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Category: Communities

Fulton County Intown Communities

Ansley Park

0.589 square miles, Population: 2,113, MHHI $84,000;

Ansley Park is an affluent residential neighborhood and the first Atlanta suburban neighborhood designed for automobiles. The neighborhood was completed by 1930 and is 275 acres (1.11 km2) with Ansley Golf Club bordering the community. It is designated a historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.

First developed in 1904 by Edwin P. Ansley, Ansley Park was designed to attract Atlanta’s wealthiest and most prestigious families and was home to the Georgia’s Governor’s mansion for decades.  The Ansley Park Civic Association is an active force in maintaining the neighborhood’s character  and sense of community.

 

Atlantic Station

0.683 square miles, Population: 2,408, MHHI $57,000,

Atlantic Station has it all. The community has a vibrant retail and dining district coupled with office space and attached housing and apartments. Rather than commuting to work, Atlantic Station residents can work two blocks from home and shop around the corner. Visitors from all around the Atlanta metro area shop at over 35 stores such as West Elm and Dillard’s or poke into charming shops like Kilwin’s ice cream shop and Kinnucan’s adventure gear for the outdoors.

Since it’s opening in 2005, Atlantic Station has also served as the go to spot for entertainment. The complex houses Regal Cinemas, the annual Skate the Station ice skating rink and touring acts such as Cirque du Soleil.

 

Buckhead

Population: 200,000, MHHI is $85,000.

Buckhead is a large, prosperous area with upscale residential, retail, dining, entertainment, commercial venue. In addition to one of the most attractive neighborhoods in Atlanta, it is a major financial center.  The area has high rise office buildings, hotels, and condominiums for an urban landscape along Peachtree Road. However, homes in neighborhoods such as West Paces Ferry and Peachtree Park are nestled in Piedmont forests.

 

Cabbagetown

0.141 square miles, Population: 780

Cabbagetown is a neighborhood on the east side of Atlanta and adjacent to historic Oakland Cemetery.  The historic district is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places and is characterized by art and music festivals. Art is managed by the neighborhood’s own Wall Keepers Committee. Stop and check out street art by La Pandilla and Trek Matthews who painted  two murals at the request of their  Living Walls street art organization.

 

Castleberry Hill

Population: 13,303

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and thriving with retail shops, coffee shops, art galleries, restaurants, apartments and condos, Castleberry Hill is in the midst of a renaissance. The unique urban community has converted early 20th century warehouse buildings to lofts to house a culturally diverse group of Atlantans. The area is in with these old commercial structures being turned into cool lofts.  The proximity to all that Atlanta has to offer in a short walking distance and easy highway and public transportation options are, and will continue to be, major draws to the area.

 

Downtown

4 square miles, Population: 26,700 residents as of 2010

The central business and government district of Atlanta can be found in Downtown Atlanta.  Many Fortune 500 companies can be found near the capital building and its many federal government facilities.  Georgia State University brings top academics as well as sporting, cultural and entertainment. Only in Downtown Atlanta can you see whale sharks at the Georgia Aquarium, the world’s second largest aquarium, and taste every variety of Coca-Cola at The World of Coca-Cola.  Centennial Olympic Park offers the city a 21-acre public park that hosts millions of visitors a year and several events, including a summer popular music concert series and an annual Independence Day concert and fireworks display. Downtown Atlanta is currently undergoing  a transformation with new  condos and lofts, a renovation of historic buildings and is attracting many new residents as a  great place to live, work and play.

Grant Park

Population: 28,000, HHI is under 50,000.

Grant Park is a residential district, known for its Victorian mansions and Craftsman bungalows.  Grant Park itself is a 131-acre green space and recreational area and is the fourth-largest park in the city. Surrounding the showstopper park is walking trails and Zoo Atlanta, which attracts millions of visitors per year. The vibrant community just south of Oakland Cemetery has many festivals, their own farmers market and many dining options. The Grant Park Neighborhood Association represents local residents.

 

Inman Park

0.547 square miles, Population: 2,928; MHHI $70,000

Curved streets, large residential lots and verdant parks characterize Inman Park. Established at the start of the 20th century, the community was built upon the land of Atlanta’s Civil War battlefield, two miles east of Downtown.  It was Atlanta’s first planned residential suburb and also Atlanta’s first electric trolley neighborhood. Restoration and preservation of the Victorian houses began in the 1970’s and in 1973 the entire neighborhood was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The historic appearance of the district is regulated by the City of Atlanta.

