Alpharetta is located in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains in Fulton County, Georgia, approximately 23 miles north of Atlanta.
Years ago, Alpharetta was the county seat of the former Milton County. In 1932, Milton County was merged into Fulton County. The city's name is a variation of a fictional Indian girl, Alfarata, in a 19th century song, The Blue Juniata. The name of the city is also believed to have been derived from the first letter of the Greek alphabet.
Alpharetta is one of the fastest growing communities in the South. Its environment is considered ideal for raising families and living a quality lifestyle free from the problems found in so many similar sized cities.
Points of Interest in Alpharetta, Georgia:
- Big Creek Greenway – a 12-foot wide concrete path that meanders through the deciduous woods along Big Creek. The greenway offers an ideal setting for walking, jogging, inline roller blading, and biking. Dirt mountain bike trails are located on the east side of the creek 2/5 mile south of Webb Bridge Road.
- Historic Mansell House – constructd in a Queen Anne style, preserved to reflect the essence of a bygone era. It sits amidst award-winning gardens created and maintained by the Alpharetta Garden Club.
- Wills Park – 110 acre park located on Old Milton Parkway (West of 400 and West of Highway 9), featuring 8 baseball fields, 2 tee ball fields, 4 picnic pavilions, Wacky World Playground, 2 smaller playgrounds, disc golf course, tennis courts and 1.5 mile walking trail.
- Verizon Amphitheatre at Encore Park – 12,000 seat state of the art venue, which is the outdoor home to the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.
- Total area - 23 square miles
- Population in July 2006 - 43,424
- Median age of residents - 33 years old
- Median income for a family - $92,718
- Adults married – 59%
- Commuters – 92%
Public schools serving the City of Alpharetta are among the best in the nation. With approximately 89% of area high school graduates taking the SAT, as compared to 48% nationally, the average SAT score for Alpharetta schools is 1658, which exceeds the national average of 1495. The average ACT score for Alpharetta schools is 23.6, as compared to the national average of 21.2.
Alpharetta GA Real Estate:
From 1980 to January 2007 the total number of housing units increased by more than 1,000%, growing from 1,116 to 20,427. More than 66% or 15,241 of Alpharetta’s total households are single-family residential units. An estimated 5,186 multi-family households can be found in the city. It is anticipated that nearly 22,000 households will be found in Alpharetta by 2010 and that the total number of households present in the City will swell to almost 27,500 by the year 2025.
The median house value in Alpharetta in 1990 was $119,800, approximately 30% higher than the Atlanta Region’s median of $ 92,300, with 62.3 % of Alpharetta’s housing valued at $ 100,000 or more. Since then the median house value in Alpharetta has soared by more than 145%; reaching $295,514 by January 2007.
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