Located in North Fulton County, Alpharetta, Georgia has a population of just over 35,000 people and encompasses about 21.5 square miles of land. Officially chartered on December 1858, its name means "first town" in Greek.
Demographically speaking, Alpharetta is almost 90 percent white and around 7 percent African American.
Alpharetta is home to two colleges, Georgia State University and DeVry Institute of Technology.
A bachelor's degree or higher is held by about 57 percent of the city's residents.
The leading industries in Alpharetta are professional, scientific, management, administrative, waste management services, educational, health and social services, finance, insurance, and real estate. Approximately 86 percent of workers in the city work for companies, 6 percent work for the government and 4 percent are self-employed. Alpharetta has an unemployment rate of 3.2 percent.
Despite its tumultuous beginnings and its locale as one of the outermost suburbs of Atlanta, Alpharetta has grown into a viable city, with several mid-rise buildings that house some of the country's largest companies. In fact, because of its many affordable buildings and warehouse space, Alpharetta has been a growing hub of important business. The city is filled with office parks and a population of highly skilled laborers that has made it an attractive place for large corporations to either set up headquarters or regional facilities. Manufacturing and shipping also make Alpharetta a rising destination for business in the southeastern United States.
Alpharetta's major employers include Nortel Networks, ADP National Account Services, AIG Agency Auto, Alcatel-Lucent, ChoicePoint and McKesson Provider Technologies.
Alpharetta accommodates about 14,650 houses with an occupancy ratio that is a little less than 95 percent. Out of occupied houses, owners occupy about 8,320 houses and renters occupy about 5,510 houses.
Historic Downtown Alpharetta offers a glimpse at the quaint life of the city. Stores and eateries dot the streets, and the area showcases work from local artists and craftsmen during the Main Street Market events held monthly between March and November.
North Point Mall: While Alpharetta is home to many unique stores, both locally owned and national chains, the epicenter in the area is by far the North Point Mall, a state-of-the-art shopping venue that is home to more than 140 stores and offers restaurants, a food court, and regularly scheduled entertainment.
Main Street Antiques Corridor: Splendid shops and tony boutiques line this area, along with epicurean destinations, including high-end butcher shops, fish markets, and fresh-produce businesses.