 

Little Five Points

0.164 square miles, Population: 874;MHHI $75,000

The hippie hood of Little Five Points is characterized by street art, apparel shops, eateries, smoke shops, clothing bazaars, tattoo parlors, a natural food co-op, an indie radio station, independent bookstores, pubs, and last but not least, a 30-foot-tall skull. As a neighborhood, Little Five Points is one of Atlanta’s most walkable neighborhoods, a place to stroll and people watch.

 

Midtown

1.470 square miles, Population: 10,474;MHHI $73,000

Midtown is defined by a concentration of  businesses,  residences, hotels, restaurants, cultural, retail destinations, greenspaces, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks and safe streets. They have a master plan, Blueprint Midtown, and serves as a national model for urban excellence and recently made American Planning Association’s (APA) list of Great Places in America. One of Atlanta’s hottest residential markets, Midtown has 150+ restaurants and shops. Midtown residents often get active at Piedmont Park and the  Atlanta BeltLine Eastside trail.

 

Old Fourth Ward

0.690 square miles; Population: 6,442; MHHI $69,000

Recognized as one of the hottest neighborhoods in America and the 9th best in America, Old Fourth Ward benefits from the Eastside Beltline Trail, the Ponce City Market, and their own Old Fourth Ward Park. It consists of single family residential units and is one of the oldest residential areas in the City.

 

Poncey-Highland

0.455 square miles, Population: 2,666;MHHI $81,000

Named after its location near the intersection of Ponce de Leon Avenue and North Highland Avenue, Poncey-Highland  is home to the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Manuel’s Tavern, a local political hangout and one of Atlanta’s oldest taverns. The Carter Center serves as a nonprofit to address democracy building, conflict resolution, human rights, mental health, among many others.

 

Virginia-Highland

2.130 square miles, Population: 14,022; MHHI $110,000

The chic neighborhood of Virginia-Highland near Midtown boasts beautiful 1920s and1930s homes and feels like a small town within the heart of the city. Many of Atlanta’s top restaurants and bars are located along tree-lined Highland Avenue, rivaling other top Atlanta neighborhoods for evening activities.  Friendly, charming vibe with restaurants, bars, trend-setting apparel, local and global art and decor, whimsical and modern decorative accessories, natural linens, gourmet food, and interesting specialty stores can be found within walking distance of Piedmont Park.

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History of South Fulton

During the historic era, the Creek and the Cherokee lived in what is now Fulton County. Their boundary, along the Chattahoochee River, was a cause of dispute. The Creeks, a confederation of tribes which had occupied most of Georgia from 1715 to 1821, lost their territory through a series of treaties. The Creek Red Stick group advocated for war against Europeans and Americans to preserve their culture. When other Creek tribes opposed this idea, the Creek Wars resulted.

The Hillabee tribe of the Creeks moved into the Chattahoochee River basin to avoid involvement with the Red Stick uprising. Their occupation in what is now Fulton County lasted from 1814 to 1821. The two major Creek towns along the Chattahoochee River were Standing Peachtree, located at confluence of Peachtree Creek and the Chattahoochee River, and Sandtown, located south of Utoy Springs, near Buzzards Roost (Sulecauga), an island in the Chattahoochee. Sandtown was occupied by Creeks who had moved, after the Creek War of 1813-1814, from the town of Oktahasasi (Sandtown) on the Tallapoosa River, on the Georgia-Alabama border. Both towns were trading centers between the Creek, Cherokee and the white settlers. Several Indian trading routes crossed through Fulton County. The Sandtown trail ran from the Hightower trail, crossed Buzzard Roost island in the Chattahoochee, and then continued west. The discovery of gold in north Georgia and the need for new lands, led the federal and state governments to negotiate treaties with the Creeks and Cherokees for their lands. The land that is now Fulton County became part of the state of Georgia under several different treaties between the United States and the Creek and Cherokee Nations.

