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Fulton County, which stretches across the heart of metro Atlanta, with living options ranging from the suburbs like Sandy Springs and Roswell in the northern part of the county, to the eclectic neighborhoods in southern portion of the county like East Point and College Park. And with a recent revitalization of the county’s south end through new commercial, residential and business districts, the once dwindling portion of the county is experiencing a resurgence, making it an ideal locale for young professionals. The northern, more historic cities provide the perfect low-key environment for families and offer an abundance of residential, business and quality of life options.
With the City of Atlanta situated in the middle of the county, the county provides easy access to the best cultural and entertainment options Atlanta has to offer. The northern and southern borders play host to numerous shops, eateries and parks, while Intown Atlanta is home to some of the city’s biggest attractions like the CNN Center, Philips Arena, Georgia Aquarium, Centennial Olympic Park, The Fox Theatre, High Museum of Art, Atlanta Botanical Garden, Piedmont Park and Atlanta History Center.
Fulton is also the headquarters location for several Fortune 1000 companies, including The Coca-Cola Company (63), Delta Air Lines Inc. (73) ,The Southern Company (163), SunTrust Bank Inc. (327) and Carter’s Inc. (779), just to name a few. The area has also been recognized for having one of the highest numbers of Fortune 1000 headquarters in the area with 22. It is tied with Chicago and falls behind New York City and Houston. Gregg Simon, vice president of economic development at the Metro Atlanta Chamber, says, “Atlanta’s economy has been fueled by a decades-long influx of population from around the world, offering a talent pipeline for all of our employers.”
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Fulton County Cities
Just 22 miles north of Atlanta, Alpharetta offers a full spectrum of attractions, excellent schools, sensible housing costs and historic Southern charm, while remaining close to Atlanta’s global employers — part of the reason Forbes magazine chose Alpharetta as the nation’s No. 1 “reloville” in 2017
As the Peach State's capitol and county seat of Fulton County, Atlanta is home to about 450,000 people and the economic and cultural center of the metro area. Encompassing $304 billion, metro Atlanta is the eighth largest economy in the country and 17th largest in the world. Corporate operations comprise a large portion of the Atlanta's economy, with the city serving as the regional, national and headquarters for many corporations.
Incorporated in 2007, Chattahoochee Hills serves about 2,400 residents in a 56-square-mile area. Last fall, TommorowWorld, an electronic music dance festival, welcomed 160,000 visitors from more than 75 countries to the area. The event is hosted every September.
College Park has the fourth largest urban historic district in Georgia with 867 structures on the National Historic Register, from homes, monuments and churches to government buildings and a railway station. Top employers in the city include the Federal Aviation Administration and Woodward Academy, one of the metro area’s best independent schools.
East Point has long been an important industrial area in metro Atlanta. In recent years, the city has flourished due to its proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is now a great destination for restaurants, hotels and shopping.
Home to the annual Fairburn Festival, The Southside Theatre Guild and Georgia Renaissance Festival, Fairburn has a rich cultural heritage enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. With a population of nearly 14,000, Fairburn has the feel of a city but with small-town sensibilities.
Home to the busiest airport in the world, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Hapeville serves more than 6,000 residents and is also home to Delta Air Lines Inc.'s corporate headquarters.
Nestled along the banks of the Chattahoochee River at the foot of the Appalachian Mountains, this city’s beautiful landscape offers additional aesthetic appeal to an already beautiful metropolis. Schools here are the strongest in the state and business is booming, making Johns Creek one of the wealthiest cities in metro Atlanta.
Milton was incorporated in March 2006 and in 2011 was voted ninth best for quality of life in the South by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. A highly affluent city, Milton is bordered by Roswell and Alpharetta on the south side and is easily accessible via Georgia 400.
Mountain Park, which serves a little more than 500 residents, is an officially designated wildlife refuge, which protects all wildlife, including birds, animals and reptiles — some rare.
Originally named Johnson's Store, Palmetto was established in the 1850s and the rename was said to have been conferred upon by a company of South Carolina soldiers enroute to the Mexican War. They said the community reminded them of their home state, the "Palmetto State."
Founded in 1836, Roswell is now the eighth largest city in Georgia and has twice been voted the best place to live in the metro area by Atlanta magazine. With 13 parks, many well-preserved historical sites and a ranking of the 18th safest-city in the U.S., Roswell is a family-oriented community.
Located just outside of the 285 perimeter, this city is far enough away from Atlanta for a bit of peace and quiet, but close enough that a leisurely ride on MARTA or drive on Georgia 400 puts Midtown Atlanta just 20 minutes away.
