Emanating out from the heart of Metro Atlanta, Fulton County is connected by 4 major interstates and MARTA, the region’s only transit rail system. It marks the state’s largest county in terms of population, real estate and economic activity. With 15 unique cities, including the great City of Atlanta, Fulton County is the political and lifestyle epicenter for Georgia and the Southeast. Boasting a wealth of attractions, residents and visitors alike are drawn to destinations like the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-Cola and more.
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 world-class shopping. Further north, shopping and dining at Alpharetta’s Avalon and City Center, as well as the vibrant downtown districts of Milton and Roswell prove a major draw.
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.
Only in North Fulton
Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB
Fulton County boasts a temperate climate, with hot summers and cool— but not too cold—winters. Dogwoods, Bradford pears and azaleas burst into bloom in the spring and stay lush and green throughout the summer months. Autumn in the area is marked by bright oranges and reds in the trees.
In the 1960s and 1970s, the population of North Fulton exploded, as more and more people left the city for the suburbs, and it has been steadily growing ever since. Now with a population of nearly 350,000, the communities of North Fulton wield considerable influence in the metro area. They are known throughout the metro area as home to great schools and a high quality of life.[expand title=”Read More…” swaptitle=” “]Many North Fulton residents have college degrees or higher, which helps to drive up the median household income to about $90,000, compared to about $50,000 for the county as a whole.
Education is a priority in North Fulton. Of the 106 schools and learning centers run by the Fulton County school system, more than 60 of them are located in North Fulton. These public schools consistently rank high in both state and national statistics on everything from AP test scores to scholarship money earned. Students who want to stay local have plenty of options when it comes to institutes of higher learning, with satellite campuses for schools like Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter College and Gwinnett Technical College scattered throughout the county.
Although only about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, the communities of North Fulton have a vibe all their own. The area’s five incorporated cities—Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell and Sandy Springs— strike a solid balance between honoring and preserving their history and welcoming innovation and change. Many of North Fulton’s municipalities, including Roswell, have old-fashioned town squares that host a variety of concerts, parades, festivals, farmers markets and other events throughout the year.
In addition to their small-town sensibilities, many of North Fulton’s cities have been recognized for their efforts in everything from keeping residents healthy to operating strong family businesses. When it comes to quality of life, the communities of North Fulton come out on top. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named the city of Milton as having the best quality of life in the metro area in 2011. Since 2003, the North Fulton Community Improvement District, which includes the cities of Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton, has invested more than $16 million in the community providing, for example, pedestrian access along major roads.
For many people who are relocating to the area, health care is a big concern, particularly for baby boomers who are retired or thinking about retirement. According to realtor.org, the number of Americans nationwide 65 or older will nearly double between now and 2030, and the share of the population that is 85 and older will increase by 52 percent. Fortunately, North Fulton is home many of the metro area’s top-notch hospitals, including the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital and Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital.
No matter their age, North Fulton residents know how to have fun, and the area’s many entertainment venues draw visitors from all over metro Atlanta. World-class performing arts venues like the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park provide access to some of the region’s best musical performances.
In addition to these venues, North Fulton has some unique geographical features that make it stand out from other parts of the metro area. Residents can run or bike along dozens of trails and parks in the county. In the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, there are 48 unspoiled miles of waterway available for rafting, canoeing, kayaking or riding in a motor boat. Wildlife such as blue herons make their homes along the river banks, providing perfect opportunities for bird watching, and fishermen enjoy casting their lines in the hope that trout, bass and catfish will bite.
Photo courtesy of Johns Creek
Like many other parts of the Atlanta area, North Fulton County has myriad restaurants to satisfy every type of craving, with outposts of nearly every major chain restaurant as well as unique local fare. Diners can enjoy everything from classic Southern cooking at downtown Roswell Greenwood’s Restaurant to sophisticated European fare at Cibo e Beve. The burgeoning immigrant population in North Fulton means that cuisine from every corner of the world is also easy to find.
While the Atlanta housing market took a hit during the recent economic downturn, the suburban real estate market has bounced back to healthy levels in the past year. Housing options in North Fulton run the gamut from newly constructed single-family homes to condos in historic areas and apartments near the local colleges and universities. Prices are historically lower here than within the Atlanta city limits, so buyers can get more for their money.
