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Alpharetta, GA

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.

EDUCATION

Fulton County Schools runs the local school district, which consists of 13 elementary schools and 6 middle schools. There are also progressive magnet and public charter schools.

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.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

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.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

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.

EVENTS

  • Fun Fest: Held in September and sponsored by the Alpharetta Rotary, Fun Fest features a community marketplace and a Kids Activity Zone, along with musical performances, a car show, "Cuisine Scene," and Business Boulevard, a business-networking event.
  • Arts StreetFest: Held in April, this event celebrates local and regional artists in a festival setting when the streets are closed down to display art exhibitions and a theatrical performance. There are also live jazz and other musical performances as well as food booths.
  • Old Milton Country Fair: Held in September, this event has all the trappings of a traditional southern country fair, including food, music, exhibits, and special events geared toward children.
  • Taste of Alpharetta: This is one of the largest "Taste of" events in the South, with dozens of restaurants offering cooking demonstrations, competitions, and exhibits.
  • Scarecrow Harvest: Each fall, students from Alpharetta schools make the scarecrows that are the focal point of this free event, which also features crafts, music, and food.
  • Tree Lighting Festival: The early-December Tree Lighting Festival marks the beginning of the holidays in Alpharetta. Here, the town's Christmas tree is decorated with thousands of lights. Plenty of other activities make this a fun event for kids of all ages.

ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT

  • Verizon Wireless Amphitheater: Located just minutes from Alpharetta, this venue opened in 2008 is the outdoor home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. The amphitheater also presents film nights, theatrical performances, and concerts featuring nationally recognized acts such as The Eagles.
  • Willis Park: Features a playground and a renowned equestrian center.
  • The Mansell House and Gardens: Constructed in the Queen Anne style of architecture, the house is on view for those wishing to take a trip back to another time and place. Most notable are its award winning gardens that are maintained to this day by the Alpharetta Garden Club.
  • The Big Creek Greenway: Constructed to provide exercise trails amidst a natural setting, this greenway allows users to witness wildlife in its natural habitat, including Canadian geese, ducks, blue herons, and deer.
  • Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center: This preserve features a replica of a Native American hunting lodge.

SHOPPING

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.