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Atlanta ranks high in quality of life

A T L A N T A your new hometown


…to a city where every other street seems to have “Peachtree” in its name, where its citizens are as

determined and resilient as Scarlet O’Hara, where a soft drink has become “the Real Thing” the world

over, where the courageous leader of America’s civil rights movement called home and where the status

of an international city is firmly established by hosting the Olympics.

The area of Atlanta was originally populated by a Native American

mound-building society. Many of Atlanta’s corridors follow the

paths created by the Creek and Cherokee Indian nations, who

inhabited the area until the early 19th Century. A large Creek

settlement was called Standing Pitch Tree after a tall lone tree. Over

time, the “pitch tree” became “peach tree.” No matter where you

go in Atlanta, you always seem to be driving on Peachtree.

By the time of the American Revolution, the Creek, thought

to be descendants of the early inhabitants, had established

Standing Peachtree Village near the site of an ancient mound by

the confluence of the Chattahoochee River and Peachtree Creek.

The village was a hub for several major trails and functioned as an

important trading center. A large section of one of the main trails,

which ran from the village to present-day Suwannee, was upgraded

by local European settlers near Fort Daniel built, during the War of

1812, in what is now Gwinnett County. This led to the building in

1813 of Fort Peachtree on a rise overlooking the Chattahoochee

River. The former trail that now connected the two forts became

known as the original Peachtree Road.

In 1821 the Creek ceded the lands surrounding the Atlanta area to

the State of Georgia. The first European settler in what is now Atlanta

was Hardy Ivy, who in 1833 built a cabin near present day Courtland

Street and International Boulevard. In 1836, in an effort to compete

for trade, the Georgia legislature approved the construction of a

railroad to connect the area near Chattanooga, Tennessee to “...a

point on the southeastern bank of the Chattahoochee River.” Army

engineer Colonel Stephen Harriman Long was chosen to determine

the most practical route for the new Western and Atlantic Railroad

line. After exploring half a dozen options he chose a site nine miles

south of the river. In 1837, a stake was driven into the red clay on

Hardy Ivy’s property and the town that was to become the city of

Atlanta became the “end of the line.” Aptly named Terminus by the

railroad’s chief engineer, the town boomed. As the town continued

to grow and prosper, the name Atlanta was chosen to represent

the thriving, progressive community that today nearly 5,500,000

residents call home.

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Today, the Atlanta metropolitan area consistently ranks

high in overall quality of life when compared to other cities in the

country for numerous reasons. It is home to notable businesses

such as Cingular Wireless, CNN, Cox Communications, EarthLink,

Equifax Georgia-Pacific, Home Depot, the Weather Channel and

UPS, and continues to function as a major economic hub.

With a passenger terminal complex equivalent to more than 45

football fields, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is

the world's busiest passenger airport. Atlanta is an ideal location

for carriers like hometown Delta Air Lines, as the city is only a

2-hour flight away from 83 percent of U.S. cities. Every day, nearly

250,000 passengers travel through Hartsfield-Jackson making it the

world’s busiest passenger airport.

Atlanta offers its residents distinct seasons and a temperate

climate. The flowering of the dogwood trees in the spring brings a

festive air to the city, one of the greenest metro areas in the eastern

part of the nation. Summers, which can have extended hot and

humid spells, are tempered somewhat by Atlanta's elevation on the

edge of north Georgia's Piedmont region. When fall moseys into the

Atlanta region, the abundant greenery creates a decidedly more

colorful canopy. Winters can be cold but daytime temperatures are

usually comfortable enough to enjoy being outdoors.

Due to Atlanta’s ideal location, recreational activities abound in

Georgia. Day trips offer opportunities in hiking, water skiing and

whitewater rafting. A four-hour drive from Atlanta can bring you

to the charm and grace of Savannah and the Georgia Coast, or the

splendor of the North Carolina Mountains.

Education is well served in the Atlanta area with 26 public school

systems and over 150 private schools. Atlanta consistently ranks

high in the total number of post¬secondary degrees conferred

annually. Students from around the world come to Atlanta to

attend renowned institutions such as Emory University, the Georgia

Institute of Technology and Georgia State University.

Housing choices abound in the metro Atlanta area. Because the

region covers such a large area there are homes and settings

available to match any lifestyle. For those who enjoy in-town

living, choices can run the gamut from quaint bungalows, 19th

century Victorian homes and amenity-rich condo and apartment

communities to trendy urban lofts, posh high-rises and modern,

custom-built mansions. Prefer a suburban setting? There are

plentiful options that range from family-oriented neighborhoods

to upscale golf, equestrian and tennis communities featuring

luxurious homes. The rural areas of the metro region offer spacious

settings for existing or new homes with a relaxed feel embodying

the graciousness of the South. Land is available for people who

have plans for building a dream house, while existing homes offer

choices sure to satisfy anyone seeking a pastoral repose.

Opportunities are also available for homeowners with exclusive

tastes. Numerous choices exist in golf and country club communities

offering private memberships and custom homes.

With over 8,000 restaurants in the metro area that range from

simple and satisfying to elegant and gourmet, one never needs to

go far to find a good meal. With every major U.S. regional cuisine

represented as well as offerings from the cuisines of Europe, Latin

and South America, Africa and Asia, those in search of outstanding

culinary experiences will have an endless adventure.

Cultural appetites can also be well sated. The High Museum of Art,

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Atlanta Ballet, the Alliance

Theater, the famous Fox Theater and the Civic Center plus art

galleries, comedy clubs, live music venues and local festivals are but

a few of the host of choices available for a sophisticated night on

the town or a weekend of fun. For entertainment the whole family

would enjoy Atlanta offers Six Flags Over Georgia, the Presidential

Center, the Fernbank Natural History Museum, the Martin Luther

King, Jr. Center for Nonviolent Social Change, Zoo Atlanta, the

Georgia Aquarium and the World of Coke.

Pro sporting events run year-round in Atlanta, which is home to

baseball’s Atlanta Braves, football’s Atlanta Falcons, and basketball's

Atlanta Hawks. Three state-of-the-art facilities, Philips Arena, the

Georgia Dome, Turner Field and in 2017, Suntrust Park, host these

events and have also been home to the World Series, Major League

Baseball's All Star Game, two Super Bowls, NCAA Regional and

Final Four basketball tournaments, the Peach Bowl and the SEC

Championship Game.


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Only in Atlanta

Ride your bike from Atlanta to Alabama. The Silver Comet Trail

begins in Smyrna and runs all the way across the Alabama border.

Participate in the race that runners from around the world

descend on Atlanta for each Fourth of July – the Peachtree Road

Race. Approximately 60,000 runners participate each year, making

it one of the largest 10K foot races in the world.

Ask directions from locals and you may hear “ITP” or “OTP.” These

nicknames reference communities that are “Inside the Perimeter”

or “Outside the Perimeter” created by Interstate 285, a nearly 63-

mile stretch of highway that encircles much of the city of Atlanta.

View Atlanta from the tallest hotel in the Western Hemisphere

and stay for dinner. The rotating Sun Dial Restaurant Bar and View

atop the cylindrical Westin Peachtree Plaza in Downtown Atlanta

provides a breathtaking 360-degree view of the city and surrounding

area while enjoying delicious cuisine.

1864 Battle of Atlanta, and the APEX Museum, which includes

depictions of African American history of Georgia.

Dive into a one-of-a-kind aquatic experience at the Georgia

Aquarium -- the world’s largest aquarium, where you’ll discover

beluga whales, whale sharks, penguins and aquatic animals from

around the globe.

Witness the Eastern Continental Divide, a continental divide

in the U.S. that separates the Gulf of Mexico drainage from the

watersheds that flow directly into the Atlantic Ocean, runs right

through downtown Atlanta and then east and through Decatur.

Rainwater that falls on the south and east side of the divide runs

eventually into the Atlantic Ocean while rainwater on the north and

west side of the divide runs into the Gulf of Mexico.

Taste over 60 different coke products from around the globe at the

World of Coca-Cola. Explore the complete story past, present, and

future of the world’s best-known brand!

Let your imagination run wild with LEGO fans young and old at

LEGOLAND Discovery Center - made up of a series of interactive

features with creative inspiration at every turn.

Sit at the center of a panorama of the Battle of Atlanta and take

a stirring journey through time in Atlanta’s Cyclorama & Civil War

Museum, which showcases large circular paintings depicting the

Sandy Springs, GA

Other notable attractions are The National Center for Civil and

Human Rights, The Georgia State Museum of Science and Industry,

Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, and Braves Museum & Hall of

Fame. The city also offers easy access to other historical sites such

as the Tullie Smith Farm, Wren’s Nest, and Martin Luther King Jr.

National Historical Site. The Stone Mountain Park has nature trails,

a tennis center, and amenities for swimming and fishing. Visitors to

this park can also see the figures of Confederacy President Jefferson

Davis, Lt. Gen. Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Gen. Robert E.

Lee that are carved in the granite of the mountain. Other popular

attractions include the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Yellow River Game

Ranch, Zoo Atlanta, and the Atlanta Farmers Market. Additionally,

three of Atlanta’s more prestigious universities are located close to

the downtown area Georgia State University, Morehouse College,

and Clark Atlanta University.

Atlanta offers tons of fun for adults and children alike. There are so

many things to do in Atlanta - from top attractions and history, to

outdoor adventures and award-winning culture - you’re sure to find

seasonal sensations year-round.

Smith Plantation, Roswell, GA

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Atlanta is Thriving

Companies are voting with their feet and choosing Atlanta to

expand their campuses and build their headquarters. Companies

like NCR Corporation, the global leader in consumer transaction

technologies, announced that they will relocate their headquarters

to Midtown, bringing up to 3,600 jobs to Atlanta. Porsche Cars,

Cardlyitcs, Prince Tennis, Athena Health and Pulte Group are all

moving into the City of Atlanta, creating new jobs and opportunity

for our residents.

We are witnessing a rebirth in residential and commercial development.

We celebrated the grand opening of Buckhead Atlanta and Ponce

City Market is set to open next spring. Underground Atlanta was sold

to WRS, Inc. who plans to redevelop the 12-acre property to include

mixed-use retail and housing space furthering the improvement of

our downtown corridor. I also attended the grand openings of two

new attractions in our main tourism corridor – the Center for Civil

and Human Rights and the College Football Hall of Fame. Every

ribbon cutting event and groundbreaking ceremony is not just a win

for our business community, it’s a win for Atlanta because these new

developments create new jobs and revitalize neighborhoods across

our great city.

Now more than ever, we are a place where you can start and grow

your business. We have established programs that offer invaluable

resources for entrepreneurs in the City. Programs like the Women’s

Entrepreneurs Initiative, that provides women entrepreneurs in the

city resources such as educational workshops, mentorship, and legal

and marketing advice to accelerate their business growth and the

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program, who along with

ACE will provide $3 million in loan capital for small businesses in

For more than 10 years, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

International Airport has reigned supreme as the

world’s busiest airport. Each year, more than 95

million passengers—an average of about 250,000

each day—walk the halls of the airport’s seven

concourses and board flights to one of the more

than 200 destinations served from one of its 207

gates. Twenty different regional, national and

international carriers operate flights from Hartsfield.

But Hartsfield-Jackson is more than just a way to

get from point A to point B, or a stopover for people

on their way to other destinations; it is a major cog in

the city’s economic wheel, with an estimated economic

impact of $32.5 billion.


Like the city itself, Atlanta’s airport had humble

beginnings. Back in April 1925, then-Mayor Walter

Sims signed a five-year lease on an abandoned racetrack

and committed his city to developing it into an airfield.

Four years later, the city purchased the land (for the

bargain price of $94,400) and named it Atlanta

Municipal Airport. A fledgling passenger airline

named Delta moved its headquarters from Monroe,

La., to Atlanta in 1941, paving the way for the airline’s

operations to grow. The city added passenger terminals

in the 1970s and 1980s, MARTA access arrived in 1988

and the 1.2 million-square-foot Maynard H. Jackson

Jr. International Terminal opened to much fanfare in

May 2012. These milestones are proof that the city’s

investment in its airport has more than paid off.

Getting Around

For passengers who choose to drive to the airport, the

domestic terminal is easily accessible from I-85 south

of downtown, while the new international terminal is

accessible via I-75. Parking at the airport is easy, with

more than 33,000 available spaces. For those who

prefer to make use of the city’s public transportation

system, the airport is the

terminus of the Red and Gold

lines on MARTA.

Once inside Hartsfield,

passengers can use one of 57

security lanes to quickly enter

the main terminal and the

lettered concourses. An easy-touse

inter-airport train system,

known as the Automated People

Mover, travels a 3-mile loop

and connects all concourses with

the domestic terminal. Hartsfield-Jackson boasts a

whopping 114 food and beverage locations, 90 retail

and convenience stores, three duty-free stores and 56

service outlets, including ATMs, vending machines

and spas.

More Than an Airport

Hartsfield-Jackson’s statistical profile, while impressive,

only tells part of the story. In many ways, the airport is

a city unto itself, employing more than 58,000 people,

from those outside, who run airport operations like

air traffic controllers and ground crew, to those inside,

like vendors and security staff, who make traveling

through Atlanta comfortable and safe for thousands of

passengers each day.

The economic downturn hit the metro area hard,

and recovery has been slow. A report released by the

airport in November 2014 showed that jobs at the

airport grew 9.1 percent over the past four years. This

shows that the city is committed to rebuilding from the

ground up, as jobs in the transportation sector can have

a ripple effect across the rest of the local economy.

The Future of ATL

Never a city to rest on its laurels, Atlanta has been

working long and hard to plan for both the city’s and

the airport’s future. In March 2014, leaders from a wide

Atlanta. We recognize that empowering entrepreneurs promotes

job creation and strengthens our economy.

We have a vision of not just being another great city but being the

leader in economic and cultural development in the southeast. The

City of Atlanta was awarded the largest TIGER II grant in America

and on December 30, 2014 we celebrated the official opening of the

Atlanta Streetcar. The Atlanta Streetcar represents the first step in

the dawning of a new era for transit in our city. The addition of the

Atlanta Streetcar to the City will stimulate increased investment, grow

jobs and offer residents, students, and visitors another transit option,

an option that 51,000 people chose in the first month of operation.

We are also expanding the Atlanta Beltline. This fall we broke ground

on the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Trail, the largest expansion in

its history of Atlanta Beltline through

$43 million public-private investment.

The Atlanta Beltline connects 45

neighborhoods and my Administration

has already taken the first steps in

bringing the Streetcar to the Beltline.

We’re promoting connectivity between

communities and neighborhoods, so

that regardless of where you live, you

can experience everything this great city

has to offer.

It’s an exciting time in the City of Atlanta.

Families and companies are choosing

the City of Atlanta because Atlanta

has proven to be a destination

for innovation and opportunity.

Atlanta is a city where you can

bring and build your dreams.

Mayor Kasim Reed



to the

By Gwyn Herbein

range of public and private industries launched the

Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance. The term “aerotropolis,”

which was coined by Dr. John Karsada of the

University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business

School, means using an airport as a means of urban

development to connect workers, suppliers, executives

and goods. With companies like Porsche Cars North

America building developments and bringing business

to the areas near the airport, Hartsfield-Jackson is wellpositioned

to enhance its status as a vital part of the

city’s economy.

Within the airport, the success of the international

terminal has spurred further proposals for growth. In

2014, the airport’s leadership unveiled a $4 billion

vision for a variety of projects over the next 15 years.

Plans for larger parking garages,

additional cargo buildings,

new concourses and an

additional runway are

all in the planning

stages for funding

and logistics.

No matter where

you are going,


Atlanta International

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Not Your Mom’s


Gwyn Herbein

You don’t have to live in Atlanta very long

before likely hearing the mantra, “MARTA...it’s

s’MARTA!” repeated several times. MARTA, which

stands for Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit

Authority, a network of trains, shuttles and buses,

provides access to some of the metro area’s largest

businesses and busiest tourist attractions. From

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

to Centennial Olympic Park and the bustling

shopping districts of Buckhead and Perimeter Mall,

commuters have many ways to get from point A to

point B. With route expansions, station renovations

and technology integrations well underway,

MARTA and its leadership are working hard to

ensure that Atlanta—and its residents—keep

moving forward.

Where MARTA’s Been

In a city known for its urban sprawl and frustrating

gridlock traffic, residents appreciate having options

for getting where they need to go. As Atlanta and

its population began to grow in the middle of

the twentieth century, city officials recognized

the importance of public transportation. After

considering a variety of plans and proposals, in

1965 the state legislature passed the Metropolitan

Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority Act, which created

the system now known as MARTA, and it was

subsequently approved by four counties and the

City of Atlanta. The next several years were spent

consolidating a patchwork of existing systems as

well as securing land and voter approval to purchase

the Atlanta Transit System.

Know Before You Go


Trains run from 4:45 a.m.

to 1 a.m. during the week

and from 6 a.m. to 1 a.m.

on weekends


Weekday rush hour trains

(6–9 a.m. and 3–7 p.m.) are

approximately 10 minutes

apart; the rest of the day

they are approximately 15

minutes apart; after 8:30

p.m. and on weekends,

trains run every 20 minutes.


$2.50 (single trip)

For maps and additional

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On June 30, 1979, the first MARTA train began

operating between the Avondale and Georgia State

stations. From there, service spread to the south, to

the Airport station, to the north, to Buckhead and

beyond, as well as to the east and west. New stations

continued opening

well into the beginning

of the 21st century,

with the addition of

Sandy Springs and

North Springs in 2000.

The hard work

and dedication of

city officials, MARTA

employees and

community members

has helped bolster a

system that Atlanta

can be proud of. Saba

Long, a spokeswoman

for MARTA, notes that

MARTA now has the

distinction of being the

ninth-largest transit

system in the country.