Business, culture, education, green space, town squares, easy access to the city of Atlanta—North Fulton County truly has it all. Residents enjoy a high quality of life and make the most of the area’s geography, history, and recreational opportunities. As a place that is both in touch with its history and looking forward to the future, North Fulton has much to offer families, young professionals and retirees alike.[/expand]
Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs
The communities of North Fulton are easily accessible via Interstate 285 and Georgia 400, which means commuters can easily travel to and from downtown Atlanta, as well as to some of the other outlying counties. As of November 2013, drivers on Georgia 400 no longer have to pay a toll, making it a quick and easy way to get from Buckhead to North Fulton. The Perimeter area has quickly become one of the area’s busiest business hubs, making it easy for commuters all over the area to get to work. In addition to its road systems, the county also has two other unique transportation options for residents.
(Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)
While most of MARTA’s stops are within the boundaries of the city of Atlanta, North Fulton also benefits from this bus and rail system. The Medical Center, Sandy Springs and North Springs rail stations help commuters access some of the largest businesses in the area, like Perimeter Mall and Northside Hospital.
(Georgia Regional Transportation Authority)
GRTA was formed by former Gov. Roy Barnes to help address crosscommunity transportation issues. The authority now operates 13 different Xpress bus routes that service 12 of the metro area’s counties. These routes accommodate more than 2 million passenger trips each year and provide access to some of the area’s major employment centers.
Welcome to North Fulton!
From the North Fulton County Chamber
President & CEO Brandon Beach
Within the Metro Atlanta community, North Fulton is known as the ‘Golden Corridor’ thanks in large part to the vision and leadership of this Chamber. Many of the successes North Fulton has seen over the last 40 years can be directly attributed to the forward-thinking and innovative leaders of this organization. Their hard work and dedication have positioned the GNFCC to be the catalyst for economic development, business growth and quality of life in North Fulton. This remains our mission today.
This year’s leadership team has set its sights on even greater accomplishments. The 2014 GNFCC Board, along with our professional staff and numerous volunteer-led committees, has established valuable community partnerships and leveraged the resources that will:
- Strengthen North Fulton’s economic development opportunities through Progress Partners.
- Capitalize on the investment in our infrastructure with the help of the North Fulton Community Improvement District.
- Expand our medical resources by collaborating with the hospitals, healthcare providers and technology companies inside our footprint on healthcare initiatives.
- Support the quality education that makes North Fulton such an attractive place to live.
It’s exciting to watch the growth of our six vibrant and distinct cities – Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs – and we continue to build on the unique opportunities that make North Fulton THE best place to live, work, play and stay. I encourage you to be a part of the excitement by actively participating in the GNFCC and in the community. The returns you’ll see on your investment will be worthwhile.
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Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell, Sandy Springs
City of Alpharetta | (678) 297-6000 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
Alpharetta is a city in north Fulton County and is considered one of the more affluent communities in the Atlanta area. 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 Ameris Bank 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, single-family residences and luxury rental homes.
Describing the recipe that makes Alpharetta such a successful community can be difficult. The city boasts great schools, fantastic amenities, great shopping, wonderful parks, a high concentration of technology and medical jobs, and exceptional executive housing, but other places that have those things are not as successful as Alpharetta and even fewer have been so consistently prosperous.
Slightly more than 65,000 residents call Alpharetta home, a figure that increased by 14% between 2010 and 2016. The median household income exceeds $100,000, and the population is highly educated; 66% have at least a bachelor’s degree. Approximately 82% of residents are employed in the tech / professional sector, and 94% of Alpharetta students graduate high school. In March 2019 the median price of a detached home was $449,000, up 22% since March 2015.
Alpharetta’s business climate is truly amazing, with over 5,600 businesses fueling a daytime population of more than 125,000. The city has earned the moniker “Technology City of the South” due to being home to 700
technology companies, among the highest concentration anywhere in the US. Twenty-seven hotels currently operate in Alpharetta with a 90% occupancy rate, and 8 new hotels are in development. Avalon, the luxury
development that redefined suburban mixed-use, is extremely successful and has opened more new hotels, a conference center, restaurants, retailers, and housing in the past year. Downtown Alpharetta is thriving,
and its City Center Project is bringing 12 new restaurants, unique boutiques, housing, offices, a village green, and a new library to the heart of Alpharetta.
Numerous companies; including Jackson Healthcare, WellStar, and Mayfair Partners; are expanding their footprints and making new investments here. And, the owners of North Point Mall have announced a major project that will redevelop the property’s eastern end into a 14-acre mixed-use jewel that features active green spaces connected by trail systems, new retail and restaurant offerings, and apartments.
