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 Safe Wise’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 plan. Considering the strides the city has made in the eight years since its incorporation, the future looks bright for Milton and its residents.