“MARTA serves millions

of Atlanta area residents

and visitors,” she notes.

“With direct connections

to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,

business districts, major tourist attractions and

historic neighborhoods, MARTA is a reliable, safe

transportation alternative.” Long also notes that

MARTA was the first transit system in the country

to adopt a stored value smartcard—known as the

Breeze card—as a mechanism for customers to

pay their fare. “Breeze cards can be purchased

and reloaded online or at any of MARTA’s 38 rail

stations,” she adds.

Where MARTA’s Going

Now a well-oiled network of trains, buses, parkand-ride

lots and other amenities, MARTA and

its leadership have their eyes focused on bringing

the system into the future. Through station

improvements and expansions, its “Ride With

Respect” initiative and technological upgrades,

MARTA is transforming itself into a system that

appeals to a wide range of Atlanta’s demographics.

First and foremost, MARTA leadership

understands that many of its customers rely on

their mobile devices every day to provide up-todate

information. “[Customers can] download

MARTA’s free ‘On the Go’ mobile app to find

scheduling information, real-time bus and rail

arrival information and service alerts for MARTA’s

four rail lines and 91 bus routes,” says Long. “By

developing and maintaining the mobile app inhouse,

MARTA is able to provide customers with

prompt updates to assist customers in trip planning.”

As a companion to its Ride With Respect campaign,

which encourages riders to be considerate of their

fellow passengers, the system also has a “See

Something, Say Something” app. “Just as you

would immediately report suspicious or improper

behavior in an airport, you should do the same when

using public transit,” says

Long. “Using the app

empowers customers

to anonymously report

suspicious behavior.

Thanks to the public’s

help and the diligence

of MARTA’s able police

force, MARTA ranks as

one of the safest transit

systems in the country.”

As the metro

area has expanded, the

system has been actively

investigating ways to be

more accessible to more

residents. It secured

its first jurisdictional

expansion in November

2014, when Clayton

County residents voted

to bring the authority

into the county. “In 2015,

MARTA will begin bus

service to Clayton County, connecting its residents

with Fulton, DeKalb and the City of Atlanta.

Within a decade, the Authority anticipates a highcapacity

transit project such as commuter rail or

Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) will open in Clayton,” says

Long of the expansion.

MARTA is also investigating the possibility of

future projects. “Among them [are] extending the

Red Line past Mansell Road, a Light Rail Transit

(LRT) project connecting Atlanta and the Clifton

Corridor and a high-capacity transit project along

I-20 East,” explains Long. “These projects will

exponentially increase the region’s transit access

and connect thousands of residents and visitors

to employment centers and neighborhoods.”

Long touts the importance of transit-oriented

development as a way to attract what the authority

refers to as lifestyle customers, or people who

intentionally incorporate transit into their daily

lives. As more and more companies relocate to

the metro area and development projects from

Ponce City Market in Midtown to Avalon in

Alpharetta attract millenials and other workers

to concentrated areas, transit becomes more

important. “Companies such as PulteGroup and

Bellsouth have intentionally moved their corporate

offices to Atlanta and specifically in close proximity

to MARTA rail stations,” says Long. “This is a clear

sign public perception towards MARTA and transit

is shifting in the metro Atlanta region.”

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Atlanta’s Best

The 25 Top Employers

1 Delta Air Lines; Delta Air Lines, Inc. is a major American

airline, with its headquarters and largest hub at Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.

2 Wal-Mart Stores Inc; Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., d.b.a. Wal-Mart,

is an American multinational retail corporation that operates a

chain of discount department stores and warehouse stores.

3 Emory University / Emory Healthcare; Staffed

exclusively by Emory University School of Medicine faculty

who also are members of the Emory Clinic, Emory University

Hospital is one of the nation’s leading hospitals in cardiology

and heart surgery, cancer, neurology and more.

4 DeKalb County Government & Schools; DeKalb County

School District is the third largest district in the state of Georgia.

The district serves more than 101,000 students with over

14,000 employees.

5 AT&T; AT&T Inc. is an American multinational

telecommunications corporation. It is the second largest

provider of mobile telephone and the largest provider of fixed

telephone in the United States, and also provides broadband

subscription television services.

6 Publix Supermarkets; Publix Super Markets are the

largest and fastest-growing employee-owned supermarket

chain in the United States.

7 Cobb County School District; The school district includes

all of Cobb County except for the Marietta City Schools. Cobb

County School District is among the largest in the United States,

with a 2014 enrollment of 111,751. It has 13,371 employees,

7,103 of whom are teachers.




Hapeville, Georgia come see

where things are taking off!

Hapeville is located on the

doorstep of the Atlanta Hartsfield-

Jackson International Airport

between I-75 and I-85.

Hapeville is a proud member of

the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance

public and private partners

working together to leverage the

economic potential of the airport

and to market the region.

Dramatic job tax advantages

attract businesses to Hapeville’s

commercial Opportunity Zone.

Residential neighborhoods

feature homes such as craftsmanstyle

bungalows, traditional

Chicago-style townhomes and

loft-condominiums; with

manicured parks and facilities.

Hapeville celebrates the arts,

investing in its own Performing

Arts Center, and vibrant public art.

Hapeville Assoc. of Tourism & Trade

Department of Economic Development

Hapeville, GA. * (404)-669-8269

Aviation Heritage Mural, Shannon Lake

8 City of Atlanta Government & Schools; Atlanta Public

Schools enrolls 55,000 students in 106 schools, some of which

are operated as charter schools.

9 United States Postal Service - Atlanta District; The

Postal Service has the country’s largest retail network —

larger than McDonald’s, Starbucks and Wal-Mart combined,


10 The Coca-Cola Co.; The Coca-Cola Company is an American

multinational beverage corporation and manufacturer, retailer

and marketer of nonalcoholic beverage concentrates and

syrups, which is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia

11 The Home Depot; The world’s largest home improvement

specialty retailer, with one stop shopping, is available in all 50


11 Southern Company; The Southern Company is an

American electric utility holding company based in the

southern United States. It is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.

12 WellStar Health System; WellStar Health System is a

not-for-profit system providing comprehensive care in Metro


13 UPS (United Parcel Service); One of the largest

shipment and logistics companies in the world, UPS is the

American global package delivery company headquartered in

Sandy Springs. UPS delivers more than 18.3 million packages

a day to more than 8.4 million customers in more than 220

countries and territories around the world.

14 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC);

CDC works 24/7 to protect America from health, safety and

security threats, both foreign

and in the U.S. Whether

diseases start at home or

abroad, are chronic or acute,

curable or preventable, human

error or deliberate attack, CDC

fights disease and supports

communities and citizens to do

the same.

15 Clayton County Public

Schools; Clayton County

Public Schools is a public school

district located in Jonesboro.

With over 50,823 students,

CCPS is the fifth largest school

district in Georgia and is ranked

among the 100 largest school

systems in the U.S.

16 Lockheed Martin

Aeronautics Company;

Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Company is known for building

the finest military aircraft in

the world. This recognition

was earned through relentless

research and development

of high-performance aircraft

and by continuously seeking

innovative and low-cost design

and manufacturing strategies.

17 Bank of America; Bank

of America is an American

multinational banking and financial services company and is

the second largest bank holding company in the United States

by assets.

18 SunTrust Banks Inc; Atlanta-based SunTrust provides

deposit, credit, trust and investment services to a broad range

of retail, business and institutional clients. Other subsidiaries

provide mortgage banking, asset management, securities

brokerage, and capital market services.

19 Cox Enterprises; Cox Enterprises, Inc. is a privately

held media conglomerate. Cox Enterprises consists of Cox

Communications (cable, broadband), Cox Media Group

(newspapers, TV, radio stations) and Cox Automotive (Manheim

car auctions, AutoTrader.com). The company remains familyowned.

20 Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.; American media

conglomerate and subsidiary of Time Warner, managing

the collection of cable networks and properties initiated or

acquired by “Ted” Turner during the 1970s. TBS, Inc. merged

with Time Warner and now operates as a semi-autonomous

unit of Time Warner.

21 Northside Hospital; Northside Hospital is a 455-bed, notfor-profit,

full-service community hospital with more than 1450

physicians on staff.

22 Piedmont Healthcare; For more than a century, Piedmont

Healthcare has been a recognized leader in delivering expert

care. Last year, Piedmont served nearly two million patients -

performing over 44,000 surgeries, delivering 8,000 babies,

providing 471,695 outpatient encounters, completing 235

organ transplants and handling nearly 250,000 emergency

room visits.

23 Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; Children’s Healthcare

of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed to

enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient

care, research and education. Managing more than half a

million patient visits annually at three hospitals and over 35

neighborhood locations.

24 Georgia Institute of Technology; The Georgia Institute

of Technology is one of the nation’s top research universities.

There are nearly 1,000 full-time instructional faculty and more

than 25,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

25 Southwest Airlines / AirTran Airways; Southwest

Airlines Co. is a major U.S. airline and the world’s largest lowcost

carrier. The airline has more than 49,000 employees and

operates more than 3,900 flights per day.

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1. Center of Human Rights; The Center for Civil

and Human Rights in downtown Atlanta is an engaging

cultural attraction that connects the American Civil Rights

Movement to today’s Global Human Rights Movements.

2. High Museum; With its renowned collection

of classic and contemporary art and award-winning

architecture by Richard Meier and Renzo Piano, the

High Museum of Art has grown from its origins in a

stately home on Peachtree Street to become the leading

art museum in the southeastern United States.

3. Georgia Aquarium; Georgia Aquarium is the world’s

most inspiring aquarium with over 8 million gallons of water

the top Atlanta attraction, right in the heart of downtown.

4. The College Football Hall of Fame; The College

Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience open in

downtown Atlanta provides visitors with a highly-immersive,

interactive, and engaging experience using a blend of historic

college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive

multimedia exhibits.

5. Stone Mountain Park; Located on 3,200 acres of

natural beauty, Stone Mountain Park features a wide variety

of fun family activities and things to do such as dozens of fun

annual events. Stone Mountain activities are suitable for all ages

6. World of Coke; The World of Coca-Cola is the only

place where you can experience the fascinating story of the

world’s best-known beverage brand in a dynamic, multimedia


7. Fernbank Museum of Natural History; Only at

Fernbank Museum can you come face-to-face with the world’s

largest dinosaurs, explore the development of life on Earth

through the landscapes of present-day Georgia, connect with

cultures from around the globe, engage in a variety of handson

and special exhibitions including an incredible 5-story

experience of an IMAX® film.

8. Atlanta Botanical Garden; The Atlanta Botanical

Garden is a 30 acres botanical garden located Midtown,

incorporated in 1976, the garden’s mission is to “develop

and maintain plant collections for the purposes of display,

education, conservation, research and enjoyment.”

9. Six Flags Over Georgia; The park boasts 13 heartpounding

roller coasters headlined by the hyper-coaster Goliath,

ranked as one of the top coasters in the world and Dare Devil

Dive, a beyond-vertical coaster that sends you soaring through

three inversions. Cool off on Thunder River, a wild rafting

adventure or splash around at Paradise Island, a towering water

play structure with hundreds of water elements.

10. Atlanta Cyclorama; Visit the Cyclorama in Atlanta’s

Grant Park to see artifacts of the war displayed in the Civil War

Museum and a steam locomotive known as the Texas, a veteran

of the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862.







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CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Atlanta Education 101

By Gwyn Herbein

When moving to a new city, or even just changing neighborhoods,

parents want to know what the schools are like. Metro Atlanta

boasts a wide range of options, from public schools to charters and

a wide range of independent institutions, that are committed to

preparing students for college, careers and beyond. Determining

the best choice for your family can be overwhelming, so for

additional information and resources, visit the Georgia Department

of Education’s website (doe.k12.ga.us).

Success in public schools

Educators and leaders in the metro area’s 33 public school districts have

long been focused on aligning the state’s educational standards with

those of other districts across the country. Over the past four years, the

state has worked to implement 31 different projects, from revised testing

procedures to new methods of teacher evaluations, proposed under

the federal Race to the Top grants. Additionally, the entire high school

curricula has recently been updated to better meet college and career

standards. These efforts, plus many more, are paying off: For the fifth

straight year, Georgia’s 2015 high school graduation rate rose significantly,

from ​72.5 percent in 2014 to 78.8 percent in 2015. Under the leadership

of State Superintendent Richard Woods, who took office earlier this year,

parents can be sure the reforms and improvements will keep coming.

Schools across the metro area have much to be proud of these days.

In February, four local districts were awarded Striving Reader Grants, a

program designed to raise literacy rates. In 2014, seven area schools—a

mix of public, charter, magnet and independent schools—were awarded

the prestigious “National Blue Ribbon Award,” a distinction given each

year by the U.S. Department of Education to schools working to close the

achievement gap among their students.

Charter schools are another good option for those seeking

public education. Operating under the terms of a charter, these schools

are not required to adhere to the same rules as other public schools, but

are held to a higher standard of accountability when it comes to student

achievement. For more information and a list of schools in the area, visit


Explore other options

For some students, educational success may come from smaller classes,

a curriculum focused on a specific career path or other non-traditional

options. When investigating whether an independent school environment

might be a good fit, it is important to consider the mission of each school

to ensure it aligns with your family’s needs. The metro area is home to a

wide range of options, from single-gender programs to boarding schools,

and many schools use rolling admissions, which gives relocating families

more flexibility during the application process. The Southern Association

of Independent Schools (sais.org) can help narrow down your search of


Atlanta City Public Schools (404) 802-3500, atlanta.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 18 Charter, 54 Elementary Schools, 12 Middle

Schools, 11 High Schools, and 8 Other.

Barrow County Public Schools (770) 867-4527, barrow.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 8 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle Schools,

4 High Schools, and 1 Other.

Bartow County Public Schools (770) 606-5800, bartow.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 1 Charter, 12 Elementary Schools, 4 Middle

Schools, and 3 High Schools.

Buford City Public Schools (770) 945-5035, bufordcityschools.org

Number of schools: 1 Elementary School, 1 Middle School, 1 High

School, and 1 Other.

Cherokee County Public Schools (770) 479-1871, cherokee.k12.

ga.us Number of schools: 1 Charter, 24 Elementary Schools, 6 Middle

Schools, 6 High Schools, and 5 Other.

Clayton County Public Schools (770) 473-2706, clayton.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 37 Elementary Schools, 17 Middle Schools,

12 High Schools, and 3 Other.

Cobb County Public Schools (770) 426-3300, cobbk12.org

Number of schools: 4 Charter, 68 Elementary Schools, 25 Middle

Schools, and 16 High Schools

Dekalb County Public Schools (678) 676-1200, dekalb.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 2 Charter, 73 Elementary Schools, 18 Middle

Schools, and 21 High Schools.

Douglas County Public Schools (770) 651-2000, douglas.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 20 Elementary Schools, 7 Middle Schools,

4 High Schools, and 2 Other.

Fayette County Public Schools (770) 460-3535, fcboe.org

Number of schools: 14 Elementary Schools, 5 Middle Schools,

5 High Schools, and 2 Other.

Forsyth County Public Schools (770) 887-2461, forsyth.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 20 Elementary Schools, 9 Middle Schools,

5 High Schools, and 3 Other.

Fulton County Public Schools (404) 768-3600, fultonschools.org

Number of schools: 8 Charter, 59 Elementary Schools, 19 Middle Schools,

17 High Schools, and 4 Other.

Gainesville City Public Schools (770) 536-5275, gcssk12.net

Number of schools: 5 Elementary, 1 Middle, and 2 High School.

Gwinnett County Public Schools (678) 301-6000, gwinnett.k12.ga.us

Number of schools: 73 Elementary Schools, 29 Middle Schools, 20 High

Schools, and 14 Other.

Hall County Public Schools (770) 534-1080, hallco.org

Number of schools: 1 Charter, 20 Elementary Schools, 8 Middle Schools,

and 8 High Schools.

Marietta City Schools (770) 422-3500, marietta-city.org

Number of schools: 1 Charter, 7 Elementary Schools, 2 Middle Schools,

and 1 High School.

CommunityProfiles >> 2017 11

Woodward Academy

woodward.edu (404) 765-4000

Woodward Academy, formerly Georgia Military Academy, was founded

in 1900 and is one of Atlanta’s most prestigious coed college-preparatory

independent schools. From more than twenty metro counties, Woodward

draws students from more than twenty Atlanta metro counties and is, in its

own right, a microcosm of Atlanta. Woodward Academy includes.

• Upper School, College Park (Grades nine through 12)

• Middle School, College Park (Grades seven and eight)

• Lower School, College Park (Grades four through six)

• Primary School, College Park (Grades Pre-kindergarten through three)

• Woodward North, Johns Creek (Pre-kindergarten through grade six)

• The Transition Program For Learning Disabilities

(Grades three through 10)

Today, there are more than 2,700 students in grades PK-12 on two

campuses: Woodward North in Johns Creek (PK-6 on 35 acres) and Main

Campus in College Park (PK-12 on 75 acres). Known for providing an

exceptional education experience, Woodward Academy typically graduates

100 percent of its students who go on to attend more than 100 different

colleges and universities. The Academy devotes 5,000 hours to community

service projects and earns upward of $13 million in scholarship awards and

offers 19 AP courses in the Upper School, The Academy is also known for

its “Transition Program,” which offers students with diagnosable learning

disabilities special courses through 10th grade. In 11th grade, those students

are mainstreamed into traditional classes.

High Meadows

highmeadows.org (770) 993-2940

Established in 1973, High Meadows School is recognized for its excellence in

providing quality education, an innovative curriculum, and emphasis on love

of learning, engagement, and connection. High Meadows School is a private,

non-profit, co-educational, independent, and non-sectarian day school

for students in preschool through eighth grade. Established in 1973 and

located on more than 40 wooded acres in Roswell, Georgia, High Meadows

a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. The school is in the center

of a diverse community and its International Baccalaureate curriculum helps

prepare students for the global community.


Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

mtbethelchristian.org (770) 971-0245

Founded in 1998, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy has provided a rigorous

college-preparatory program in an environment that builds confidence and

character in their students. What sets Mt. Bethel apart is uncomplicated

and uncommon - an expert and seasoned faculty who excel at nurturing

each child to their fullest potential in an environment of Christian love and


The Academy has earned a remarkable reputation for uncompromising

academic standards. The challenging curriculum extends beyond the basic

core subjects and includes courses in Latin, Spanish, logic, technology,

yearbook, art, music, band, chorus, and Bible/apologetics. Middle school

classes include an advanced math track and advanced history.

Classes are small by design with servant leadership development beginning

in Kindergarten and a one-to-one MacBook laptop program beginning in fifth

grade. The championship athletic program includes volleyball, soccer, crosscountry,

basketball, baseball, golf, tennis, and cheerleading.

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy holds a dual accreditation with the

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Southern Association

of Independent Schools (SACS/SAIS). For more information, contact

Jackie Grasty, Director of Admission, at 770-971-0245 or jackie.grasty@


Whitefield Academy

whitefieldacademy.com (678) 305-3000

Whitefield Academy is a Christ-centered, PreK4 through 12th college

preparatory school located on a beautiful 100-acre campus in the Smyrna/

Vinings area. Whitefield provides students with a rigorous academic

curriculum, including 31 AP and Honors courses. The school offers a wellrounded

extracurricular program with 14 after-school programs in the

Lower School, 39 clubs and organizations, and 53 athletic teams. Whitefield

has earned five athletic state championships and multiple athletic region

championships. It has an award-winning arts program with multiple

Scholastic Arts winners, regional One-Act play awards and musical ensembles

which entertain across the state. Each year, Whitefield graduates are offered

millions in scholarships and grants, and are admitted to acclaimed colleges

and universities across the United States such as Columbia University,

Dartmouth College, Georgia Institute of Technology, Harvard University,

Princeton University, and Washington and Lee University.











With two campuses serving the Greater

Atlanta area, Mt. Bethel Christian Academy

provides an extraordinary Christ-centered

environment where students in grades pre-K

through 12 are academically challenged,

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Atlanta Girls School

Grades: 6-12 Enrollment: 233 Year: 2000

Atlanta International School

Grades: K-12 Enrollments: 1,113 Year 1984

Ben Franklin Academy

Grades: 10-12 Enrollment: 110 Year 1987

Cherokee Christian School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 400 Year: 1986

Fellowship Christian Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 750 Year: 1986

Galloway School

Grades: PK-I 2 Enrollment: 747 Year: 1969

George Walton Academy

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 900 Year: 1969

Greater Atlanta Christian School

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 1760 Year: 1969

The Heiskell School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 1400 Year 1949

High Meadows School

Grades: PreK-8 Enrollment: 390 Year: 1973

Holy Innocents Episcopal School

Grades: 3 yr-12 yr Enrollment: 1411 Year: 1959

Holy Spirit Preparatory School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 600 Year: 1996

King’s Ridge Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 855 Year 2001

Lakeview Academy

Grades: PreK-12 Enrollment 600 Year:1970

Landmark Christian School

Grades: K4-12 Enrollment: 837 Year:1989

The Lovett School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment 1585 Year: 1926

Marist School

Grades: 7-12 Enrollment: 1077 Year: 1901

Mill Springs Academy

Grades: 1-12 Enrollment: 300 Year: 1981

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy Main Campus

Grades: JK-8 Enrollment: 560 Year 1998

Mt. Bethel Christian Academy North Campus

Grades: 9-12 Enrollment: 70 Year: 1998

Mt. Paran Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1215 Year: 1976

Mount Pisgah Christian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 882 Year 1986

Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 900 Year: 1972

North Cobb Christian School

Grades: PreK-12 Enrollment: 900 Year 1983

Our Lady of the Assumption

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 436 Year 1951

Pace Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1000 Year: 1958

The Paideia School

Grades: K-12th Enrollment: 875 Year : 1971

Providence Christian Academy

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 753 Year 1991

Shreiner Academy

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment: 191 Year: 1980

St. Martin’s Episcopal School

Grades: PK-8 Enrollment:: 645 Year: 1959

Trinity School

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 640 Year: 1951

The Walker School

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment:1,347 Year: 1957

Wesleyan School

Grades: K-12 Enrollment: 1,122 Year: 1963

The Westminster Schools

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 1,804 Year 1951

Whitefield Academy

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment: 800 Year: 1997

Woodward Academy-Main

Grades: PK-12 Enrollment 2,322 Year 1900

Woodward Academy-North

Grades: PK-6 Enrollment: 334 Year: 1990


404 845-0900 3254 Northside Parkway NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 atlantagirlsschool.org

770 279-7771 2890 N Fulton Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30305 aischool.org

404 633-7404 1585 Clifton Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329 benfranklinacademy.org

678 494-5464 3075 Trickum Road, Woodstock, GA 30188 cherokeechristian.org

770 992-4975 480 Crossville Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 fellowshipchristianschool.org

404-252-8389 215 West Weuca Rd, NW, Atlanta, GA 30342 galloway school.org

770 267-7578 1 Bulldog Dr., Monroe, GA 30655 gwa.com

770 243-2000 1575 Indian Trail Rd, Norcross, GA 30093 greateratlantachristian.org

404 262-2233 3260 Northside Dr, Atlanta, GA 30305 heiskell.net

770 993-2940 1055 Willeo Rd, Roswell, GA 30075 highmeadows.org

404 255-4026 805 Mount Vernon Hwy NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 hies.org

404 255-0900 4820 Long Island Dr, Atlanta, GA 30342 holyspiritprep.com

770 754-5738 2765 Bethany Bend, Alpharetta, GA 30004 kingsridgecs.org

770 532-4383 796 Lakeview Dr NE, Gainesville, GA 30501 lakeviewacademy.com

770 306-0647 50 East Broad St, Fairburn, GA 30213 landmarkchristianschool.org

404 262-3032 4075 Paces Ferry Rd NW, Atlanta, GA 30327 lovett.org

770 457-7201 3790 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 marist.com

770 360-1336 13660 New Providence Rd, Alpharetta, GA 30004 millsprings.org

770 971-0245 4385 Lower Roswell Rd, Marietta, GA 30068 mtbethelchristian.org

770 971-0245 2509 Post Oak Tritt Rd, Marietta, GA 30062 mtbethelchristian.org

770 578-0182 1275 Stanley Road, Kennesaw, GA 30152 mtparanschool.com

678 336-3443 9820 Nesbit Ferry Road, Alpharetta, GA 30022 experiencepisgah.org

404 252-3448 471 Mt. Vernon Hwy NE, Atlanta, GA 30328 mvpschool.corn

770 975-0252 4500 Lakeview Dr, Kennesaw, GA 30144 ncchristian.org

404 364-1902 1320 Hearst Dr NE, Atlanta, GA 30319 olaschool.org

404 262-1345 966 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 paceacademy.org

404 377-3491 1509 Ponce de Leon, Atlanta, GA 30307 paideiaschool.org

770 279-7200 4575 Lawrenceville Hwy, Lilburn, GA 30047 providencechristianacademy.org

770 953-1340 1340 Terrell Mill Rd, Marietta, GA 30067 shreiner.com

404 237-4260 3110-A Ashford-Dunwoody Rd, Atlanta, GA 30319 stmartinschool.org

404 231-8100 4301 Northside Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30327 trinityatl.org

770 427-2689 700 Cobb Parkway N, Marietta, GA 30062 thewalkerschool.org

770 448-7640 5405 Spalding Dr, Norcross, GA 30092 wesleyanschool.org

770 355-8673 1424 West Paces Ferry Rd, Atlanta, GA 30327 westminster.net

678 305-3000 One Whitfield Dr, Mableton, GA 30126 whitefieldacademy.com

404 765-4001 1662 Rugby Ave, College Pork, GA 30337 woodward.edu

404 765-4490 6565 Boles Rd, Duluth, GA 30097 woodward.edu

CommunityProfiles >> 2017 13

Atlanta has an active student population as a leading city in the United

States for higher education. There are 22 higher education institutions

in the Atlanta area, offering a wide variety of degrees in areas such

as medicine and technology. Following is information about the main

higher education institutions in the Atlanta area

Agnes Scott College offers 34 undergraduate majors and 31 minors and is

affiliated with numerous institutions, including Georgia Institute of Technology

and Emory University School of Nursing. Agnes Scott College, founded in

1889, is an independent national liberal arts college for women. It sits on

100 acres shaded with some of the state’s oldest trees in Decatur, a city that

lies six miles from the center of Atlanta. MARTA (Atlanta’s rapid transit) stops

three blocks from campus.

The Atlanta University Center Consortium (AUC Consortium) is the largest

contiguous consortium of African Americans in higher education in the United

States. The center consists of four historically black colleges and universities

(HBCUs) in southwest Atlanta. The institutions included in this consortium

are Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, Morehouse College and the

Morehouse School of Medicine. The consortium structure allows for students

to cross-register at the other institutions in order to attain a broader collegiate

experience. They also share the Robert W. Woodruff Library, a Dual Degree

Engineering Program, and Career Planning and Placement Services.

Clayton State University is a four-year public university located in Morrow,

Georgia, about 15 miles from Atlanta. Clayton State’s roughly 7,000 students

can choose from eight master’s degree programs and 40 baccalaureate

majors offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Health,

and Information and Mathematical Sciences, as well as the School of

Graduate Studies. Clayton State was the third public institution that required

every student to have access to a notebook computer, making it one of the

“Notebook Universities.” The Clayton State Lakers field 12 intercollegiate

sports and compete in the NCAA Division II Peach Belt Conference (PBC); their

women’s basketball team holds a NCAA Division II National Championship.

Emory University - U.S. News and World Report, in its 2016 rankings of the

best colleges and universities in the United States, placed Emory 21st in the

national university rankings. Emory’s main campus is located in the Druid Hills

section of unincorporated DeKalb County. The university has nearly 3,000

faculty members; awards and honors recognizing Emory faculty include the

Nobel Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, National Humanities Medal, Guggenheim

Fellowship, Fulbright Fellowship, and membership in the American Academy

of Arts & Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. Emory is home to

7,656 undergraduates and 6,580 graduate and professional students (Fall


Georgia Piedmont Technical College established in 1961, is one of the

oldest and respected of Georgia’s 33 technical colleges. Students have the

opportunity to attend classes at one of two campuses and five centers

conveniently located throughout the metro area. In 2010, the College served

24,590 students and conferred 1,118 awards to graduates earning associate

degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Graduates have a 99

percent job placement rate with 69 percent graduate placement in jobs in or

related to their program of study or in further education.

Georgia State University Founded in 1913 it offers dozens of nationally ranked

and recognized academic programs. They merged with Georgia Perimeter

College in 2016 and are now one of the nation’s largest universities. It is

among the top 100 public universities for doctoral degrees awarded. More

than 250 degree programs with 100 fields of study are offered at the

bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral levels. Students may enroll in

day or evening classes and in part-time or full-time study. GSU has over 60,000

undergraduate and graduate students with over 200 majors and minors.

Schools and Colleges: Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Byrdine F.

Lewis School of Nursing and Health Professions, College of Arts and Sciences,

College of Education and Human Development, College of Law, Honors

College, J. Mack Robinson College of Business, Perimeter College, School of

Public Health.

Georgia Tech - The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the nation’s

top research universities. Undergraduate and graduate degrees are offered

through the Institute’s six colleges: Architecture, Computing, Engineering,

Sciences, the Scheller College of Business, and the Ivan Allen College of Liberal

Arts. Georgia Tech is consistently ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s top

ten public universities in the United States. There are nearly 1,000 full-time

instructional faculty and more than 21,500 undergraduate and graduate

students. It is a part of the University System of Georgia and has satellite

campuses in Savannah, Georgia; Metz, France; Athlone, Ireland; Shanghai,

China; and Singapore. Georgia Tech is consistently the only technological

university ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s listing of America’s top ten



Education News By

Phyllis Rice Ingle

Photo: Courtesy Georgia Institute of Technology

public universities. In addition, the College of Engineering is consistently

ranked in the nation’s top five by U.S. News.

Kennesaw State University known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense

of community, has been a four-year institution accredited by the Southern

Association of Colleges and Schools since 1976. Located just northwest of

Atlanta in Cobb County near historic Kennesaw Mountain, KSU offers campuses

in Marietta and Kennesaw. It is the third-largest university in Georgia, with

more than 33,000 undergraduate and graduate students, representing 132

countries. In January of 2015, the Board of Regents of the University System

of Georgia approved the consolidation of Kennesaw and Southern Polytechnic

Universities, one of the state’s leading educators in the fields of technology

and engineering.

The new Kennesaw State University combines the best from two of

Georgia’s most well-respected institutions in higher education, offering

students a broad range of quality academics, as well as a growing campus

life and athletic programs. With more than 150 undergraduate, graduate and

doctoral degree programs in business, engineering, architecture, nursing,

teaching, math and science programs, graduates of KSU enter the job market

prepared for careers as wide-ranging as international conflict management to

podiatry. KSU’s nursing program is the largest in the state and has the medical

community seeking its graduates. Their College of Continuing Education offers

more than 2,500 courses and hosts nearly 50,000 people attending meetings

or conferences annually in the KSU Center.

Being recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top

universities in the region, the new Kennesaw State University is positioned

to become one of Georgia’s world-class comprehensive higher education


Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions

of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate

liberal arts to doctoral-level degrees. With more than 8,300 students enrolled

in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta and Savannah, and

at four Regional Academic Centers around the state, Mercer is consistently

ranked among the nation’s leading institutions by such publications as U.S.

News & World Report and the Princeton Review. Colleges & Schools are:

Liberal Arts Business & Economics Engineering, Education Music Continuing

& Professional Studies, Law Theology Medicine, Pharmacy Nursing Health

Professions, Evening, Weekend & Online Programs

Oglethorpe University Consistently listed among the best colleges in the

Princeton Review and Forbes and has been named to the President’s Higher

Education Community Service Honor Roll since 2006. Oglethorpe is located

on a beautiful, self-contained Gothic campus near Atlanta’s Buckhead

neighborhood. The school offers small, personal classes in academically

rigorous programs (including an individually planned major, which presents

nearly endless options); partnerships with 20 Atlanta colleges and universities,

including Emory, Georgia Tech and SCAD; a graduate program in education;

and signature programs such as Urban Ecology, Rich Urban Leadership

Program, the Honors Program, the Oglethorpe University Museum of Art,

and Georgia Shakespeare, the campus’s professional theatre-in-residence.

Scholar-athletes participate in 16 varsity sports, including recently added

teams in men’s and women’s lacrosse, and is a member of the NCAA Division

III Southern Athletic Association

University of Georgia has seen its academic reputation and enrollment

continue to rise markedly since Georgia’s HOPE Scholarship program was

started in 1993. The average SAT for students entering University of Georgia in

2012 was 1915 out of 2400 and the average GPA was 3.88.The national college

rankings place UGA among the top 20 of all public universities in America

and a top 10 best value. Their primary campus is located on 759-acres. The

university offers over 140 degree programs in a wide array of disciplines

spread across multiple campuses. The University of Georgia is organized into

eighteen schools and colleges. The university has three main campuses; the

largest one is the main campus in Athens, Georgia and the two others are

located in Tifton, Georgia and Griffin, Georgia. The University of Georgia also

has two satellite campuses located in Atlanta and Lawrenceville. Enrollment

is 26,151 undergraduate, 6600 graduate students, and 1600 professional


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Atlanta Health Care

The hospital landscape in metropolitan Atlanta is as much a reflection

of the city’s growth and continued outward expansion as any of the

traditional economic indicators. It wasn’t so far back in the area’s

timeline that the choice of a hospital was driven by where your doctor

had privileges without concern for geography. Now, as the metro area

spreads outward in all directions, each community seems to have its

own roster of medical facilities, much as they also have the familiar

retail and chain restaurants.

And hospital systems are recognizing the business necessity of

bringing with them medical specialists, giving the proximate residents

access to virtually any treatment they need. Whether that be a simple

appendectomy to neurosurgery, an annual physical to a CT scan with

the latest technology or delivering a baby to the most sophisticated

neonatal procedures.

In addition to providing the best care possible, there is also a savvy

symbiotic relationship being played out between medical consumers

and medical providers. On the consumer side is a growing sentiment

that circumstance compels all to take an active role in their own

healthcare choices – that, as opposed to the days when the family

doctor dictated all the decisions. On the other side, the business side

of the hospital business, is the realization that there is profit to be

found in giving the customer what he or she wants, where they want it.

However, this is not to infer every hospital throughout the sprawl

is equal. Among the legion of facilities there are places with wellearned

reputations in specific medical/surgical disciplines. But it

does reflect today’s reality that the decision on where and whether

to build a hospital is now predicated on meeting consumer demand.

Communities need and want their own hospitals.

WellStar Atlanta Medical Center


Main Campus

South Campus

(404) 265-4000 (404) 466-1170

Atlanta Medical Center is a designated Level I Trauma Center and is

nationally recognized in cardiology, advanced surgery, neurology, and

many other areas. The center began its service to the Atlanta community

in 1901 and is now a 460-bed facility sprawled across two city blocks.

Services provided at Atlanta Medical Center include a 30-bed neonatal

intensive care unit; the Atlanta Cancer Center; the Atlanta Rehabilitation

Center; three medical office buildings; the Wellness Center; the Graduate

Medical Education Program, and areas of medical excellence that provide

care in advanced surgery, cardiology, oncology, neurology, women’s health,

orthopedics, and trauma.