Chattahoochee Hills | (770) 463-8881 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
Chattahoochee Hill Country became a city on December 1, 2007, with the first elected officials taking office a few days later. On September 23, 2008, the city was renamed by an ordinance from Chattahoochee Hill Country to “Chattahoochee Hills”
College Park | (404) 767-1537 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
College Park is home to the world’s busiest Airport, sitting only eight miles away from southwest Atlanta. The City offers the greatest Southern hospitality in its City services, parks, lodging, local restaurants, and
community events. It is one of the fastest growing cities in metro Atlanta, in 2017 the City adopted a new slogan, “Clearly College Park. Land. In Plane Sight.” The City leaders work continuously to develop and expand businesses throughout the area. College Park owns and operates Georgia International Convention Center, the second largest convention center in the United States. The city is also home to Woodward Academy, the largest independent private school in the continental United States. Initially known as Manchester and incorporated in 1981 and was renamed again as the City of College Park in 1896. Notable College Park residents include American rappers 2chains, Ludacris, Jermaine Dupri, NFL Quarterback Cameron Newton and The Reverend Creflo Dollar. College Park was mentioned as“one of the best places to call home”.
East Point | (404) 765-1014 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
Conveniently located just five minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and 10 minutes from Downtown Atlanta, East Point is home to a variety of residential neighborhoods, shopping districts, business districts and industrial parks. A wide range of shopping and services can be found at Camp Creek Marketplace, Camp Creek Pointe, along the Cleveland Avenue and Washington Road corridor and in the Downtown District. Thriving businesses and industrial centers can be found at Camp Creek Business Center, South Meadow Industrial Park, Oakleigh Industrial Park, Lawrence Avenue Industrial Park and Willingham Industrial Park. East Point is proud to say it is home to several Fortune 500 Companies. It is also home to the only velodrome in the State of Georgia, offering Olympic-style cycling events and cycling classes to riders from all over the U.S. and beyond.
The population is around 35,500, and as such, the median HHI is $37,000, the median sales price of a single family detached house in September 2018 was $160,000 compared to $90,500 in September 2014. With all the growth currently underway and planned, they are poised to experience continued increases in many areas. The new City Hall will be completed soon and the downtown area is experiencing a renaissance, with over $7million dollars in streetscape improvements currently under construction or planned, and multiple projects recently completed or underway, it will continue to see revitalization take place. The City has over 133 acres of parks and they are working to develop a 26.2 mile system of paths for bicycles and pedestrians- the East Point PATH “model mile” is currently underway and the first 5 miles are projected to be completed within a few years. The City focuses on attracting a diverse mix of small, medium and large businesses and they are a “Camera Ready” city, with production companies scouting for locations or filming in the City frequently. They also offer an array of attractive incentives and resources for both existing and new businesses.
Fairburn | (770) 964-2244 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
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 | (404) 669-2120 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
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’s $100-million U.S. headquarters complete with Porsche experience driving track. The city is also home to the original Chick-fil-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 Chicago style 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 | (678) 512-3200 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
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 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) 242-2500 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
The city of Milton became incorporated in 2006 and adopted Fulton County ordinances. The city covers over 23,000 acres. The city’s vision statement is to maintain a distinctive community embracing small-town life and heritage while preserving and enhancing a rural character. The average household 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.
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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 | (770) 463-3377 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
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.
City of Roswell | (770) 641-3727 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
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 award- winning 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.
City of Sandy Springs | (770) 730-5600 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
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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The City was incorporated in May, 2017 and at the time of this writing it is in transition of services from the County. The Mayor is Bill Edwards. It is 107.3 square miles.
Union City | (770) 964-2288 [expand title=”(More Info)” swaptitle=” “]
Union City was 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. The City is 8.5 square miles, just 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta and 10 miles to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. The average sale price for a detached home in December, 2017 was approximately $151,000 and the median HHI is $53, 119. 54% of their land area is undeveloped and they have several programs to attract business such as their: Tax Allocation District, Opportunity Zone and Foreign Trade Zone. The Atlanta Metro Studios has headquartered there on the site of the former Shannon Mall and is one of the nation’s largest studios. They have an 18 hole golf course, a 25,000 square foot Community Center is underway, the famous Green Manor Restaurant, a 500 acre senior housing facility and their Comprehensive Master Plan 2030 has been launched.
Main Contact Information
Animal Control | (404) 613-0358
Business License | (404) 612-3171
Fulton County Tax Commissioner, Arthur E. Ferdinand | (404) 730-6100
County Extension Office | (404) 613-7670
Driver’s License | (404) 657-9300
Planning and Zoning | (404) 612-8053
Tax Assessor | (404) 612-6440
Voter Registration | (404) 730-7072
Fire and Emergency Services | (404) 612-5700
Police Department | (404) 613-5700
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AT&T | (404) 249-9052
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DeVry University (Alpharetta campus) | (770) 619-360
Gwinnett College (Sandy Springs campus) | (877) 527-3504
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Children’s at Scottish Rite (Perimeter) | (404) 785-5252
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