Tobacco Free Dekalb
“DeKalb County will, once again, lead the state in reducing tobacco use. The execution of this project will improve the health of DeKalb residents and put forward new and innovative strategies to advance public health.”
DeKalb County is the third most densely populated county in Georgia with a suburban/urban area of 268 square miles and a population of 692,000.
Located in the northeast region of metro Atlanta, DeKalb includes ten incorporated cities and is one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the southeastern United States. DeKalb ranks second in Georgia in total labor force and attracts a labor force of 1.4 million from six metro area counties.
In 2005 nearly 25,000 businesses were licensed in the county, employing more than 360,000 people. DeKalb’s diverse industry base includes a strong presence in manufacturing, retail, construction, trade, finance, engineering, and management. More than half of the FORTUNE 500 companies with a presence in metro Atlanta have operations in DeKalb. DeKalb’s largest employers are Delta Air Lines, Emory University, Wal-Mart and AT&T.
DeKalb County is home to many of these college students. Emory University and Georgia Perimeter College represent a total enrollment of over 50,000 students combined. Agnes Scott College, Columbia Theological Seminary, DeKalb Technical College, DeVry University, Le Cordon Bleu College, Mercer University, Oglethorpe University and The Art Institute of Atlanta are all also located within DeKalb.