The South Campus has 338 beds to serve residents in South Fulton, Coweta,

Fayette, Clayton, and Douglas counties. They have a medical staff of 300

and an additional 1,000 healthcare professionals. The hospital has an active

auxiliary staff of more than 100 persons.

Atlanta VA Medical Center


(404) 321-6111

Atlanta VA Medical Center (VAMC) is a state-of-the-art teaching hospital

that provides a full scope of patient care services for United States

veterans. Located on 26 acres in Decatur, the Atlanta VAMC is one of

eight medical centers in the VA Southeast Network. It operates eight

community-based outpatient clinics in the following Atlanta communities:

Blairsville, Carrollton Clinic/Community Living Center, Decatur East Point,

Lawrenceville, Newnan, NE GA/Oakwood, Austell, and Stockbridge.

Atlanta VAMC is primarily affiliated with the Emory University School of

Medicine and teamed with Morehouse School of Medicine in establishing

the East Point Clinic, which provides comprehensive primary and outpatient

mental healthcare services.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, a not-for-profit organization, is committed

to enhancing the lives of children through excellence in patient care,

research, and education. Managing more than half a million patient visits

annually at three hospitals and over 35 neighborhood locations, Children’s

is one of the largest clinical care providers for children in the country and

is the pediatric physician teaching site for both Emory University School of

Medicine and Morehouse School of Medicine. Children’s offers access to

more than 30 pediatric specialties and is ranked among the top children’s

hospitals by Parents magazine and U.S. News & World Report.

Whether treating an injured toddler in an emergency or supporting a teen

through chemotherapy treatments, Children’s offers family-centered care

while providing specialized age-appropriate medical procedures, supplies,

and support for children. With generous philanthropic and volunteer

support, Children’s has made an impact in the lives of children in Georgia,

the United States, and throughout the world.

Children’s at Egleston (404) 785-6000

Children’s at Hughes Spalding (404) 785-9500

Children’s at Scottish Rite (404) 785-5252

Dekalb Medical


(404) 501-1000

Dekalb Medical is a not-for-profit health system that consists of three

hospital campuses throughout greater Atlanta. With more than 750 doctors

skilled in 55 medical specialties, Dekalb Medical combines cutting-edge

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technology with compassion to effectively diagnose and treat its patients. A

leader in cancer, heart attack treatment, and orthopedics, Dekalb Medical

System and Dekalb Medical Physicians Group has been growing with

metropolitan Atlanta’s medical needs since 1961.

More than just a provider of hospital services, Dekalb Medical has led the

Atlanta health community in the new era of electronic medical records,

which puts information at doctors’ fingertips to help improve patient safety

and outcomes. The 627-bed system includes Dekalb Medical at North

Decatur (591 beds), Dekalb Medical Long Term Acute Care at Downtown

Decatur (40 beds), and Dekalb Medical at Hillandale (100 beds). Committed

to excelling in patient satisfaction and service, Dekalb Medical’s quality is

reflected in many clinical excellence awards throughout its system, including

being ranked in the Top 5% in the Nation for Overall Orthopedic Services by

HealthGrades® (2011).

Emory University Hospital


(404) 712-2000

Emory Healthcare has been at the forefront of medicine, putting cutting-edge

interventional research and technology into lifesaving action. As the largest,

most comprehensive healthcare system in Georgia, Emory Healthcare has

1,830 licensed patient beds, 9,000 employees, and more than 20 health

centers located throughout metro Atlanta. It is one of the nation’s leaders in

cardiology and cardiac surgery, oncology, transplantation, ophthalmology,

orthopedics, and the neurosciences. Emory University Hospital, Emory

Healthcare’s flagship facility, is staffed exclusively by physicians who are

faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine.

Emory Healthcare is the clinical arm of the Robert W. Woodruff Health

Sciences Center of Emory University, which focuses on patient care,

education of health professionals, research addressing health and illness,

and health policies for prevention and treatment of disease. The backbone

of this system is the Emory University School of Medicine, which has been

at the forefront of medical knowledge and research, pioneering many

advances and procedures that have changed medical history.

Emory Johns Creek Hospital


(678) 474-7000

Emory Johns Creek Hospital (EJCH) is located in Johns Creek, formerly

known as Duluth. Since opening in 2007, EJCH has garnered a reputation for

its state-of-the-art medical technologies in a luxurious, hotel-like setting.

Jointly owned by Emory Healthcare and HCA, EJCH is 110-bed, all private

room community hospital that participates in most insurance plans. The

hospital offers a full range of services including 24/7 emergency care, digital

imaging including a 64-slice CT, MRI, The Birth Place with a Level III Neonatal

Intensive Care Unit, 24-hour anesthesiologists, intensive care, advanced

cardiac care, vascular medicine and surgery, rehabilitation services, and

women’s services. EJCH is home to the Atlanta Bariatric Center, which is

designated as a Center of Excellence by the American Society of Metabolic

and Bariatric Surgeons.

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta (678) 843-7001


Founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1880, Saint Joseph’s facility is Atlanta’s

oldest hospital. Today, the 410-bed, acute-care facility is recognized as one

of the top specialty-referral hospitals in the Southeast.

Saint Joseph’s Hospital is a leader among Georgia healthcare providers,

respected for its expertise, innovation in healthcare delivery, and quality

of care. As a leader in cardiac, neurologic, vascular, gastrointestinal,

respiratory, orthopedic, and cancer care, among others, Saint Joseph’s

offers its patients the latest procedures and treatments by providing the

more than 750 physicians on staff with research services and the most

advanced technology available.

Grady Memorial Hospital


(404) 616-1000

Opened in 1892, Grady Health System is renowned for its trauma and

emergency services. As the premier Level I Trauma Center within 100

miles of metropolitan Atlanta, Grady is capable of handling severe medical

conditions such as asthma, severe burns, sickle cell, and stroke. In addition

to both care and intensive care units (ICU), Grady has a neonatal ICU and

houses Georgia’s Poison Center and 24-hour rape crisis and advice nurse

lines. Its Ponce de Leon Center was named one of the top three HIV/AIDS


outpatient clinics in the country.

Grady is an internationally recognized teaching hospital staffed exclusively

by doctors from the Emory University and Morehouse Schools of Medicine.

In fact, 25 percent of all doctors practicing medicine in Georgia received

some or all of their training at Grady.

Gwinnett Medical Center




(678) 312-1000 (678) 312-6800

Gwinnett Medical Center (GMC) is a not-for-profit healthcare network

with acute-care hospitals in Lawrenceville and Duluth that provide awardwinning

healthcare services. GMC’s 4,200 associates and 800 affiliated

physicians serve more than 400,000 patients annually. Gwinnett Medical

Center is a 553-bed healthcare network that services Lawrenceville, Duluth,

Johns Creek, and the Atlanta area.

Gwinnett Medical Center–Lawrenceville is recognized as a national leader in

single-incision laparoscopic surgery and home to a Level II Trauma Center,

while Gwinnett Medical Center–Duluth offers an array of specialty services,

including surgical weight management, da Vinci® robotic surgery, and

sports medicine.

Piedmont Healthcare/Piedmont Henry Hospital


(678) 604-1000

Piedmont Henry Hospital is a 215-bed not-for-profit community hospital

located in Stockbridge, just south of Atlanta. It serves Henry, Coweta,

Fayette, and Pickens counties with its Centers of Excellence in cardiovascular,

orthopedics, surgery, diagnostics, women’s health, and a radiation oncology


Piedmont Healthcare/Piedmont Newton Medical Center piedmont.org

(770) 788-9970

Newton Medical Center (NMC) provides Covington and other surrounding

areas with state-of-the-art medical facilities. NMC has been recognized by

national healthcare rating organizations as being one of the top medical

facilities in the area. The medical center offers services such as minimally

invasive surgery, wound care, rapid emergency care, and the Women’s

Diagnostic Center.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital


(770) 751-2500

WellStar North Fulton Hospital is a 202-bed acute-care hospital and is a

state-designated Level II Trauma Center. Located between Roswell and

Alpharetta in North Fulton County, it was established in 1983 and has been

meeting the medical and healthcare needs of residents of North Fulton,

Forsyth, East Cobb, East Cherokee, and West Gwinnett counties for more

than 30 years. The hospital has a medical staff of more than 400 affiliated

physicians, employs an additional 900 healthcare professionals, and has an

active volunteer staff of more than 200.

WellStar North Fulton Hospital provides a continuum of services through

its centers and programs including neurosciences, women’s health

services, orthopedics, rehabilitation, surgical services, gastroenterology,

and oncology. The hospital is fully accredited and is also recognized by

the American College of Surgeon’s Commission on Cancer as an Accredited

Cancer Program, as well as being certified as a Primary Stroke Center by

the Joint Commission on the Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, the

nation’s oldest and largest hospital accreditation agency.

Northside Hospital


Atlanta (404) 851-8000 Forsyth (770) 844-3200 Cherokee (770) 720-5100

Northside Hospital is a network of three not-for-profit, acute-care hospitals

in Atlanta, Forsyth County, and Cherokee County, with a total of 822 licensed

beds, 2,200 physicians, and 8,200 employees. Northside also operates

15 hospital-affiliated outpatient centers and medical office buildings

throughout north metropolitan Atlanta.

Voted “Atlanta’s Most Preferred Hospital for All Health Care Needs” for 15

consecutive years, Northside offers a full range of services and has become

an ambassador of women’s health issues. More babies are delivered,

more surgeries are performed, and more cases of breast and gynecological

cancer are diagnosed at Northside than at any other community hospital

in Georgia.

CommunityProfiles >> 2017




It’s not uncommon to see license tags from another state in the

parking lot or hear foreign languages or accents being spoken in

the office of Suwanee Dental Care. Build it and they will come

if the word gets out, and that’s just what Dr. Bill Williams did

as an early adopter on the web, local radio and TV. Suwanee

may have been a sleepy little town 25 miles northeast of Atlanta

back in the 90’s, but now no less than five national magazines

have named Suwanee among the best places to live, work and

play in America. Rating high in educational systems, community

parks and recreation, safety, work-force training and a multitude

of sports, cultural and medical professional accessibility gave

Suwanee and Gwinnett County its high ranking.

Building a better dental practice is a lot like building a better city.

It takes planning and foresight, training and implementation.

That’s what Dr. Williams accomplished in putting together one

of America’s finest dental teams and most advanced facilities.

Drs. Chad Schalk, Melissa Kremer, Naz Majdi and he have

a combined 52 years of experience. Dr. Kremer is fluent in

Spanish and Dr. Majdi in Farsi. Additionally, there are currently

a few team members who speak Russian and Romanian. All

of the doctors graduated from the Medical College of Georgia

School of Dentistry and both Dr. Schalk and Dr. Majdi completed

General Practice Residencies for advanced training. Dr. Williams

is a best-selling author as well as teacher in dentistry and

is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, hence the

Suwannee Dental Care slogan, “Everything Under One Roof.”

Clients come from all over to build and restore their smiles to

better strength, longevity and beauty. Oral and I.V. sedation are

important to many patients so that they can relax and sleep

through their appointments, getting all their dentistry done at

one time or in just a few visits. Expert comprehensive analysis

and remarkable results are keys to Suwanee Dental Care’s

success. Being well-versed in TMJ, neuromuscular dentistry,

orthodontics, Invisalign, implant dentistry, oral surgery, smile

design and reconstruction allows the doctors at Suwanee

Dental Care to complete complex cases that many dentists tend

to avoid.

Currently, the state-of-the-art in dentistry is restoration of

missing or weakened teeth with dental implants. Patients can

expect many years of solid chewing and beautiful smiles with

the newer fixed teeth attached to implants instead of just

removable dentures. It’s not a dream any longer. You can go to

sleep and wake up with all new teeth! Suwanee Dental Care can

provide the right services to help you achieve the smile you’ve

always dreamed of to build a better, more beautiful, you.

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Piedmont Hospital


(404) 605-5000

Piedmont Hospital has been serving the people of Atlanta for more than

100 years and offers a broad spectrum of surgical, medical, and diagnostic

services. Piedmont Hospital is a private, not-for-profit, acute-care, tertiary

facility offering most major medical, surgical, and diagnostic services. The

facility has 488 beds, all-private rooms, 4,000 employees, and a medical

staff of more than 1,000 board-certified physicians. Its main campus is

conveniently located on 26 acres in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta,

with facilities across the metro area.

Piedmont Hospital is part of Piedmont Healthcare (PHC), a not-for-profit

organization that also includes Piedmont Fayette Hospital, a 157-bed, acutecare

community hospital in Fayetteville and one of the 100 Top Hospitals® in

the nation; Piedmont Newnan Hospital, a 136-bed, acute-care community

hospital in Newnan; and Piedmont Henry Hospital, a 215-bed acute-care

community hospital in Stockbridge.

Shepherd Center


(404) 352-2020

Shepherd Center is a private, not-for-profit hospital specializing in medical

treatment, research, and rehabilitation for people with spinal cord injuries,

brain injuries, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and other neurological

conditions. Founded in 1975, Shepherd Center, which is a 152-bed

rehabilitation facility, including a 10-bed intensive care unit, is ranked by

U.S. News & World Report among the top 10 rehabilitation hospitals in the

nation. Last year, Shepherd had 965 admissions to its inpatient programs

and 571 to its day patient programs. In addition, Shepherd sees more than

6,600 people annually on an outpatient basis.

Southern Regional Medical Center


(770) 991-8000

Southern Regional Medical Center (SRMC), managed by Emory Healthcare, is a

full-service, 331-bed hospital in Riverdale. SRMC, a not-for-profit organization,

was the first to offer angioplasty and round-the-clock catheterization on the

south side of Atlanta and is recognized as an accredited Chest Pain Center.

In addition, SRMC boasts an Advanced Primary Stroke Center, the Georgia

Orthopedic Institute, minimally invasive, robotic surgeries with the da Vinci

Surgical System®, and a variety of rehabilitation services.

Southern Regional also is home to the Women’s Life Center for expectant

mothers, which claims the area’s top neonatal intensive care unit and offers

a full range of services from high-risk deliveries to routine mammograms. A

second campus at Spivey Station in Jonesboro specializes in obstetrics and

gynecology, breast care, primary care and internal medicine, oncology, and


WellStar Health System


(770) 956-STAR (7827)

Recognized as the fifth most integrated healthcare delivery system in

the country, WellStar Health System is one of the largest not-for-profit

health systems in Georgia and serves a population of nearly 1.4 million

residents in five counties. Specialists and primary care providers work in

a multidisciplinary environment with more than 12,000 diverse team

members throughout its five hospitals and seven urgent care centers.

WellStar consistently looks at total patient wellness and works to ensure

that all systems support that focus. With industry awards ranging from

Integrated Delivery Networks to Working Mother Magazine’s Best Places to

Work, WellStar strives to provide the best care possible with Atlanta’s top

medical professionals.


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Welcome to Atlanta!

On behalf of the Georgia Restaurant

Association (GRA), I would like to

welcome you to Atlanta. Whether

it is for a rehearsal dinner, a 90th

birthday celebration or a college

graduation party, restaurants

know how to set the table for any

occasion. Restaurants provide a

gathering place and create a sense

of community, while fostering

social relationships, memories and

just fulfilling the need for connection. Restaurateurs strive

to create memorable dining experiences with relentless

planning, attention to detail and commitment to service.

The restaurant industry is a very special and unique

industry. In this digital world that we are living in today,

we cannot go out to eat online. Restaurants still require

a need for face-to-face interaction, both internally as an

employer and externally as a patron.

Now more than ever, Americans are dining outside of

their homes. Restaurants constitute a particularly large

and growing share of our economy and it is important to

promote dining out locally so that our economy continues

to thrive. When supporting local businesses, there is an

opportunity to preserve local character and prosperity. It

creates a sense of community well-being. Dining locally

will keep the dollars at home and continue to support the

businesses in the area. Restaurants tend to combine our

neighbors in a web of economic and social relationships.

The GRA’s mission is to serve as the voice for Georgia’s

restaurants in advocacy, education and awareness. The

GRA is sanctioned by the National Restaurant Association

to operate Georgia’s only not-for-profit representing the

state’s foodservice industry. The GRA serves as the unified

voice for over 17,000 foodservice and drinking places in

the state of Georgia with total sales in excess of $17.1

billion which provides more than 438,900 jobs. From large

chains to state-ups, the GRA helps make Georgia a better

place for restaurants to do business and helps make

restaurants better for Georgia.

So as we work to set the table for our restaurant members,

let your local restaurants set the table. Enjoy the dining

destinations in your community and remember to dine

out and dine often.


Karen Bremer

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CommunityProfiles >> 2017 19

Senior Living

in Atlanta

By Gwyn Herbein


Relocation can happen to anyone, at any time, for any reason. Maybe

your dream job just opened up in another state, or you want to be

closer to your extended family. Whatever the reason, there are often

other considerations that have to be made beyond what neighborhood

to live in and where to send the kids to school. Members of the socalled

“sandwich generation”—which refers to those who are caring for

or supporting both their older parents and their children—are having to

strike a delicate balance. In 2013, the Pew Research Center found that

47 percent of adults in the 40s and 50s have both a parent age 65 and

older and are either raising a young family or financially supporting a

child over the age of 18.

Relocation can often mean finding a suitable place for an aging

parent to live, or planning for the “what ifs” if a person’s health or

ability to live independently changes. Companies like Arbor, Brookdale,

Peregrine, Insignia and others operate facilities and resources to help

families find the best fit for their loved ones.

