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North Fulton CommunityProfiles Magazine 2018

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Cities in North Fulton Fulton County Population: 1,014,932 County Seat: Atlanta Median Household Income: $60,291 Median Home Price: $274,700 Square Miles: 526.64 Millage Rate: 10.45 North Fulton Municipalities: Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs Alpharetta (678) 297-6000 Like many cities in the metro area, Alpharetta sprang out of settlements that emerged after the Cherokee Indians were forcibly removed from Georgia in the 1830s. First known as the New Prospect Camp Ground, present-day Alpharetta is located near a Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB natural spring that became a trading post for nearby settlers. Alpharetta was chartered in 1858 and until 1931 was the county seat of Milton County, which merged with Fulton County in order to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression. The city has changed a lot in the past 84 years. With an area of 21.4 square miles, it is one of the largest—and wealthiest—municipalities in North Fulton County. They recently opened their beautiful new City Hall. 63.3 percent of Alpharetta’s residents own a bachelor’s degree or higher, which is nearly 35 percent above the national average for young adults. The public high schools boast a combined graduation rate of 95.5 percent, and with an average ACT score of 23.8 and 65 percent of students participating in AP courses. Known as “The Technology City of the South,” Alpharetta is home to countless office parks and IT centers. It is also a hub for many well- known businesses like ADP, LexisNexis, Comcast and E-Trade, among others. They have over 600 technology companies. Alpharetta is a shopper’s paradise with NorthPoint Mall and Avalon, its surrounding neighborhoods also house many major retailers. Avalon, a new mixed-use development from North American Properties, which owns the Atlantic Station development in Midtown Atlanta, has attracted retailers like Apple, Whole Foods, J. Crew and Road Runner Sports and dining concepts from some of the area’s best chefs. Festivals and musical performances abound both in the historic downtown area and at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, the summer home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. ________________________________________________________ Johns Creek (678) 512-3200 Johns Creek occupies 32.5 square miles in Northeast Fulton County. Sixty-three percent of the adults have a college degree or better, and the median home value in Johns Creek is $372,000. It is the tenth largest city in Georgia. The city 28 Photo courtesy of Johns Creek Photo courtesy of Milton was originally a “sacred place” for tribal meetings between the rival Cherokee and Creek native American Indian tribes. State-of-the-art public and private schools are located in Johns Creek, which are consistently ranked among the tops in the state, and regularly receive national recognition for academic excellence. High schoolers in Johns Creek have the highest average test scores in the state of Georgia. The city is also consistently ranked as the safest in the state and among the safest in the nation. Alcon, State Farm Insurance, Macy’s Technology Systems, Saia, Inc., and Ebix each maintain a large corporate presence in Johns Creek. The city also includes world-class health care options between the highly acclaimed Emory Johns Creek Hospital campus and other health care providers. The Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center offers 46 acres of Georgia woodlands in addition to three other beautiful city parks in the area. The city is in the process of building out five new parks, which will more than double its parks and recreation acreage. Additionally, the city is bordered by the Chattahoochee River, and includes three National Park Recreation Areas. For arts and entertainment, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, which is a fully professional orchestra, is a major attraction, along with the Johns Creek Arts Center. Connected by four major interstates and MARTA, the region’s only transit rail system, Fulton County is the state’s largest county in terms of population, real estate and economic activity. With 15 unique cities, including the great City of Atlanta; the State Capitol and major attractions; Fulton County is the political and lifestyle epicenter for Georgia and the Southeast. Living in Fulton County offers easy access to the region’s best, from arts and culture events, to premiere sports and entertainment facilities, to a wide variety of local and international cuisine and shopping. Visit the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline; the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Alpharetta’s luxury lifestyle center, Avalon; and Fulton’s many vibrant downtown main streets from Roswell to College Park. Outside of Atlanta, Fulton County provides high-quality living experiences with a more suburban feel and a wide range of single and multifamily residential options. Recreational choices are abundant, with thousands of acres of parks and green space. From north to south, Fulton County is a community that offers a little bit of everything, no matter your lifestyle preference. ________________________________________________________ Milton (678) 252-2400 Incorporated in 2006, the city of Milton is named after Revolutionary War hero John Milton. Milton also served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 1777 until 1799. The city wasted no time in catching up with some of its neighbors and has already been recognized locally and nationally for its accomplishments. In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked Milton as having the best quality of life in the metro area. The same year, Milton was awarded the No. 9 spot in the South for quality of life by The Business Journals. Metrics for this survey of more than 1,100 cities across the region included the percentage of workers who either walk to work or telecommute (13.4 percent), adults with advanced degrees (20.4 percent) and the homeownership rate (81 percent). Its population of more than 33,000 residents also boasts a median household income of about $99,000 per year. Milton also came in at No. 3 on home security firm SafeWise’s list of the 50 safest cities in Georgia. For recreation, Milton has partnered with Alpharetta for use of local parks. Business has also thrived in Milton. In 2013, the city founded its economic development department in an effort to meet goals set out in its strategic CommunityProfiles >> 2017