The 1825 Treaty at Indian Springs was negotiated by James Meriwether and Duncan Campbell, as commissioners for the US, with Chief McIntosh. In this treaty, the Creeks ceded all of the land between the Flint River and the treaty line to the east and the Alabama state line to the west and the Chattahoochee river. Out of this land Carroll and Coweta Counties were created. Campbell County was later settled on this land.

Source: Fulton County Department of Environment & Community Development

Old Campbell County

Much of South Fulton consists of the former Campbell County, which joined with Fulton County and Milton County on January 1, 1932 to create Fulton County’s current borders.

Campbell County was created on Dec. 20, 1828 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly (Ga. Laws 1828, p. 56) from portions of Carroll, Coweta, DeKalb, and Fayette counties.

The new county was named for Col. Douglas Campbell, who negotiated with the Creek Nation for the Treaty of Indian Springs. The lands ceded by the Creeks included those that later became Campbell County.

The original Campbell County seat, a settlement known as Campbellton, was situated on the banks of the Chatthoochee River. The Atlanta & LaGrange Railroad bypassed Campbellton and went through a town called Barryville instead. Barryville later became Fairburn and was eventually named the seat of Campbell County. It remained so until Campbell County was merged with Fulton County during the Great Depression.

The Old Campbell County Courthouse still stands in Fairburn. The brick structure, completed in 1872, was the County’s third courthouse. Two older facilities were built in the town of Campbellton, but were later abandoned.

According to the 1930 Census, the last taken before its merger with Fulton County, Campbell County had a population of 9,903, which is smaller than the town of Fairburn today.

Source: Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia

Aviation

South Fulton is the home of Hartsfiled-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. In1909, prior to becoming an airport, it was a large oval track for auto racing named Candler Field, after Asa Candler, the founder of Coca-Cola. By 1923 the racetrack was abandoned. The newly elected alderman, William B. Hartsfield was assigned the task of finding a place to build a new airport proposed by Mayor Walter Sims. The 287-acre Candler Field was perfect. In 1925 the city leases Candler Field, rent free for five years, for air mail service then being given out by the United States Postal Service.

On September 15, 1926, Atlanta aviation history was made when the first air mail flight took off from the city. Passenger service from Atlanta was inaugurated on October 15, 1930 with service to Dallas and Los Angeles by American Airlines. On December 10th a flight to New York was added and on January 1, 1931 service to Florida began.

According to the Geneva-based Airports Council International, the William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport is now (1999) the busiest airport in the world.

Georgia Facts

That President Franklin Delano Roosevelt traveled along what is now Roosevelt Highway on his way between Atlanta and his home in Warm Spring.

Common crops in what is now South Fulton included cotton, watermelons, corn, apples, peaches, wheat, oats, barley and rye.

The Palmetto Cotton Mills was one of the largest employers in Palmetto, and operated from 1880 until 1950.

Fairburn had telephone service in 1905, and electric service starting in 1912.

Almost all of South Fulton had electricity by the 1940s, and running water and telephone service in the 1950s.

In 1941, paved roads in South Fulton included Campbellton Road, Stonewall-Tell Road, Rivertown Road, Roosevelt Hwy. (formerly Jefferson Davis Hwy.), Old National Hwy., Welcome All and part of Hutcheson Ferry Road.

Prior to the construction of railroads and bridges in South Fulton, eleven ferries operated along Campbellton-Redwine Road, including Widow Varner, Campbellton and Pumpkinton ferries.

The site of Cochran Mill Park was used by B.W. Cochran in 1909 to operate Palmetto’s first electric light system (the mill belonged to his father).

Fairburn once operated its own 10-mile streetcar line from 1911 to 1927, connecting residents between Fairburn and College Park with the Atlanta Railway and Electric Co.

Source: Fulton County Department of Environment & Community Development

Political Boundaries

Fulton County was created from the western half of DeKalb County in 1853. This occurred when, during the 1840s, that county’s seat of Decatur refused to allow a railroad terminal to be built due to noise concerns. A new point was selected a few miles west, and was later incorporated as Terminus. The town was renamed twice; first as Marthasville, and finally as Atlanta.

The name is often assumed to be in honor of inventor Robert Fulton, who (among many other inventions) built a steamboat in 1807. This assumption is likely because this steam engine was the predecessor to the steam locomotives which built Atlanta. However, some research now indicates that it may have been in honor of Hamilton Fulton, a surveyor for the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Nonetheless the County itself claims to be named after Robert Fulton.