Beginning the process

Today’s senior living facilities go to great lengths to understand the

needs of their residents, which goes far beyond their medical history

and current medications list. “Our [sales people are] trained in how

to discover who the person is, what is this legacy and life story of the

individual who is coming to us,” explains Shirley Paulk, R.N., senior vice

president of sales and marketing at the Arbor Company. The company

operates nine facilities in Georgia, including several in the metro Atlanta

area like Decatur, East Cobb, Alpharetta and Johns Creek.

“It’s not one size fits all; it’s a very customized approach we have

for each individual,” says Paulk. That could mean an adult child coming

with their parent, or an older couple who may be beginning to realize

they are no longer comfortable living alone in their home. After the

initial consultation, Arbor’s senior care counselors make home visits

to further understand the personal priorities of the resident and what

material items they may want to bring with them to help preserve their

memories even while they make new ones. “Our job is to help people

see it’s just a bend in the road, a new intersection, rather than the end

of the road,” says Paulk. That even includes additional counseling in the

case of complicated family dynamics.

Each family also has a different dynamic when it comes to making

decisions. Sterling Estates, which operates senior living communities in

East and West Cobb, has counselors on staff to guide seniors and their

adult children through the process. “Furthermore, our websites have

a wealth of educational information to help with the decision making

process,” says Pete Green, partner at Sterling Estates’ development

division, HCC Senior Living Group. The online information speaks to

those who know exactly what type of community they need as well as

those who are just beginning the process and may be overwhelmed by

the options.

Finding a home

One of the many decisions that must be made is what type of living is

right for the resident, even within a facility. Arbor offers independent

living, assisted living and memory care. Within the memory care

neighborhoods, there are two levels: Bridges, which Paulk describes

as being for those in the early stages of cognitive impairment. “It’s a

smaller and more intimate setting. By keeping that type of resident

together, we can get creative in how we do our programming,” she says.

Evergreen is a secured neighborhood for those with more progressive

dementia, and both neighborhoods are served by staff specially trained

for dementia care.

Senior living facilities are also prepared to take on the health

challenges that come with aging, regardless of whether they happen

slowly or quickly. Arbor facilities constantly communicate with the

family and the resident’s primary health care provider when a sudden

medical change occurs.

Sterling Estates provides a continuum of housing options so that

residents can seamlessly transition to other types of housing when

their health needs change. “Our Sterling Estates communities have

independent residences that are cottages, garden homes and/or

apartments. Additionally, our large Main Residences allows for either

independent living or assisted living,” explains Green. “Furthermore,

couples don’t need to separate when one spouse ages more rapidly.”

All Sterling residents have personal emergency transponders to notify

staff in case of an emergency, 24/7 nursing care and are near two major

hospitals in Cobb. “Third party therapy companies, other health care

professionals and doctors are available to treat residents on-site,” adds


Living the life

Once a family has made the decision to move a loved one into a senior

living facility, the focus turns to making the transition as seamless as

possible. Before moving to an Arbor facility, families are visited by an

engagement counselor who takes the time to learn whether the resident

is a person who enjoys quiet time for reading, or a social butterfly. “We

believe in deep connections, and taking what we learn about them

and connecting them to others,” says Paulk. The information gathered

by the engagement counselor helps inform everything from at which

dining table the resident will eat meals to who their neighbors will be.

Financial counselors are also available to help residents untangle the

many intricacies of life insurance, veterans’ benefits and other financial

assets that will help pay for care.

After the boxes are unpacked, residents are then encouraged to

engage in a wide range of activities offered by the facilities. “There are

so many daily opportunities to engage within and outside our immediate

neighborhoods that foster mental stimulation and enjoyment,” says

Green, all of which are part of the “Living a Sterling Life” motto. “’Living

a Sterling Life’ is all about promoting and engaging in a healthy lifestyle

through nutritious and enjoyable meal plans, exercise tailored to

individual needs and providing socialization engagement opportunities

for our residents that they otherwise don’t have by living alone,” explains

Green. “Our overriding goal is providing our residents the programs and

services necessary to remain active and as independent as possible.”

Arbor offers art and music studios, rehab and fitness facilities, as well as

a beauty salon and libraries.

No matter their current or future health needs, metro area seniors

and their families can rest assured that there is a facility that is a

good fit. From the beginning of the research process through difficult

conversations and decisions, today’s senior living facilities are there

every step of the way.

CommunityProfiles >> 2017



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CommunityProfiles >> 2017 21

New Homes

in Atlanta

Are Coming

Back Strong

By David Ellis,

Executive Vice

President, Greater

Atlanta Home Builders


The housing and new home market in the Atlanta region

continues to improve and the prospects going forward

look very good.

After the greatest housing downturn in American

history, new home construction in our region is

rebounding at a brisk pace. During the downturn, new

home construction in our area fell almost 90%. In 2016,

around 20,000 new homes were built in our community.

This year, the numbers will be even better. The Atlanta

region has regained its footing with burgeoning job

growth and economic incentives that are breathing new

life back into our local economy. Today, Atlanta has the

third highest new home permit rate in the country. As

consumer confidence continues to rise and the interest

rates stay low, the demand for new homes will continue

to increase.

As the housing recovery began, the growth was concentrated

in the northern portion of the region in Forsyth, Cobb and the

new cities of North Fulton. In the last year, other areas of

Atlanta have begun to surge. Gwinnett County returned to

being our fastest growing county. New home construction

has begun to return throughout the region. Every county in

the metro area has seen improved permits and new home

sales in the past year.

Still, housing inventory levels have been at historically low

levels for well over a year. In addition, builders have to face

headwinds in the regulatory environment, labor market

restraints and rising land costs. Even with these issues,

Atlanta’s new home market is moving forward and growing.

Smaller builders and developers are still finding it challenging

to find credit to meet the demands of the market. However,

credit is slowing becoming available through community

and state banks, as well as private investors who see the

opportunities in housing. Increasingly, builders of all sizes

are able to join in the housing recovery.

Home buyers are also finding positives in low mortgage

interest rates and more reasonable mortgage qualifying

standards. Atlanta remains as one of the most affordable

major housing markets in the country. Consistently, Atlanta

is named as one of the markets in the nation where home

buying is more affordable than renting. Also, homes today

are more energy efficient and are designed to accommodate

the technologies that home owners want to see today.

The home building market in Atlanta is gaining strength.

Low interest rates, regional job growth, growing consumer

confidence and rising home values are all very positive signs.

All the market indicators are pointing in the right direction.


CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Now for the Fun Part!

By Lisa Mowry

After months of finding your new

house, it’s time to figure out the

right decorating and remodeling

projects to make it wonderful.

Is there anything more intimidating than an empty house? The

possibilities are enormous, but nobody wants to spend money

on the wrong priorities—or last year’s trends. We’ve asked the

experts to help homebuyers get started on making their new home

everything it can be.


Dale Contant, president-elect of the National Association of the Remodeling

Industry and owner of Atlanta Design & Build (atlantadesignbuild.com), offers

his expertise:

Which areas of the house do homebuyers typically approach you to remodel

as a top priority for them?

Contant: Kitchens and master bathrooms are by far the most popular

for every size house. Baby-boomers want any older home they’ve

purchased to have fresh kitchen and bathrooms, floors and paint.

As far as other projects: basements are another key area to update, as well

as other bathrooms in the house.

Do you recommend that homeowners try to do as much as possible before

moving in?

Contant: It makes for a good transition to have the floors refinished or carpeted,

new paint, and any areas that desperately need updating to be done prior to

moving in. It’s a lot harder to do with furniture in place and living through the

mess; if you remodel before you move in, there’s less inconvenience and it can

be done faster.

What are some trends you’re seeing in kitchens and baths these days?

Kitchens: We’re seeing that homeowners are removing walls and making an

open floor plan. They seem to prefer a larger, single level island rather than the

multi-level ones from past years, with stone or quartz countertops. We also see

more upgrades in appliances than from previous years, and the popularity of

farmhouse sinks.

Master bathrooms: Bathrooms these days are featuring a much larger shower,

often with a “curbless entry,” large format tile, heated tile floors, and frameless

showers. We are also adding more freestanding soaking tubs, and linen


What about outdoor areas...do you see that as a popular area of the house

for Atlantans to remodel or upgrade?

Contant: With such a great spring, summer, fall and even winter in Atlanta, we

can use the exterior areas of our home year-round. What we’re seeing a lot of:

screen porches with fireplaces and TVs, fancy decks, hot tub areas, outdoor

kitchens, waterfalls and serene landscape features, fire pits, and exterior

fireplaces—all sorts of ways to link the outdoors and indoors.

This built-on screened porch has it all: stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling, and wiring for an outdoor

TV—plus an adjacent deck to get a little sun. Photos courtesy of Atlanta Design & Build;

photos by Brian Reeves of Perfect Day Photos.


Joann Kandrac and Kelly Kole make up Kandrac & Kole Interior Design (kandrackole.com),

voted one of Atlanta’s top interior design firms by the Atlanta

Business Chronicle. They are frequently featured in magazines such as Better

Homes & Gardens. Their thoughts on decorating with a plan:

What are some of the first steps homeowners should take to go about

decorating their new house?

Kelly Kole: Having just gone thru this process myself (after living in a house

for 18 years) I would advise homeowners to begin the process by ruthlessly

purging. Only keep the things that are of quality and that you love; sell or

donate the others. Once you are dealing with an inventory of only the items you

really love, start thinking about how they can be reused in different rooms. It’s

fun to give new life to a piece of art, a table or chair by putting it in an entirely

new space. I took photographs and measurements of my remaining inventory

and then started to assign pieces to rooms. Once I did this, I knew where I

needed to fill in pieces.

Do you have any general guidelines to help people start the process, such as

identifying favorite colors?

Joann Kandrac: I know some designers say to start with the rug, others choose

fabrics, others have a different set of factors. One of my favorite ground rules

is to select a palette based on a favorite piece of art. If you had a piece of art

in the family room in a previous house, maybe now it will work in the master

bedroom, for instance. Take the opportunity to reinvent your existing pieces in

different parts of your new home.

What do you think are some exciting trends and opportunities in these areas

of the house?


Joann: This is a place you can make a tremendous visual impact and one good

way to do that is with wallpaper. It is making a big comeback and a foyer is

a perfect place to incorporate it. Another opportunity in this area is to have

fun with the flooring. Examples might be to mix marble and wood in the same

room, or use flooring in a chevron or brick-style pattern.

Living room:

Joann: Make this room a true room to live in; gone are the days of the “too

nice to sit on” furniture and the museum-like furnishings. Make this room

comfortable and cohesive to family time, not a room that is only “for show.”

Dining room:

Kelly: Formal dining rooms are not as common as they once were. Some

homeowners are turning their dining room into a more multi-functional space

– such as also a library, music room, or craft room. For those homeowners who

still want a dining room, we are seeing a trend toward a more casual area. One

way to accomplish this is by using a mix of seating options. We are designing

these spaces with a mix of wood and upholstered chairs, benches and banquets

(like a small sofa made to cozy up to a dining table). Also, a large interesting

chandelier can transform a dining room. Most chandeliers we see in clients’

homes are too small.

Family room/TV room:

Kelly: Our clients are busy families, so the fabric choices we make are very

important. We are selecting Sunbrella and Crypton fabrics in many of our

projects. These fabrics are traditionally known for their indoor/outdoor

qualities but the patterns, colors and softness have come a long way. They are

durable and easy to clean, which appeals to everybody. We are also designing

family rooms that appeal to everybody in the family—such as a quiet reading

corner, a small desk to work at, a pub table for games, or a large, deep sofa for

curling up in front of a movie.


Joann: Incorporating bold and oversized light fixtures can update your kitchen

in a big way. Storage is another game changer for functionality in a kitchen.

In terms of cabinetry, it’s handy to incorporate trash/recycling pullouts, rollout

drawers, spice pullouts and even special storage for dog bowls/food.

Powder room:

Joann: This is the space where company can close the door and really take it all

in. Even though this is probably the smallest room in the house, it can have the

most impact. The use of a graphic wall covering or an intense paint color for

the ceiling is one clever way. Painting this room a dark color is also a great way

to add drama and it does NOT make the room look smaller.

CommunityProfiles >> 2017 23



“We were able to use about 40% of this Atlanta family’s previous things for their new house,” says

Kelly Kole. To upgrade the family room, they painted the built-ins a soothing gray, and livened up an

existing sectional with new pillows and rug in colorful hues.

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.

Master bedroom:

Kelly: Normally the last room that our clients decorate, the master bedroom

is really one of the most important spaces for homebuyers. We are enjoying

designing with “smart furniture” these days-- bedside tables that have a built

in night light under the table, hidden drawers for iphones/ipads to charge, or

headboards that have a hidden panel with an LED reading light. We are also

layering windows with custom linen panels but then using a black out cellular

shade underneath--a big hit with the teenagers!

Home office:

Kelly: With technology becoming smaller and more efficient, a home office can be

a light-filled corner of a room, a renovated closet, or a portion of a laundry room

or butlers pantry. We are also seeing trends towards wellness and ergonomics

in the office - standing desks, adjustable smart chairs (where you can adjust the

height, the lumbar and the arms) and LED lighting that is easy on the eyes.





• Voted Best Place to

Live in Georgia –

Movoto, May 2014

• Top SAT scores in Georgia

in 2012 and highest in

metro Atlanta in 2013

• Home to FactoryMation,

Piolax Corporation,

Morrison Products,

Universal Alloy, and

a growing number of


• 11,847 jobs

(and growing)

• Located 40 miles

northwest of Atlanta

• 700 acres of Opportunity

Zone, State-approved

tax credits

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in Downtown Canton

• More than 9 parks and

recreational areas

We’d love to tell you more!

Contact our Office of

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They gave the dining room a new look with slipcovered chairs and a more casual light fixture with

some size to it (the previous one was wimpy).

Photos courtesy Kandrac-Kole and photographer Emily Followill.


CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Cherokee County

cherokeega.com (678) 493-6000

County Population: 234,000

County Seat: Canton

Median Household Income: $68,723 Median Home Price: $198,000

Square Miles: 421.67 Millage Rate: 5.825

Municipalities: Ball Ground, Canton, Holly Springs, Waleska,

and Woodstock

Citygoers and nature lovers alike will enjoy living in Cherokee County.

Atlanta is only about a 30-minute drive away, and the scenic route to the

mountains in North Georgia only takes about an hour. The cities in Cherokee

County have accessible shopping, quaint coffee shops, and beautiful parks.

Some parts of Cherokee County provide the feeling of being in the country,

while other parts offer a fast-paced city life. The county had the highest SAT

scores in the state for 2012.

Cherokee County has the lowest unemployment rate in the metro area,

is among the top 5 school districts in the state, 40% of residents have

post-secondary degrees, 26% of the population are millennials and it is

projected to lead the metro area in the next 30 years in job growth.

It is home to Chattahoochee Tech, Atlanta’s largest technical college;

Lake Arrowhead, the South’s largest manmade lake; the Cherokee County

Aquatic Center, with 48,000 square feet of indoor space and 18,000 square

feet of outdoor space; and the new 370,000 square foot Outlet Shoppes in


Ball Ground • cityofballground.com (770) 735-2123 • Pop.1,500

Ball Ground is an expanding community north of Canton on I-575. The

area is a must-see for rock hounds, as it is a prime mining center for

precious and semiprecious minerals, many of which are on display in

the village’s storefronts. The amount of available jobs within the city has

been continually growing, and this is mostly due to the positive business

climate in the region. Many housing options are available to new residents,

including a variety of lot sizes. A new elementary school that can hold

1,200 students opened in 2012.

Canton • canton-georgia.com (770) 704-1520 • Pop. 23,000

Canton is the county seat of Cherokee County, and it has experienced

strong residential growth in the past few years. The Historical Downtown

of Canton has many local shops with original items. In warm weather, local

farmers bring their fresh home-grown fruits and vegetables to the square

downtown. BridgeMill is one of the most popular neighborhoods, and it

is so large that it is divided into two school districts. The neighborhood

has a two-acre pool, a world-class golf course, and over 52 acres for

family recreation. Canton is a great place to live for those who wish to be

surrounded by tall trees and winding roads, while still only a short drive

from Atlanta.

Woodstock • woodstockga.gov (770) 926-8852 • Pop. 30,000

Woodstock, in the southernmost part of Cherokee County closest to Atlanta,

has become a popular choice for urbanites seeking a change of lifestyle

pace. With most of the amenities that big-city living provides, residents of

Woodstock enjoy having access to what they need without having the traffic

and overpopulation that go along with living in a big city. The Woodstock

City Park is a beautiful and well-kept attraction for people of all ages,

and there are often concerts in the park. Downtown Woodstock, which

surrounds the City Park, has grown exponentially in recent years. With new

and stylish condominiums as well as unique shops and classy restaurants,

downtown Woodstock has become a very popular place to live and a great

attraction for Woodstock residents.


Amicalola EMC

(706) 253-5200


Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100


Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890


Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363



Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321


Gas South

(877) 472-4932


Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200


SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262


True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362



Recycling Center

(770) 517-7650


Charter Communications

(888) 438-2427



(866) 942-1341


ETC Communications

(800) 660-6826


Water and Sewer

Cherokee County Water

and Sewage Authority

(770) 479-1813




(877) 736-0890


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#1Downtown in New Jobs Created

#1Downtown in New Business

#1Downtown in Private and Public Investment

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Holly Springs • hollyspringsga.us • Pop. 9,000

The City is 6.5 square miles and offers many sites for future development.

Holly Springs was incorporated in 1906. The town was built around a train

depot which has been updated and is now the Holly Springs Community

Center. The median household income is $65,540, and the median home

value is $186,357. The largest employer is Hydro-Chem.