plan. Considering the strides the city has made in the eight years since its incorporation, the future looks bright for Milton and its residents. ________________________________________________________ Mountain Park (770) 993-4231 Bordered on three sides by Roswell and extending into Cherokee County by less than 1,000 feet, Mountain Park, GA is the smallest of North Fulton’s cities with a total area of less than a square mile and a population of only 547. Incorporated in 1927, Mountain Park was originally a summer getaway for some of Atlanta’s more elite citizens, with only three families living as permanent residents including the mayor, who ran a small shop called “The Stand.” While it has grown since then, Mountain Park remains an idyllic change of pace for the Atlanta area. The city is zoned as a wildlife refuge, and many official clubs are dedicated to maintaining its unique natural beauty, including the Watershed Preservation Society, the Mountain Park Organic community garden project, and the Green and Beautiful Program. The Arbor Day Foundation, USDA Forest Service and Association of State Foresters recently awarded the city the distinction of Tree City USA, which recognizes urban and community forestry programs across the US. If you want the jobs of the Atlanta area but the peace and quiet of a lakeside cabin, Mountain Park is an ideal spot, but hurry -- at the time of this writing, there are only 10 houses for sale! Roswell (770) 641-3727 Unlike many of North Fulton’s communities, Roswell was founded in the early 19th century. The city is named after its founder, Roswell King, who built what became the largest cotton mill in North Georgia. The city was officially incorporated in 1854. By the time the Civil War started, the cotton mill employed more than 400 people, many of whom were sent north when the mill was destroyed by Gen. Sherman’s troops. During the Great Depression, when much of the area’s agricultural industry was lagging, Roswell was ceded from Cobb County to become part of Fulton at the same time that neighboring Milton County was being absorbed by Fulton. Roswell is now the eighth largest city in Georgia with a population close to 90,000, after having experienced extensive growth over the past 20 years. Due to its outstanding quality of life, the city has twice been voted one of the best places in the metro area to live by Atlanta magazine. Additionally, Frommer’s ranked Roswell No. 3 on its list of the best places to raise a family. Part of that can be attributed to its 13 parks, which comprise more than 900 acres of active and passive green space. Residents also have access to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, which is part of the National Park System. Roswell boasts a quaint downtown square full of eclectic shops and some of the metro area’s best restaurants. ________________________________________________________ Sandy Springs (770) 730-5600 Located just outside the I-285 Perimeter and easily accessible via Georgia 400, Sandy Springs was incorporated in 2006 and now has a population of more than 103,000. Sandy Springs is the second largest city in the metropolitan Atlanta area and is the sixth largest city in the state. Their new City Hall opens this year.While Perimeter Mall, one of the area’s premier shopping destinations, falls within the borders of the city of Dunwoody, the surrounding business district belongs to Sandy Springs. Northside Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta also fall within Sandy Springs’ borders. These are also some of the largest employers in the city. Sandy Springs has the distinction of being the home of UPS, one of the world’s most recognizable brands. More than 5,500 businesses currently call Sandy Springs home. Recreation opportunities abound in Sandy Springs, which has 12 parks and several annual outdoor festivals and events. Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit that seeks to preserve and promote the history of Sandy Springs, sponsors the annual Sandy Springs Festival and also runs Heritage Green, which includes the Williams-Payne House and Museum. Tennis magazine recently called The Sandy Springs Tennis Center, which has 24 lighted courts, “one of the finest public facilities in the country.” Over the past few years, Sandy Springs has implemented many projects to increase green space, make the city more pedestrian friendly and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. The Atlanta Regional Commission recently honored Sandy Springs for its efforts to use solar energy and propane auto gas for many of its fire stations and police vehicles. Sandy Springs boasts nationally recognized public schools and world-class private schools. Power Georgia Power (888) 660-5890 Greystone Power Corp (770) 942-6576 Sawnee EMC (770) 887-2363 Gas 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 (877) 467-2262 True Natural Gas (877) 746-4362 Walton EMC Natural Gas (770) 267-2505 Water and Sewer Fulton County Water & Sewer Billing (404) 730-6830 Cable Comcast (866) 922-0069 Fulton County Office of Broadcast and Cable (404) 612-8394 Telephone AT&T (888) 695-3398 Smith Plantation photo credit to the Roswell Convention and Visitors Bureau. NOTES Published by: Phone: 678-319-4433 ©2017CommunityProfiles CommunityProfiles >> 2017 29