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 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.
The Technology City of the South
The City has experienced significant change over the last few years such as:
- New City Hall
- Avalon is in the second phase of its development
- New 8 ½ mile Big Creek Greenway is like the Beltline around the City
- New Hotel and Conference Center
- Numerous new restaurants
- Top Golf, The Main Event, and Dave and Busters
- A new Library
- There are 50 new construction projects underway currently
- They have over 600 technology companies
- Walkability is their key to future planning and a new Master Plan is coming
The median price of homes both attached and detached in February was $386,000 and the median household income exceeds $125,000.