Waleska • cityofwaleska.com (770) 479-2912 • Pop. 644

Waleska is home to the main campus of Reinhardt University, founded

in 1883, and of Lake Arrowhead, where a popular resort community is

located. Incorporated in 1889, Waleska got its name from the daughter

of an Indian Chief in the area called Warluskee. The main industries of the

past in Waleska were lumbering, grist mills, some mineral development,

and tobacco manufacturing. Agriculture and the lumber industry still thrive

in the area. The main “industry” in the town is Reinhardt College, and

Waleska is often referred to as a university town.

For information or to experience

Downtown Woodstock for yourself,

visit: downtownwoodstock.org or

download the ʻVisit Woodstockʼ app

on the App Store or Google Play.



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CommunityProfiles >> 2017 25


Clayton County

claytoncountyga.gov (770) 477-3208

County Population: 265,888

County Seat: Jonesboro

Median Household Income: $42,936 Median Home Price: $121,300

Square Miles: 144.28 Millage Rate: 14.912

Municipalities: Forest Park, Jonesboro, Lake City, Lovejoy, Morrow, and Riverdale

Jonesboro • jonesboroga.com (770) 478-3800 • Pop. 4,580

Past and present are attractively blended in Jonesboro, with historic and

recreational sites in abundance. Just 12 miles from Atlanta and the county seat

of Clayton County, Jonesboro is an historical gem with all the amenities of a

modern city. Easy access to Interstate 75 is a perk for those wishing to commute

to Atlanta or visit the attractions of the city. Clayton County is where the famous

movie Gone with the Wind was filmed, so there are numerous attractions

for residents and visitors. Many recreational activities are in the area as well,

including golf, fishing, and visual and performance arts.

As a suburb just south of Atlanta, Clayton County provides relaxed living with

plentiful amenities very close by. The county is one of the smallest in Georgia

and one of the most densely populated. Public education, a four-year college,

healthcare, and business opportunities are all within the limits of Clayton

County. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is also in the county,

so traveling is very accessible.

Forest Park • forestparkga.org (404) 366-4720 • Pop.18,874

The more populous Forest Park thrives on the economic engine of Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport and its related businesses, as well as the

activity of the Georgia State Farmers Market. Located only nine miles away

from Atlanta, Forest Park has easy access to the city and all it has to offer. The

1,465-acre Fort Gillem Military Reservation is in Forest Park. The city is a great

center of commerce, growing rapidly since the 1950s. Forest Park is a great

place for those wishing to be close to a large airport and major interstates as

well as the city of Atlanta.


Amicalola EMC

(706) 253-5200


Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100


Georgia Power

(888) 660-5890


Sawnee EMC

(770) 887-2363



Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321


Gas South

(877) 472-4932


Morrow • cityofmorrow.com (770) 961-4002 • Pop. 6,859

Morrow is home to Spivey Hall, Clayton State University’s acclaimed performing

arts center, and the Southlake Mall shopping complex. The city started as an acre

of land in 1870, and that acre is still the center of the town. Morrow has grown

from a trading stop to a thriving commercial town with appealing shopping

venues, fine dining, and great entertainment centers. Many historical attractions

are in Morrow, and the city has multiple annual events. The amenities of Atlanta

are close by, as well as Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Riverdale • riverdalega.gov (770) 909-5300 • Pop. 15,500

The Clayton County Public School system serves the students of Riverdale.

Located only 10 miles from Atlanta, Riverdale provides nice residential living

close to the amenities of the large city. Only five miles from Hartsfield-Jackson

Atlanta International Airport, residents of Riverdale have easy access to travel.

Median household income in Riverdale is $37,100. The City of Riverdale’s South

City Concert Series takes place at The Amphitheater at the Riverdale Town

Center during the summer.

True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362


Water and Sewer

Cherokee Co. Water &

Sewage Authority

(770) 479-1813




(877) 736-0890




(888) 438-2427




(877) 736-0890



Recycling Center

(770) 517-7650

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CommunityProfiles >> 2017

Cobb County

cobbcounty.org 770) 528-1000

Conveniently located about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Cobb County

is a constantly growing suburb with much to offer. For families there are

multiple parks and attractions, as well as Kennesaw Mountain. For students

there are numerous public schools in the county school system, two state

universities, and one technical college. The historical Marietta Square

attracts history buffs and antique shoppers, in addition to people looking

for an enjoyable afternoon of strolling around the square. Cobb County was

one of the 24 counties created in 1832 from Cherokee Indian territory.

It is named for Judge Thomas W. Cobb, a former U.S. Senator. Marietta,

the county seat, is said to be named for his wife. In frontier days, the

Chattahoochee River, which forms Cobb’s southeast boundary, served as a

dividing line between Creek and Cherokee Indian territories.

Acworth • acworth.org 770.974.7626 • Pop. 21,000

Acworth, located about 35 miles northwest of Atlanta, is 132 square miles.

While it is close enough to Atlanta to experience professional sports and

cultural events like a larger city, the small-town atmosphere of Acworth

provides opportunities for families that offer fun and tranquility. Convenient

to both Interstate 75 and Highway 41, area hotels are comfortable and are

run by community members. Visitors, whether in the mood for down-home

southern cooking, a quick sandwich, spicy Cajun cuisine, or parlor style ice

cream, will find a wide range of choices. Acworth is surrounded by two

beautiful lakes, Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona, and 12 parks surround

Acworth that are perfect for picnicking. Nestled along the banks of Lake

Acworth is Cobblestone Golf Course, which was recently rated the #1

public course in Georgia by Golf Digest. Shoppers will revel in the eclectic

nature and friendly, welcoming staff of the shops in Acworth’s historical

downtown district. If you are a history buff, you will certainly want to visit

the many homes on the historical tour. The Dixie Highway, “the granddaddy

of Interstate 75,” was the first interstate to reach into the South and is

Acworth’s Main Street. By the time of its incorporation in 1840, Acworth

prospered as a typical railroad town. Today, Acworth is designated as

a Georgia Main Street City and is committed to preserving the historical

significance of its downtown district buildings.

Austell • austellga.gov (770) 944-4300 • Pop. 6,700

Austell is experiencing rapid residential growth as newcomers discover its

wealth of natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and a stable economic

base. Austell covers 5.7 square miles. This welcoming small town provides a

friendly atmosphere with commercial, industrial, and residential growth. The

area has a great school system, unique shopping, easily accessible medical

care, and convenient travel opportunities. The city of Austell has many

family activities such as an annual Easter egg hunt, Halloween celebrations,

and the festive lighting of the town Christmas tree. Strategically located

in southwest Cobb County, Austell is 18 miles away from Atlanta, 10 miles

from Marietta, and only minutes away from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

International Airport, making travel very convenient. Regional commercial

and industrial complexes as well as cultural, recreational, and leisure

activities are within easy driving distance for Austell residents. Vacations

in North Georgia’s mountains or along Georgia’s coast and the Golden Isles

are only a few hours away.

Kennesaw • kennesaw-ga.gov (770) 424-8274 • Pop. 31,000

In the 1830s, the railroad building craze hit Cobb County, and as more and

more rail workers came to the county, Kennesaw grew up around that

industry. Residents later founded the city in 1887. During the Civil War,

Kennesaw served as the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase, an

event now recounted at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive


A city rich in history, Kennesaw has become a destination for businesses

and families looking to relocate in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

Extensive preserved Civil War battle sites allow one to step back in time

to the turbulent days of battle juxtaposed to the vibrant, stable economy

Courtesy of the Marietta Visitors Bureau

County Population: 707,401

County Seat: Marietta

Median Household Income: $65,423 Median Home Price: $210,100

Square Miles: 340 Millage Rate: 7.72

Municipalities: Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs,

and Smyrna

that is Kennesaw today. Many attractions, shops, restaurants, parks, and

businesses contribute to the vitality of the city. Kennesaw State University

has become one of the premier public universities in Georgia and is now

the state’s third largest university. The main strip in Kennesaw is Barrett

Parkway, which offers Town Center Mall, a variety of restaurants, as well as

multiple shopping centers and movie theaters.

Marietta • mariettaga.gov (770) 794-5530 • Pop. 58,358

Marietta, the county seat, is known for its historic districts and its famous

town square complete with gazebo and fountain. Offering the charm of a

small town with the amenities of big-city living keeps Marietta at the top

of the list for sought out areas. The downtown square bustles throughout

the day as visitors and residents take advantage of the many charming

shops and restaurants. The adjacent Cobb government buildings ensure

an ongoing steady stream of people in and out of the area on a daily

basis. U.S. 41 is one of the main roads that run through Marietta. “The

Big Chicken,” as residents refer to it, has become a landmark that is used

to provide directions in the area. Incorporated on December 19, 1834,

Marietta is the Cobb County seat of government. While the origin of the

city’s name is somewhat a mystery, prevailing wisdom has it that the name

remembers Mary Moore, the wife of U.S. Senator and Supreme Court Judge

Thomas Willis Cobb. If this origin is correct, it seems apt, as Judge Cobb is

the namesake of the county itself. When, in 1864, Union General William

Tecumseh Sherman marched through Marietta, he spared the city before

going to burn Atlanta.

Powder Springs • cityofpowdersprings.org (770) 943-1666 •

Pop. 14,000

Powder Springs incorporated as Springville in 1838 on the lands of two

Cherokee Indian chiefs, Chief Nose and Chief Ana Kanasta (Sweetwater).

Prospectors had found gold in the state 10 years earlier, and so get-richquick

hopefuls flocked to Springville to mine and pan more. Despite their

efforts, the prospectors found little in the mines at Lost Mountain and off

Brownsville Road. Sadly - and ironically - at about this same time, the U.S.

government forced Cherokee Indians off their lands and marched them to

Oklahoma on the “Trail of Tears.”

In 1859, the city name changed to Powder Springs, a name derived from the

seven springs in the city limits. The water in these springs contains some 26

minerals that turn the surrounding sand black, like gunpowder – hence the

name Gunpowder Springs.

The city of Powder Springs boasts the ability to preserve the heritage of

the past and provide a community where citizens actively participate in the

decision making process. The development of an extensive citywide trail

system called the Silver Comet Trail connects neighborhoods, parks, and

public facilities and has made the community very desirable for active and

CommunityProfiles >> 2017 27

environmentally conscious residents. Powder Springs has many parks and

recreational areas for those who enjoy fun outdoor activities. Tramore

Park offers four soccer fields and multiple smaller fields for children. Wild

Horse Creek Park consists of 53 acres that can be used for tennis, softball

and baseball, football, and soccer, as well as BMX biking. Close to Powder

Springs is Sweetwater Creek Park, which provides picnicking, canoeing,

hiking, and fishing. Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is in the

area, and the park has many historical treasures from the Civil War.

Smyrna • smyrnacity.com (770) 434-6600 • Pop. 52,350

Smyrna is known as the Jonquil City for the many blooms seen each spring.

Once considered a sleepy bedroom suburb of Atlanta, Smyrna has fully

come into its own with recognition for a successful rejuvenated downtown

area. The Village Green provides a community atmosphere within close

proximity to Atlanta featuring shopping, dining, a community center, and

city hall all intertwined with residential spaces. This area is structured in

a Williamsburg style, with a central fountain surrounded by a long brick

road. The Smyrna Community Center offers residents multiple spaces for

meetings, activities, and athletics.

Vinings • viningsga.org • Pop. 10,000

Just over the Chattahoochee River from the city of Atlanta, the small

historic community of Vinings continues to attract those searching for

unique shopping and dining experiences. With the affluent West Paces

Ferry portion of Buckhead and the suburban community of Smyrna close

by, the Vinings area offers a wide variety of residential opportunities and

recreational activities. Vinings Jubilee is considered by residents to be the

town center, maintaining an historic look and feel. The business climate

is thriving, led by the headquarters of Home Depot that is located just

outside of Vinings. The main east/west road that goes through the town is

Paces Ferry Road. The area has always been and still is a very desirable area

for Cobb County residents.


Acworth Power

(770) 917-8903


Cobb EMC

(770) 429-2100


Greystone Power Corp

(770) 942-6576


Marietta Power

(770) 794-5100



Atlanta Gas Light

(877) 427-4321


Gas South

(877) 472-4932


Georgia Natural Gas

(877) 850-6200


Infinite Energy Company

(877) 342-5434


SCANA Energy

Natural Gas

(877) 467-2262


True Natural Gas

(877) 746-4362


Walton EMC Natural Gas

(770) 267-2505


Water and Sewer

Cobb County

Water System

(770) 423-1000




(877) 736-0890


Courtesy of Marietta Welcome Center



(888) 438-2427



(866) 942-1341




(877) 736-0890



(678) 581-5488



CommunityProfiles >> 2017

DeKalb County

co.dekalb.ga.us (404) 371-2000

County Population: 707,089

County Seat: Decatur

Median Household Income: $51,712 Median Home Price: $185,100

Square Miles: 267.58 Millage Rate: 18.79

Municipalities: Avondale Estates, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville,

Lithonia, Pine Lake, and Stone Mountain

Located right on the edge of Atlanta, Dekalb County is a prime location

for those wishing to live the city life without actually living downtown. A

couple of renowned colleges are located in the county: Emory University

and Agnes Scott College. Dekalb County is home to very prominent

organizations and businesses, including the Centers for Disease Control

and the American Cancer Society. Stone Mountain is located in the county,

and it has the world’s largest piece of free-standing exposed granite as well

as the world’s biggest relief sculpture. This county has many qualities that

make it a unique and exciting place to live.

Avondale Estates • avondaleestates.org (404) 294-5400 • Pop. 2,771

The neighborhood of Avondale Estates was established in 1924 and is 1.2

square miles. Named after England’s Stratford-upon-Avon, Shakespeare’s

birthplace, Avondale Estates has an old British atmosphere. The downtown

area also offers dining opportunities including pizzerias and Mexican

cuisine. The Rail Arts area of Avondale Estates contains art galleries and

studios and hosts an arts and music festival each autumn. A beautiful

natural attraction is Lake Avondale, where residents and visitors can enjoy

outdoor recreational activities.

Brookhaven • Brookhavenga.gov (404)637-0500 • Pop. 49,000

Georgia’s newest city was incorporated December 17th, 2012, and it became

a city entirely inside the perimeter and the largest city in Dekalb County. It

is 2.12 square miles, with 271 acres of parks. The median household income

is $56,231. Brookhaven’s borders are Sandy Springs to the west, Chamblee

to the east; Dunwoody to the north; and Interstate 85 to the south. The

city has its own police, zoning, and maintenance separate from the county.

Points of interest include Capital City Country Club, Brookhaven MARTA

Station, Oglethorpe University, Georgia State University’s Brookhaven

satellite campus for the Robinson College of Business MBA program, and

Murphey Candler Park. The Dekalb County School System operates the

public schools serving Brookhaven. Neighborhoods and districts include

Town Brookhaven, Brookhaven Village, Lynwood Park, Peachtree Road,

North Brookhaven, Buford Highway, and Lenox Park. The large retail centers

in Brookhaven include the Town Brookhaven, Northeast Plaza, and a stripmall

style shopping center on Buford Highway focused on discount and

Hispanic-oriented stores.

Candler-McAfee • Pop. 23,000

Candler-McAfee, covering seven square miles, is beautiful area inhabited

with multiple parks. The parks in the region include Misty Waters Park,

Alexander Park, Glendale Park, Mark Trail Park, Glenwood Hills Park, and

Starmount-McAfee Park. Shopping is plentiful in Candler-McAfee, and the

two major shopping centers are the Candler Plaza Shopping Center and the

Eastgate Shopping Center. Candler-McAfee is convenient to Atlanta and

offers many recreational activities and shopping opportunities.

Chamblee • chambleega.com (770) 986-5010 • Pop. 23,000

The City of Chamblee is 2,009 acres, or 3.18 square miles. For 2007 to

2011, the median household income was $54,819. Of people over the age

of 25, 72.8% have a high school degree or higher, and 40.6% of the same

age bracket have a bachelor’s degree or higher. The city of Chamblee is

home to six parks. The Chamblee MARTA station provides a direct route

to downtown Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Busy Dekalb Peachtree Airport is classified as a “general aviation reliever

airport” for the Atlanta metropolitan area. It encompasses approximately

700 acres of land in the northern part of Dekalb County, the majority of

which is within the Chamblee city limits. The Chamblee area has grown

and is one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the Southeast. Chamblee

Photo Courtesy of Georgia Department of Economic Development

is rich in culture and has an international atmosphere. The International

Village is considered one of the most diverse areas in the country, with

residents of over 30 nationalities and businesses that introduce visitors

to different cultures. The central business district in Chamblee hosts the

nationally known Antique Row, and this section of town strives to retain the

history of the city while incorporating modern developments.

Clarkston • cityofclarkston.com (404) 296-6489 • Pop. 7,733

Clarkston is a small town that retains its southern appeal while having the

amenities of Atlanta close by. Milam Park is a beautiful 7.6-acre park in the

area that has a modern playground, tennis courts, pavilions for picnics, a

softball field, and a multiuse field. Clarkston Dog Park provides a great place

for pet owners to let their dogs play. Friendship Forest has approximately 16

acres of streams, trees, fields, and stands. Many wildlife attractions are in

the area, such as butterflies, birds, vegetation, and small mammals.

Decatur • decaturga.com (404) 370-4100 • Pop. 20,000

The city of Decatur is the heart of the county and has the warmth, charm

and accessibility of the best small towns. With exceptional services and

amenities and its close proximity to Emory University and the Centers

for Disease Control, Decatur is one of the most desirable places to live in

Dekalb County and the metro Atlanta area. Decatur’s historic town square,

anchored by the old courthouse that is now home to the county’s historical

society and arts council, is ringed with galleries, cafes, and boutiques. With

its own MARTA station in the middle of the square complex, Decatur is easily

accessible and pedestrian friendly.