One of the most influential sub-markets in the Southern region of metro Atlanta, Union City's staff works diligently to enhance job growth and promote business stability. Some of the area's leading national firms include Newell Rubbermaid, General Electric, Costco, Caterpillar, Dendreon and Kraft Foods.
Fulton County Neighborhoods
An affluent residential neighborhood and dedicated historic district, Ansley Park sits astride Peachtree Street and is adjacent to the famous Piedmont Park.
Taking “live, work, play” to the limit, Atlantic Station isn’t just home to world-class dining, shopping and entertainment. With countless choices for apartments, condos and homes and more than 1.4 million-square-feet of Class A office space, Atlantic Station offers businesses an unbeatable strategic location in the heart of Midtown.
Known as the shopping mecca of the Southeast, Buckhead is rich with elegant high-rise hotels and complexes, beautiful homes and mansions and is one of the city’s most attractive areas for business. It holds the title of ninth richest ZIP code in the U.S., and art and history flourish in Buckhead with more than 30 acres of gardens at the Atlanta History Center.
Undergoing tremendous growth during Atlanta’s Intown renaissance in the early 1990s, Cabbagetown has been revitalized by an influx of artists and musicians. Many murals and street art pieces, maintained by the Living Walls street art association, keep the area’s love of the arts alive.
A beloved area of East Atlanta, Candler Park is not quite as hectic, hosting fancifully painted houses with yards, quirky shops and restaurants. The namesake Candler Park hosts popular festivals through the year, including Fall Fest and the Candler Park Music and Food Festival which draws thousands of visitors and residents alike to enjoy the area’s artists. Close proximity to some other popular Atlanta neighborhoods, including Little Five Points, Inman Park and Poncey-Highlands, make this area a quality choice for all types of families.
Known as Atlanta’s historic creative district, Castleberry Hill is made up of early 20th century warehouse buildings that have been converted into lofts, which are now the predominant housing type. Growing in retail and entertainment establishments, this neighborhood hosts a beloved annual art stroll showcasing the area’s many galleries and restaurants.
The central business district, Downtown Atlanta is home to many corporate and regional headquarters, government facilities, sporting venues and Georgia State University. Containing the city skyline’s tallest buildings, Downtown is also the heart of the city’s most iconic architecture.
Druid Hills, designed with a linear park and parkways in its historic district, is a beautiful urban neighborhood near the center of Atlanta’s metropolitan area. Ponce de Leon Avenue is the central promenade of the community, and its parks range from relatively open greenspace to nearly impenetrable woods.
The oldest city park in Atlanta, Grant Park’s Victorian neighborhood is home to Zoo Atlanta and the Atlanta Cyclorama, which welcomes more than 2 million visitors per year. Many of the buildings, from large, two-story mansions to modified Queen Anne houses, were built when the neighborhood was established in 1882.
Established in the 1890s, Inman Park prides itself on being Atlanta’s first suburb. Known for its shops, public parks and dedicated Tree Watch, this neighborhood comes alive with festivals, parades and a focus on all things local, from galleries and markets to eateries.
Little Five Points (L5P) is an alternative shopping and dining destination and a fun way to spend an afternoon, with more consignment and costume shops than you’ll know what to do with and plenty of excellent pubs. Sevananda, the local co-op, is your one-stop-shop for organic local produce, sandwiches and soups, bulk dry goods and apothecary needs.
Home to more than 200 acres of parks and gardens as well as more than 200 restaurants and shops, Midtown is considered the city’s center for the arts with museums, theaters and galleries galore. The grid streets of Midtown are a community epicenter of business, technology and culture. One of the fastest-evolving and growing residential areas in the city, Midtown boasts high- and low-rise lofts and condos, apartments and traditional neighborhoods right across from the city’s pride, Piedmont Park.
Known as one of Atlanta’s most historic neighborhoods and the home and resting place of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Old Fourth Ward has become a bustling and diverse district packed with nightlife and art galleries. As the start of the Atlanta BeltLine project, Old Fourth Ward offers residents more than 17 acres of greenspace.
Nestled in the middle of several dynamic Intown neighborhoods, Poncey-Highland is rich with all the amenities of urban living, including unique, quality restaurants, shops and galleries, great schools and a variety of housing options including historic and new single family homes, condominiums and apartments.
Often referred to as “The Highlands” or “Va-Hi,” the Virginia-Highland neighborhood is arguably Atlanta’s most popular neighborhood for young professionals and families. It consists of seven distinct commercial "villages" separated by short, walkable blocks of upscale shops, restaurants and pubs.