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North Metro Atlanta's Golden Corridor
There are many wonderful areas within and around Atlanta, but there is no place quite like North Fulton County. A world of serenity, economic opportunity, and pleasure is found here, just a short drive north of the city. Ever-increasing prosperity, a rich and diverse cultural scene, unlimited recreational activities, world-class educational and medical facilities, and natural beauty combine with a rare sense of small-town charm, historic ambience, and welcoming communities to create an unparalleled quality of life here. Welcome to North Fulton County, the crown jewel of Metro Atlanta.
Our reputation as the region’s epicenter of economic growth and social vigor grows as increasing numbers of new and established businesses discover the advantages of the Greater North Fulton area. Along Georgia 400, Roswell Road (Highway 9), and Medlock Bridge Parkway (Highway 141), companies are springing up at an unprecedented rate, while visitors and residents enjoy the numerous retail and dining experiences offered at North Point and Perimeter malls. Access to Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, and downtown Atlanta, whether by Interstate 285, Georgia 400, or MARTA rapid transit services, is quick, and convenient.
North Fulton County offers an extraordinary combination: thriving commerce, wisely planned development, and superb amenities along with historic charm, security, and gentle living - the best of Atlanta.
Most of Greater North Fulton County was once Milton County, created in 1857 from parts of Cherokee, Forsyth, and Cobb counties and christened in honor of John Milton, Georgia’s first secretary of state. The town of Alpharetta was chosen as the Milton County seat.
The Milton County lifestyle was vastly different from the bustling atmosphere of urban Atlanta. Milton County was a quiet rural area where the gristmill served as the local “meeting place” and neighbors were seldom encountered except during trips to “town” and at church on Sunday.
The communities in the area at this time included Alpharetta, Crabapple, Fields’ Cross Roads, Midway, Ocee, Shakerag, Warsaw, Newtown, Birmingham, Hopewell, and Webb. In those days, Roswell was part of neighboring Cobb County. Cotton was the primary cash crop, and Alpharetta’s and Crabapple’s cotton gins and mills were bustling with business.
After the Civil War, cotton production and milling again became Milton County’s major industry, as well as that of the surrounding counties when Roswell Mill was rebuilt. The economic and employment strength of cotton and textiles continued well into the 20th century.
Due to the calamitous economic downturn of the Great Depression, the counties of Milton and Campbell sought to reduce the expenses of administering a county government by merging with neighboring Fulton County in 1932. Roswell was ceded by Cobb County to provide a land connection between Fulton and Milton Counties. Milton County became a footnote in history and the stage was set for the economic machine of Atlanta to extend northward.
Alpharetta – Pop. 57,571
Johns Creek – Pop. 76,728
Milton – Pop. 30,180
Mountain Park – Pop. 570
Roswell – Pop: 88,346
Sandy Springs – Pop. 93,853