Doraville • doravillega.us (770) 451-8745 • Pop. 8,500

Doraville has been growing since 1871, and the city is now very industrially

advanced. Located about 10 miles from Atlanta, Doraville links the city of

Atlanta to the surrounding suburbs. Transportation by four major interstates

that go through the city is easily accessible, and the business climate

is thriving. Two airports, the Dekalb Peachtree Airport and Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport, are within 30 minutes of Doraville.

The Doraville MARTA station provides convenient public transportation.

The people of the community are very culturally diverse and economically


Druid Hills • druidhills.org • Pop. 15,000

Historic mansions that date back to the 19th century reside in the beautiful

planned community of Druid Hills. Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola,

helped to develop the community that was originally formed by Joel Hurt.

The main campus of Emory University, one of the world’s top research

institutions, is in Druid Hills. In 1975 the parks along Ponce de Leon Avenue

were listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and those parks

along with the rest of the development are now known as the Druid Hills

Historic District. Four National Register Districts are located in the Druid Hills

community: Druid Hills, Emory Grove, Cameron Court, and University Park-

Emory Highlands-Emory Estates.

Dunwoody • dunwoodyga.gov • Pop. 48,000

Officially incorporated in 2008, Dunwoody is the 17th largest city in Georgia.

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Dunwoody has a total area of 13.7 square miles, 80 percent of which is

residential homes, and 100,000 people commute daily to Dunwoody to

work in Perimeter Center. Dunwoody Village is the historic heart of the

community. As late as the 1970s, Dunwoody was mostly farm land. The

area where Perimeter Mall is today was a pasture filled with farm animals.

Perimeter Mall is Georgia’s second largest shopping mall with 18 million

visitors per year. Dunwoody schools are among the best in the state.

Median income for a family is $106,777.

Panthersville • Pop. 9,800

Panthersville is a shopping mecca that offers many opportunities for

residents and visitors. The Gallery at South Dekalb is a regional shopping

center that offers department stores such as Macy’s. Rainbow Village

Shopping Center and Sunshine Shopping Center are two other shopping

centers in the area that provide unique and convenient shopping. A nice

natural attraction in the area is Exchange Park, where people can participate

in recreational activities and enjoy the scenery.

Stone Mountain • stonemountaincity.gov (770) 498-8984 •

Pop. 5,802

The town is named for Stone Mountain, the largest exposed granite dome

in North America. Stone Mountain harbors plant and animal life found

no other place in the world. It is also the site of a famous giant carving

commemorating the military leaders of the Confederacy, as well as a state

park and museum, including a steam railroad. The city of Stone Mountain

is also home to the ART Station Contemporary Arts Center and Theatre

Company as well as the Stone Mountain Arts Incubator Program. Median

household income is $50,100. The city has a total area of 1.6 square miles.

Tucker • tuckerga.com (770) 938-1356 • Pop. 28,000

Only 14 miles from Atlanta, Tucker offers family-friendly living with the

amenities of a major city close by. At the center of the community is Main

Street, where local restaurants and shops provide entertainment original

to the area. Tucker Day Festival takes place on Main Street every year, and

people from all over enjoy live music, arts, crafts, food, and a lively parade.

Many beautiful parks decorate the area and allow for recreational activities

that the whole family can enjoy. Transportation to and from Atlanta is easy

via MARTA and major interstates. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport and Dekalb Peachtree Airport are both within a very short distance

of Tucker, making travel very accessible.


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Douglas County

co.douglas.ga.us (770) 535-8288

County Population: 134,000

County Seat: Douglasville

Median Household Income: $54,763 Median Home Price: $153,900

Square Miles: 200.37 Millage Rate: 9.9

Municipalities: Douglasville, Lithia Springs and Villa Rica

Nicely situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Piedmont and bordered

by the Chattahoochee River, Douglas County is a very enjoyable and scenic

place to live. The county is about 20 miles outside of Atlanta, so all of the

amenities in the city are easily accessible. Some of the nature attractions

in the county include Sweetwater Creek State Conservation Park, Dog

River Reservoir, and Clinton Nature Preserve. Douglas County is a very

attractive place to live for those who love being in nature while still close to a

large city.

Douglasville • douglasville.com • Pop. 31,269

Douglasville is a unique blend of small-town charm coupled with metropolitan

amenities. The central business district is listed on the National Register of

Historic Places as an historic district. The town of Douglasville was established by

the Georgia General Assembly on February 25, 1875. The city of Douglasville is 20

miles from downtown Atlanta and just 10 minutes west of Six Flags Over Georgia.

The Douglas County Cultural Arts Center holds art shows as well as special events

throughout the year and hosts events for schools across the county. Median

household income is $48,000. The city is 21.5 square miles.

Fayette County

fayettecountyga.gov (770) 460-5730

County Population: 107524

County Seat: Fayetteville

Median Household Income: $81,498 Median Home Price: $247,500

Square Miles: 194.34 Millage Rate: 6.45

Municipalities: Brooks, Fayetteville, Peachtree City, Tyrone, and Woolsey

Once named one of the best places to live in the U.S., Fayette County prides

itself in its unique communities and historic landmarks. Peachtree City is an

intricately planned municipality in the county with over 90 miles of pathways

for pedestrians and golf carts that connect every part of the city. The Fayette

County Historical Society displays historical collections pertaining to the Civil

War as well as local genealogical records. Many major highways run through

the county that provide easily accessible commuter routes. Fayette County has

individual character that makes it a noteworthy place to live.

Brooks • brooksga.com (770) 460-5730 • Pop. 528

The southernmost community in Fayette County, Brooks is located near a former

Creek Nation village and trading post. The median income for a household in the

town is $65,000, and the median income for a family is $70,625. Brooks’ education

falls under the Fayette County Board of Education. The only public school in Brooks

is Brooks Elementary. Middle school students attend Whitewater Middle, and high

school students attend Whitewater High in Fayetteville, both of which are of recent



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Atlanta Gas Light

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Natural Gas

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Water and Sewer

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(770) 949-7617




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Villa Rica • villarica.org (770) 459-7000 • Pop. 16,000

Villa Rica is located only 35 miles from the city of Atlanta. The city has a

total area of 12.7 square miles. Two famous people call Villa Rica home: Asa

Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola, and Thomas A. Dorsey, the gospel music

founder. The first gold strike in Georgia took place in Villa Rica, and the Pine

Mountain Gold Museum allows visitors to walk along the same trails where

the miners walked, pan for gold, and see the museum. Historic Downtown

Villa Rica is filled with authentic architecture as well as unique shops and

restaurants. Median household income is $47,400. The population was

4,134 at the 2000 census. By the 2010 census, the population had jumped

to 13,956.


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Georgia Power

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Atlanta Gas Light

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Gas South

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SCANA Energy

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Water and Sewer

Fayette Co. Water System

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Peachtree City • ptcgovernment.org (770) 487-7657 • Pop. 35,000

In 1959 Peachtree City was chartered, and the ideas of some real estate developers to

make a planned community started to become a reality. The developers envisioned

villages in Peachtree City that would each have its own schools, parks, shopping centers,

and more. The current villages in Peachtree City are Aberdeen, Braelinn, Glenloch,

Kedron, and Wilksmoor. The city is best known for its 90 miles of multiuse paths for

golf carts, cyclists, and pedestrians. The residents of Peachtree City can easily access the

amenities of their village, and people driving by will almost always see golf carts traveling

alongside the roads. Peachtree City has been referred to as one of the best places to live

in the nation, and the master planned community has won awards for its unique design.

Tyrone • tyrone.org

(770) 487-4038 • Pop. 7000

Fayetteville • fayetteville-ga.gov (770) 461-6029 • Pop. 16,200

The town of Tyrone originally belonged

Fayetteville is proud of its picture-book courthouse, built in 1825 and the oldest in

to the Creek Indians before being settled

the state. The courthouse boasts what is said to be the “world’s largest courthouse

by Irish farmers in the late 1800s. Some

homes built by those first Irish settlers

bench,” located alongside the walkway to the building. Fayetteville is the county

seat of Fayette County and strives to provide a quality atmosphere for its residents.

are still occupied by their descendants.

Located close to Atlanta and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport,

The name comes from County Tyrone

Fayetteville is ideal for home buyers seeking to live in a residential community that

in Ireland. The town has a total area of

allows easy access to a major city and excellent transportation. The area provides an

12.8 square miles. Tyrone is located only

historic atmosphere, along with many community events, excellent neighborhoods,

25 miles from Atlanta. The proximity to

and high-quality schools. Fayetteville has been referred to as one of the top 10

Atlanta makes it convenient for residents

suburbs to retire and one of the top 20 places for a “budding technology economy.”

to access the many amenities that the

Fayetteville is also home to Pinewood Atlanta Studios, one of the top 5 production

large city has to offer. Estimated median

studios consisting of 11 movie soundstages on 700 acres.

household income is $76,000.

Courtesy of Visit Peachtree City

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Forsyth County

forsythco.com (770) 781-2101

County Population:187,928

County Seat: Cumming

Median Household Income: $88,262 Median Home Price: $274,200

Square Miles: 224.12 Millage Rate: 4.812

Municipalities: Cumming

Located in a prime area in metro Atlanta, Forsyth County is a very fast growing

region that mainly appeals to people who commute to Atlanta. Forsyth County

is considered a very wealthy county with a high average household income.

For leisure, the county offers Lake Lanier and multiple parks. Many schools and

recreational activities make the county a nice place to raise a family.

Cumming • cityofcumming.net (770) 781-2010 • Pop. 5,532

Cumming is rich in Native American lore, and most of its eastern border lies on the

shores of Lake Lanier, which offers a habitat to the endangered Southern bald eagle

and peregrine falcon. Estimated median household income in 2011 was $34,572.

Cumming encompasses 5.89 square miles. Booming residential development has

been accommodated without harming its many natural resources and attractions.

The Cumming Fairgrounds provide many events for Cumming’s residents, including

the annual county fair, the IPRA World Championship Rodeo, a weekly farmer’s

market, an Indian festival, an annual steam and gas engine expo, yard sales, and a

July 4th celebration. The Cumming Fairgrounds also host events such as Relay for

Life, Christmas in Cumming Arts & Crafts Show, business picnics, Laps for Life, and

the Taste of Forsyth.


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Fulton County

fultoncountyga.gov (404) 730-4000

Strategically located at the heart of metro Atlanta, Fulton County is the

state’s largest county and its most popular and populous. The city of

Atlanta, the county seat and state capital, has undergone unprecedented

growth for the last quarter century, contributing to its rise as the economic,

legal, and communications center of Georgia and the Southeast. Living in

Fulton County offers the best of arts and culture, sports and entertainment,

shopping and dining.

Fulton County, created from Dekalb County in 1853, spread out in its

strange, elongated shape by absorbing the cities of Milton (to the north)

and Campbell (to the south) during the Great Depression. It is named for

Robert Fulton, inventor of the steam-driven boat. Atlanta had flourished as

the terminal point on an early railroad; fittingly, residents initially called the

city Terminus. Later, residents changed the city’s name to Marthasville as a

compliment to Governor Wilson Lumpkin’s daughter.

North Fulton County provides high-quality living experiences with a more

suburban feel, with a wide range of single and multifamily residence

options. Recreation choices are abundant, with hundreds of acres of parks

and green space. The area maintains world-class golf courses and tennis


Alpharetta • alpharetta.ga.us (678) 297-6000 • Pop. 62,000

Alpharetta is a city in north Fulton County and is considered one of the more

affluent communities in the Atlanta area. According to the 2012 census,

Alpharetta covers an area of 23 square miles. The city was recognized by

Forbes Magazine as the 2009 best city to relocate to and one of the 2013

top 10 friendliest towns. Its historic town square features antique, gift, and

flower shops as well as numerous restaurants. Alpharetta’s North Point

Mall has over 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining, and entertainment

experiences. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre offers residents of

Alpharetta and its surrounding communities entertainment of all sorts. The

amphitheatre has been awarded best new major concert venue and the

best major outdoor concert venue. The new Avalon development is an 86-

acre development with more than 500,000 square feet of retail, a 12-screen

all premium theater, a full-service hotel coming Class A office, single-family

residences and luxury rental homes.

College Park • collegeparkga.com (404) 767-1537 • Pop.20,000

College Park is known as one of the “sister suburbs” along with East Point

and is approximately 9 square miles. The area has been referred to as “one

of the best places to call home” and has one of the largest urban historic

districts in Georgia. Many colleges and universities are in the area, as well

as the largest independent school in the nation: Woodward Academy. The

city’s proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes it

popular with those connected to the expanding aviation complex, as well as

with Atlanta commuters who prefer a small hometown feel with easy access

to big-city amenities. Originally known as Manchester and incorporated in

1895, College Park is also home to Cox College and more than 850 properties

listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town’s avenues and

streets take their names from Ivy League colleges and influential College

Park residents. Notable onetime College Park residents include rapper

Ludacris, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, and Atlanta

Hawks’ ballplayer Josh Smith.

County Population: 977,773

County Seat: Atlanta

Median Household Income: $57,582 Median Home Price: $250,300

Square Miles: 526.64 Millage Rate: 10.281

Municipalities: Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville

Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs

and Union City

Office headquarters is in East Point. East Point has the only velodrome in

the world that has a green space and a creek running through the infield.

Football players Reggie Rutland and Jonas Jennings have also called East

Point home.

Fairburn • fairburn.com (770) 964-2244 • Pop. 14,000

Fairburn’s slogan, “History Lives Here,” is evident in the historic downtown

area. With many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places,

Fairburn has a rich culture enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

Fairburn covers 7.3 square miles. The downtown Commercial District,

which has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, offers

various commercial buildings and two historic train depots. The center

of the community provides original shopping, entertainment, and dining

surrounded by housing and business opportunities. Fairburn continues to

grow exponentially while retaining its small-town atmosphere. The annual

Fairburn Festival, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, and the Southside

Theatre attract many residents and visitors to Fairburn. This county offers

both the benefits of being in the country and a fast-paced city life.

Hapeville • hapeville.org 404-669-2120 • Pop. 6,500

Hapeville is located six miles south of Atlanta and is adjacent to Hartsfield-

Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is headquarters for Delta Airlines

and Korean Air Cargo, and Porsche will locate its $100-million U.S.

headquarters there in 2014. The city is also home to the original Chickfil-A

Dwarf House and many hotels serving business travelers. Hapeville

offers many attractions, including the new Academy Theatre. Residential

neighborhoods feature a wide variety of homes, from bungalows to Chicagostyle

townhouses to lofts and condominiums. Business will benefit from

their commercial Opportunity Zone offering the maximum tax advantages

allowable by the state. The city government is focused on planning and has

experienced significant revitalization.

Hapeville is a designated Main Street City and has an historic downtown

including a Historical Society Depot Museum, the Historic Christ Church and

Carriage House, the Hoyt Smith Conference Center, and many downtown

storefronts. The city features a downtown park and a unique public arts

program, including murals and a flurry of painted butterflies. Hapeville’s

Development Authority develops and promotes trade, commerce, industry,

and employment opportunities.

Johns Creek • johnscreekga.gov (678) 512-3200 • Pop. 82,000

Johns Creek occupies 32.5 square miles and employs 200 people. Sixtyfour

percent of the adults have a college degree or better, and the median

household income in Johns Creek exceeds $150,000. It is the tenth largest

city in Georgia. The city was originally a “sacred place” for tribal meetings

between the rival Cherokee and Creek tribes. State-of-the-art public

schools are located in Johns Creek, and some of them have won awards

such as the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence that was awarded

to Chattahoochee High School. The Ciba Vision world headquarters, State

Farm Insurance regional headquarters, and Macy’s Technology Systems

and Saia, Inc. national headquarters are all located in Johns Creek. The

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center offers 46 acres of Georgia

woodlands in addition to the beautiful three city parks in the area. Johns

Creek is bordered by the Chattahoochee River, which provides recreational

opportunities such as canoeing, kayaking, and trout fishing. The Johns Creek

Symphony Orchestra is a major cultural attraction, as well as the Johns

Creek Arts Center.

East Point • eastpointcity.org (404) 765-1014 • Pop. 35,000

East Point is known as one of the “sister suburbs” along with College Park.

East Point is approximately 13.8 square miles. The city has experienced a

great revival in the past few years and is now populated with new residences

and businesses. Many homes from World War II have been refurbished, and

they provide an historic atmosphere for the area. Camp Creek Marketplace

Milton • cityofmiltonga.us (678) 242-2500 • Pop. 35,000

was recently built on the western side of the city, and it offers great shopping

The city of Milton became incorporated in 2006 and adopted Fulton County

opportunities. The Fulton County School System has its headquarters

ordinances. The city covers over 23,000 acres. The city’s vision statement is

in East Point, and the school system operates all of the public schools in

to maintain a distinctive community embracing small-town life and heritage

the area. Chartered in 1890, East Point grew rapidly in its early years, its

while preserving and enhancing a rural character. The average household

proximity to the railroad and industry buoying its development. Today, the

area continues to grow. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Southeast Region

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income is $99,412. Milton’s residents are served by the Fulton County

School System. Milton was recently recognized as having the highest quality

of life in the state of Georgia and ninth-highest quality of life in the southern

United States by the Atlanta Business Journal. The city was named after

Revolutionary War hero John Milton.

Mountain Park • mountainpark-ga.gov (770) 993-4231 • Pop. 576

Mountain Park is an official wildlife refuge, which means that all wildlife,

including birds, reptiles, and animals, in the area are protected. Mountain

Park is less than one mile in total square footage. Despite its small footprint,

it has a wealth of history and is home to Indian Spring, a spring Cherokee

Indians believed had medicinal, life-sustaining value. Braves would leave

their homes in the hills and travel miles to retrieve Indian Spring water for

an ailing Cherokee chieftain. Local lore holds that those who find their way

into Mountain Park and the area of Indian Spring are drawn by the powers

of the healing waters. Interestingly as well, until the 1960s, Indian Spring was

the only source of water for many residents. For more than 25 years before

incorporation in July 1927, Mountain Park largely revolved around life in the

summer cottages of Atlanta’s elite.

