Located in north Fulton County just off of GA 400, the city of Alpharetta has been a popular area since its founding in the mid-1800s. Originally called the New Prospect Camp Ground, Alpharetta was a trading post that was chartered as a city in 1858.
The name Alpharetta is rumored to be a variation of the name Alfarata, the main character in the song The Blue Juniata, as well as the first letter of the Greek alphabet.
Through the years, Alpharetta has gained a reputation as a business capital, with numerous companies calling the city limits home base. ADP, Comcast, Ernst & Young, Hewlett-Packard, Publix, and many more large companies have either their corporate offices or a major branch in Alpharetta. Additionally, Alpharetta has become a shopping mecca, with North Point Mall and Avalon dominating the retail landscape.
Alpharetta is a richly diverse community that was voted Best Place to Move several years in a row. The population reaches almost 70,000 and is still growing, thanks to the robust business district and family-feel. During a regular workday, the population increases to 120,000 workers and visitors, due to the number of businesses, shops, recreation, and dining.
27% of the population is under the age of 18, 7.2% ages 18-24, 40.5% age 25-44, 19.4% from 45-65, and 5.8% of the population is over the age of 65. Median household income is around $95,000. The school system is under Fulton County Schools and features almost 20 elementary schools, 11 middle schools, and 11 high schools. Seven private schools call Alpharetta home, as well.
North Point Mall is located in Alpharetta just off GA 400 between exits 8 (Mansell Road) and 9 (Haynes Bridge Road). Near the mall are two movie theatres and an ice/roller skating facility. For a change of pace, be sure to visit Queen of Hearts, a 30,000 square foot store with antiques and collectables on Main Street.
Alpharetta has over 150 restaurants throughout the city. Whether youre looking for something sophisticated, trendy or anywhere in between, you can find it in Alpharetta. Once youve gotten a bite to eat, check out a concert at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park. This 12,000 seat facility opened in 2008 and is an outstanding outdoor venue.
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