Fulton County Information
Home to over 1 million residents, Fulton County provides all of the amenities needed and desired for the people who live there. The county offers education at exceptional schools and nationally renowned colleges, public transportation, exquisite dining, world-class entertainment and sports, and much more. Home buyers can find anything ranging from a loft downtown to a quiet family house in this county. With the attractions in the city of Atlanta close by residents of Fulton County will always be able to find something fun and exciting to do.
North Fulton provides high-quality living experiences with a more suburban feel with a wide range of single and multi-family residences options. Recreation choices are abundant with hundreds of acres of parks and green space. The area maintains world-class golf courses and tennis facilities. There is truly something for everyone.
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.
MARTA (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.
GRTA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority)
GRTA was formed by former Gov. Roy Barnes to help address cross-community 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.
Suburban communities in Fulton County also offer residents a variety of options. In North Fulton County, Alpharetta has an historic town square featuring antique, gift and flower shops as well as numerous restaurants. At the other end of the spectrum is Alpharetta’s Northpoint Mall with over 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment experiences. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre offers residents of Alpharetta and its surrounding communities with entertainment of all sorts. The Amphitheatre has been awarded for being the Best New Major Concert Venue and the Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue. Wills Park has an excellent Equestrian Center for those who enjoy horseback riding.
Since Atlanta’s beginnings as an end-of-the-line railroad town named Terminus, the city has been the South’s transportation hub. Today as home to one of the world’s busiest airports, Atlanta is a global hub connecting international centers of culture and commerce. The diversity of the city’s economy and population creates a dynamic environment that supports both thriving businesses and the establishment of new homes. Numerous in-town neighborhoods provide a full spectrum of choices. The city has many entertainment options such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Zoo Atlanta, and much more. College and professional sports teams are abundant in Atlanta, and they attract loyal fans from all over the state. Numerous nationally-renowned higher education institutions are in the area. Overall, Atlanta has something to offer nearly every type of person.
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.
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 was recently built on the western side of the city, and it offers great shopping opportunities. The Fulton County School System has its headquartersin East Point, and the school system operates all of the public schools in the area. Chartered in 1890, East Point grew rapidly in its early years, its proximity to the railroad and industry buoying its development. Today, the area continues to grow. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Southeast Region 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
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 historical culture enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. 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.
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 was originally a “sacred place” for tribal meetings between the rival Cherokee and Creek tribes. Today Johns Creek has been established as a municipal leader in the metro-Atlanta area. The region of Johns Creek provides a very high quality of life for its residents, and keeps up a safe lifestyle. 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 Autry 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 Art Center.
The City of Milton is a very affluent city in metro-Atlanta that was established very recently in 2006. Consisting of nearly 33,000 residents, Milton has grown into a thriving area while still retaining its small-town feel. Milton High School is a nationally-renowned high school that offers students in the area a quality education. Bell Memorial Park, Birmingham Park, and Providence Park provide the community with recreational activities and a nice place to enjoy nature. The Bethwell Community Center offers a summer day camp along with the City of Milton Parks and Recreation programs.
Mountain Park if an official wildlife refuge, which means that all wildlife including birds, reptiles, and animals in the area are protected. Some rare species including Red Tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Eastern Bluebirds, and Pileated Woodpeckers live in the area most or all off the year. Most streets in Mountain Park are named after trees or birds. Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy living in Mountain Park and taking in all of the natural wonders the community has to offer.
Established in 1833 as Johnson’s Store, Palmetto gots 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 applealing place for residents who want to enjoy suburb living while having easy access to a large city. Palmetto has an extremely high elevation, and it 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.
Historic Roswell, founded in 1839, has retained its charm while keeping its focus on the promise and possibilities of the future. Embodying 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 Theater. Small business owners and entrepreneurs will find that Roswell is an excellent place to thrive in the business community. Residents have easy access to Atlanta and North Georgia, allowing for accessible travel to the major city as well as the mountainous regions in Georgia.
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: Mirant Corp., Wendy’s/
Arby’s Group, Spectrum Brands, and Global Payments, Inc.
Home to over 20,000 residents Union City 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 International Airport and downtown Atlanta. The quiet town has many expanding business districts that make it a great place for new residents.
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Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City
FULTON COUNTY OFFICES
Main Contact Information
Fulton County Tax Commissioner
Arthur E. Ferdinand
County Extension Office
Fire and Emergency Services
Planning and Zoning
City of Alpharetta
City of Atlanta
City of College Park
City of East Point
City of Fairburn
City of Hapeville
City of Mountain Park
City of Palmetto
City of Roswell
City of Sandy Springs
City of Union City
Atlanta Gas Light
Georgia Natural Gas Co.
Water and Sewer
Fulton County Water and Sewer Billing
Merk Miles Transfer Station and Recycling Center
Roswell Recycling Center
Sandy Springs Recycling Center
Fulton County Office of Broadcast and Cable
Fulton County School System
(404) 768 3600
Georgia State University
Department of Health and Wellness
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System
Atlanta Journal Constitution
Fulton County News