Palmetto • citypalmetto.com (770) 463-3377 • Pop. 4,400

Palmetto was established in 1833 as Johnson’s Store and has an area of 5.3

square miles. Palmetto got its current name from a company of soldiers from

South Carolina that were passing through on their way to the Mexican War.

These soldiers were reminded of their state, known as the “Palmetto State.”

Located only 25 miles from Atlanta, Palmetto is a very appealing place for

residents who want to enjoy suburban living while having easy access to a large

city. With an elevation of 1050 feet, Palmetto was actually built on the highest

point above sea level from Atlanta to New Orleans. The area is booming with

business opportunities, especially for entrepreneurs. Two of the parks in the

area are Wayside Park, located on Main Street, and Veterans Park, located on

Park Street. These parks provide relaxing areas for recreation or leisure.

Roswell • roswellgov.com (770) 641-3727 • Pop. 94,000

Incorporated on February 16, 1854, Roswell is 39 square miles. One of the

original settlers of the area, Roswell King, traveled from the Georgia coast

with the hopes of investing in mining. After discovering that this area lay near

the Chattahoochee River, King decided instead to build a major textile mill

powered by the water. The Roswell Manufacturing Co. and the Roswell Mill

played key roles in the development of the town during its earlier history.

Roswell maintains a number of historic homes, notably Bulloch Hall, the

childhood home of President Theodore Roosevelt’s mother, Martha “Mittie”

Bulloch. Also of interest are the Archibald Smith Plantation, the preserved

home of one of Roswell’s founding families, and Barrington Hall, the home

of Barrington King, Roswell King’s son. For visitors who’d rather spend time

outdoors, the Chattahoochee Nature Center encompasses 127 acres and

offers four nature trails that wind through wetlands and woodlands. The

city has received many accolades such as sixth best place to retire, 18th

safest place in the nation, safest city in Georgia, top 20 cities in the U.S.

with a population under 100,000, and the best place to live in Atlanta.

Sixty percent of adults have a college degree or professional degree. The

city has a AAA bond rating. Average household income is approximately

$125,000. Historic Roswell, founded in 1839, embodies the grace and spirit

of the quintessential southern town. Roswell features a downtown district

of restored landmark buildings that house antique and gift shops, an awardwinning

parks system, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area,

and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which is home to the Atlanta Wind

Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theatre.

Sandy Springs • sandyspringsga.org (770) 730-5600 • Pop. 100,000

Located just north of Atlanta, Sandy Springs has grown to become an urban

center and home to citizens from around the nation and the world. Downtown

Sandy Springs is a nontraditional area that surrounds the nine-story Northside

Tower. The downtown area is where the actual sandy springs that inspired the

name of the city are located. The western district of Sandy Springs is Riverside,

an affluent area that contains mansions on beautiful rolling hills. Perimeter

Center is the business district of Sandy Springs surrounding Perimeter Mall.

Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

are all located in Perimeter Center. The Dunwoody Panhandle is another

affluent area of Sandy Springs, located between the Chattahoochee River and

Dunwoody. Many Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Sandy

Springs, including First Data, Newell Rubbermaid, and the United Parcel Service.

Four Fortune 1000 companies are also based in the city: GenOnev, Wendy’s/

Arby’s Group, Spectrum Brands, and Global Payments, Inc.







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Union City • unioncityga.org (770) 964-2288 • Pop.20,501

Union City incorporated on August 17, 1908. Prior to the city’s incorporation,

the Farmer’s Union opened its national headquarters in the area, and the

city takes its name in honor of those farmers. Union City is 8.5 square miles

and provides a quality lifestyle with a wide variety of housing styles, excellent

educational facilities, accessible transportation systems, a variety of parks and

recreational programs, and numerous retail centers, all just minutes away from

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and downtown Atlanta. The

quiet town has many expanding business districts that make it a great place for

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Gwinnett County

gwinnettcounty.com (770) 822-8000

County Population: 808,167

County Seat: Lawrenceville

Median Household Income: $63,076 Median Home Price: $190,100

Square Miles: 430.38 Millage Rate: 11.78

Municipalities: Auburn, Berkeley Lake, Braselton, Buford, Dacula, Duluth,

Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Peachtree Corners, Norcross, Rest

Haven, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee

As a part of metro Atlanta, Gwinnett County provides suburban living close

to the city. This area is one of the fastest growing regions in Georgia. The

county offers quality shopping, fine dining, and many beautiful parks.

Sports entertainment is frequent in Gwinnett County as the minor-league

affiliate of the MLB Atlanta Braves play home games in the county.Gwinnett

County is the future home of Atlanta Media Campus & Studios, a 5-millionsquare-foot

complex that will feature six soundstages, classrooms, offices,

and multifamily housing. Gwinnett County is ideal for those wanting to be

surrounded by the conveniences of city life without being overwhelmed by

living in downtown Atlanta.

Auburn • cityofauburn-ga.org (770) 963-4002 • Pop. 7,000

Auburn is a relatively small community that strives to focus on the individual

residents while it expands progressively. The city has a good school system,

medical offices, a veterinary office, multiple active service organizations, a

public library system, a museum, and excellent police and fire departments.

James Shackelford Memorial Park is a beautiful recreation area with the

Appalachee River and Sandy Creek running alongside it. The park offers a

camping area, walking trails, and several pavilions. The J.D. Withers building

provides a nice space for small events.

Berkely Lake • berkeley-lake.com (770) 368-9484 • Pop. 1,707

Developed in the late 1940s, Berkeley Lake’s 700-acre lake properties were

primarily used as summer retreats. As permanent residents moved in,

area leaders sought to protect and control development, and the city was

incorporated in 1956. Strict ordinances and zoning have kept the integrity

and intent of the area intact.

Braselton • braselton.net (706) 654-3915 • Pop. 7,900

The world-class Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is a major attraction in

Braselton. Over half a million visitors flock to the winery each year and

enjoy the Chateau Elan golf and residential community. Easy access to I-85

makes the area a great attraction for employment, and it also provides

residents with many entertainment opportunities. Some of the corporate

businesses in the region are PetCo, Tractor Supply, SafeLite, Whole

Foods, Home Depot, Dayton Superior, and Haverty Furniture’s Southeast

Distribution Center.

Buford • cityofbuford.com (770) 945-6761 • Pop. 1,3000

Originally a railway depot between Atlanta and Charlotte, the present-day

city of Buford represents far more than just a rail stop. The Buford Dam

not only powers the state, but also provides a great source of recreation

with Lake Lanier Islands. The friendliness of this small town welcomes new

residents and weekend visitors perusing the many shops, restaurants, and

galleries along Main Street Buford. The Mall of Georgia in Buford is the

largest enclosed shopping mall in Georgia and attracts visitors from all

over the state and Southeast. Recreational opportunities are abundant

in the area, and they include swimming, skiing, camping, boating, fishing,

and hiking. More than 10 universities are within a 50-mile radius, and an

independent city school system controls elementary, middle, and high


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Duluth duluthga.net (770)-476-3434 Population 28,000

A culturally diverse and vibrant community, Duluth is a place where families

and businesses can thrive. Now the third largest city in Gwinnett County, it

offers everything to truly capture the spirit of good living. With sidewalks and

bikeways that connect all areas of the city, celebrations such as the Barefoot

in the Park Fine Arts Festival, Duluth Fall Festival, concerts, dining delights,

and multiple entertainment and shopping venues, Duluth is a prosperous

community with small-town sensibilities. Designated a Tree City USA, Duluth’s

residents and leaders work constantly to develop and preserve the area’s

green spaces and expand its many parks. With easy access to Atlanta, Duluth

offers the best of big-city amenities and small-town ambiance. It was named a

Top 10 City for Best American Values by NewsMax magazine.

Grayson • cityofgrayson.org (770) 963-8017 • Pop. 2,700

A growing area of the county, the city of Grayson has numerous city parks

and an annual Grayson Day festival. This city is living up to its slogan-”A Great

Place to Live!” Tribble Mill Park provides Grayson residents with 700 acres of

recreation, including two lakes, trails, biking, fishing, and horseback riding. The

Grayson Arts and History Center preserves the history of the city, showcases

local artists’ work, and holds many cultural events throughout the year.

Lawrenceville • lawrencevillega.org (770) 963-2414 • Pop. 29,000

The city’s vision statement reads: Home to leading edge education, health

care, and government, where history and strong neighborhoods meet.

Lawrenceville’s estimated median household income in 2011 was $42,064.

The city has a total area of 13.1 square miles. The second oldest city in the

Atlanta area, Lawrenceville leads the area in innovation and growth. As the

county seat, the city also has a vibrant and charming historic downtown

that hosts numerous festivals and events throughout the year. Shopping,

arts, and concerts are part of the everyday fabric of this community. The

city’s original town square has remained the center of downtown. Several

nearby springs make the downtown area a great attraction.

Lilburn • cityoflilburn.com (770) 921-2210 • Pop. 13,500

For Atlantans, Lilburn may best be recognized as the city “just over the

Gwinnett County line.” To those who live here, Lilburn is a quaint and friendly

“small-town” city with a multicultural flair. It is home to a 32,000-squarefoot

Hindu temple built in 2007. The main route of transportation in the

area is Highway 29, and the railroad also travels through the Old Town area

of the city. A greenway was recently built in the heart of town and is always

a popular spot for walking and biking. Lilburn is 25 miles from downtown

Atlanta. Money Magazine ranked it No. 5 on the “Best Affordable Places to

Live in America”.Their new Downtown Development Authority is creating a

new identity for the City.

Norcross • norcrossga.net (770) 448-2122 • Pop. 12,200

Gwinnett’s second oldest city, Norcross was incorporated in 1870. Preserving

the city’s charm and downtown district are priorities for citizens wishing to

share the architecture and atmosphere with generations to come. The 112-

acre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Dacula • daculaga.gov (770) 963-7451 • Pop. 4,600

Convenience to metro Atlanta and award-winning schools has kept families

Those wanting big-city access and small-town living are finding Dacula offers

coming to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere

the perfect opportunity. Explosive growth along the Highway 316 corridors

and family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and

has led many new residents to the area. Convenience to the regional air

offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle of the city.families coming

services at Briscoe Field provides additional transportation options for the

to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere and

busy executive. This residential community has built many subdivisions in

family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and they

recent years to accommodate the growing number of residents in the area.

offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle of the city.

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Peachtree Corners • cityofpeachtreecornersga.com

(678) 691-1200 • Pop. 35,000

The city was incorporated in 2012. In the late 1960s, businessman Paul Duke

pitched the idea of creating Peachtree Corners, a planned community to be

constructed in the area that was once known as Pinckneyville. Duke envisioned

a place where people could live, work, and play in the same qualitycontrolled

environment, thus diminishing the need for long commutes. In

1967, Duke initiated the planning of the office component of Peachtree Corners,

Technology Park/Atlanta, a campus of low-rise buildings that would

house low-pollution, high-technology industries to employ, among others,

engineer graduates from Georgia Tech. The median household income is

$59,000, and it is 17 square miles. The Chattahoochee River flows in close

proximity to many beautiful neighborhoods and parks. Canoeing, hiking,

swimming, and biking are everyday activities as temperatures are moderate

most of the year. The Forum is at the heart of the city and a sought-out

destination for dining and shopping.

Suwanee • suwanee.com (770) 945-8996 • Pop. 16,000

A highly educated and skilled workforce is the reason businesses and new

residents are relocating to Suwanee. Easy access to major employment,

shopping, and entertainment centers are other factors in the growth

experienced in this city. Median household value is $266,100. The population

has doubled since 2000. Suwanee has won many awards, including the title of

one of the country’s best small communities and Voice of the People Awards for

Excellence in three different categories (code enforcement, overall city services,

and parks) from the International City/County Management Association and

National Research Center (2013). Kiplinger.com rates the city as the #3 place in

the U.S. to raise children, and Money Magazine rates the Suwanee as among

the top 50 best places to live in the U.S. In 2013, Family Circle magazine rated

the city as among the 10 best towns for families. The area has over 500 acres

of beautiful parks, entertaining events, and high-quality developments. The

Gwinnett County School System is the largest public school system in Georgia,

and it serves the youth of the city with very fine schools.

Snellville • snellville.org (770) 985-3500 • Pop. 19,000

Located along the Highway 78 corridor, the city of Snellville provides

easy access to the outdoor activities at Stone Mountain Park going in one

direction and Athens in the other for University of Georgia football. Snellville

is known for southern hospitality. The city contains many restaurants,

shops, churches, cultural events, schools, and recreational opportunities.

The entertainment needs of residents and visitors alike can be met in or

around Snellville. The area has grown from a quaint farming community into

a successful and attractive city.

Sugar Hill • cityofsugarhill.com (770) 945-6716 • Pop. 20,000

Sugar Hill was a Georgia Militia District for some time before becoming

chartered as an official city in 1939. Expanded city parks, sidewalks, and

citizen action led to Sugar Hill’s designation as a Community of Pride.

Consistently scoring well above state and national scores, area schools are a

major draw for newcomers to the area.


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Hall County

hallcounty.org (770) 535-8288

County Population:185416

County Seat: Gainesville

Median Household Income: $52,050 Median Home Price: $159,900

Square Miles: 392.78 Millage Rate: 6.25

Municipalities: Clermont, Flower Branch, Gainesville, Gillsville, Lula, and


Located in North Georgia, Hall County is a beautiful place to live with a

great quality of life. The foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains provide great

scenery, and Lake Lanier is a nice spot for outdoor enjoyment. The county

is a great focal point in Northeast Georgia for education, arts, and business.

Sporting events, recreational opportunities, and friendly residents are some

of the many attractions to living in Hall County.

Flowery Branch • flowerybranchga.org (770) 967-6371 • Pop. 6000

With many historic buildings still intact from the 1800s, the small town of

Flowery Branch has a lovely historic atmosphere intertwined with modern

amenities. A major attraction in the area is Lake Lanier, where residents and

visitors can enjoy parks, camping, boating, swimming, and other outdoor


Henry County

co.henry.ga.us (770) 954-2400

County Population: 185,416

County Seat: McDonough

Median Household Income: 64251 Median Home Price: $132,000

Square Miles: 322.13 Millage Rate: 14.5

Municipalities: Hampton, Locust Grove, McDonough, Stockbridge

Many family activities and sporting events are held in the metro-Atlanta area of

Henry County. Fairs and festivals are common, and they are a great attraction.

The Atlanta Motor Speedway is located in Hampton, and it hosts two major

NASCAR events. The Panola Mountain State Conservation Park is located on

the border of the county, and it surrounds Panola Mountain. Henry County is a

very appealing place to live for those who enjoy outdoor activities and want to

live close to the city of Atlanta.

Hampton • cityofhampton-ga.gov • Pop. 7000

Located only 30 miles from Atlanta, Hampton offers close proximity to a major

city while retaining a small community atmosphere. Hampton is home to

the Atlanta Motor Speedway and the Nash Farm Battlefield. It is only a few

hours away from the Atlantic Ocean and the Appalachian Mountains. The city

has maintained many historic homes and traditions. The National Registry of

Historic Places recognizes the 100-year-old train depot, which is open daily for

visitors. Hampton has been coined as a “tree city” and a “bird sanctuary” for

its beautiful natural attractions.

Locust Grove • locustgrove-ga.gov (770) 957-5043 • Pop. 5,600

Locust Grove is being “discovered” by locals as a charming, woodsy community

with affordable housing, a rural feel, and accessibility to downtown Atlanta

via interstate highway. Locust Grove also is home to the Cubihatcha Outdoor

Education Center. In 1999 Henry County’s wetland enhancement and

preservation corridor was created to improve and protect existing wildlife

habitats while also providing a place for public education. The center

encompasses almost 1000 contiguous acres. Situated between three of the

county’s reservoirs, the center protects the diverse fish and wildlife habitats.


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Gainesville • gainesville.org (770) 535-6865 • Pop. 35,000

Gainesville, the county seat, is the heart of the region’s poultry processing

industry, but its residential and industrial growth has been steady and high

quality, due in part to its proximity to Lake Lanier. One of the wealthiest

communities outside the metro-Atlanta area, Gainesville serves as a second

home for many prosperous Atlantans with a passion for boating. The parkland

in the area includes 443 acres of beautiful land for recreation and leisure.

The Roosevelt Square and the Roosevelt Monument reside in Gainesville, and

President Franklin D. Roosevelt himself dedicated them in 1938.


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which was a training camp for Confederate troops during the Civil War. The

business district, right outside the beautiful town square, provides antiques,

shops, and dining for residents and visitors. McDonough has a welcome center

in the square that is a 1920s prototype service station, and it is home for Main

Street McDonough and McDonough Hospitality and Tourism. Only 25 miles

from Atlanta and 20 minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International

Airport, residents of McDonough have easy access to every amenity.

Stockbridge • cityofstockbridge.com (770) 389-7900 • Pop. 26,200

Incorporated as a town in 1895 and as a city in 1920, Stockbridge lies at the

northern part of Henry County. A settlement as early as 1829, it became a

crossroads when it applied for a post office prior to the Civil War. Today, it is

a booming suburb and a crossroads city for Interstates 75 and 675 for those

looking for alternate commuting routes to Atlanta. Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta

International Airport is only 12 miles from Stockbridge, providing easy access

for travel.

McDonough • mcdonoughga.org (770) 957-3915 • Pop.22,500

The county seat, McDonough, contains many historic attractions, including

the Brown House, which was built in 1826 for a man from South Carolina who

fought in the Revolutionary War. The city also has the Shingleroof Campground,

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