At the beginning of 1932, Milton County to the north and Campbell County to the southwest became part of Fulton County, to save money during the Great Depression. This gave the county its current awkward and long shape along 70 miles or 113 kilometers of the Chattahoochee River.

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Gwinnet County

One of the nation’s fastest growing counties, Gwinnett offers residents the best of both worlds, with close access to Atlanta and the modern infrastructure of suburbia.  As of 2018, the population is estimated to be 927,781, making it the second-most populous county in Georgia. With communities that combine vision and heritage with Southern charm, this growing county has a wealth of opportunities for all.

                  Parks and recreation abound in Gwinnett, with the Gwinnett Parks Foundation actively protecting and maintaining the beauty of the 50 parks in the county. A detailed guide of amenities at each park can be found at gwinnettcounty.com under Parks and Recreation. A wide variety of services and facilities, from fishing lakes, golf courses, dog parks and equestrian trails to mountain bike trails, indoor and outdoor pools, roller rinks and even sand volleyball courts can be found throughout the county.

                  In Gwinnett, you seldom have to leave the county to quench a thirst for arts and entertainment, even with the city of Atlanta a short drive away. Infinite Energy Center’s 90-acre lakefront campus can accommodate a variety of events such as concerts, performances, meetings, trade shows, conventions, banquets and celebrations. The multipurpose campus includes a 13,000-seat arena (The Arena at Infinite Energy Center), a 708-seat theater (Infinite Energy Theater), a 50,000-square-foot exhibit hall, and a 21,600-square-foot grand ballroom (Infinite Energy Forum). The campus is operated by the Gwinnett Convention and Visitors Bureau. Visit www.InfiniteEnergyCenter.com for a list of events.

                  The Jacqueline Casey Hudgens Center for the Arts offers boasts an award-winning sculpture garden, the Children’s Art Museum at the Hudgens, 2,800 square feet of enclosed outdoor space and lovely art galleries to make the perfect backdrop for a special day. The Gwinnett History Museum and Lawrenceville Female Seminary offers historical artifacts and is on the National Register for Historic Places.

                  Sports of all kinds can be found in the county, from rock climbing and ice skating to major sporting events at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Home to two of Atlanta’s premier minor league teams, residents of Gwinnett and nearby counties cheer loud for the Gwinnett Stripers, an affiliate of the Atlanta Braves, and the Gwinnett Gladiators, the ECHL minor league hockey team. The county has no shortage of locations to play tennis and other racquet sports, in addition to a wide variety of other sports facilities.

                  Schooling options abound in Gwinnett. Gwinnett County Public Schools, consistently ranked among the highest in the country, is the largest school system in Georgia, with 141 schools and an estimated enrollment of 180,324 students for the 2018-2019 year. Georgia Gwinnett College, DeVry University Keller Graduate School of Management, Gwinnett Technical College and the Gwinnett campus of the University of Georgia all call Gwinnett County home.

                  The downtown square motif is prominent in Gwinnett, where Suwanee, Norcross, Buford, Duluth, Peachtree Corners and Lawrenceville offer great dining, live music, local shops and fun events year-round. Vibrant downtown and community projects such as Suwanee’s PlayTown and Community Garden instill a sense of family friendliness. Art galleries, studios, shops and restaurants in the restored Tannery Row Artist Colony in historic Buford are alive with the talents of pottery, acrylic, glass and woodworking artists.  For outdoor enthusiasts, greenspace and bikeways abound in Duluth, where events like the Duluth Fall Festival draw people from all over the country to the Town Green.

                  Business is big in Gwinnett. There are approximately 475,000 jobs in Gwinnett County, including more than 47,000 at these 10 major employers: Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett County Government, Gwinnett Health Care System, Publix, Walmart, State of Georgia, Kroger, U.S. Postal Service, Primerica and NCR. The film industry is growing exponentially in Gwinnett; dozens of recent movies (such as the Hunger Games series and Fast and Furious 7) and TV shows (including Brockmire and Good Girls) were shot at Gwinnett locations.

                  The Atlanta metro area is also consistently ranked as one of the best cities for recent graduates, women in business, small businesses and more, making Gwinnett a great place for young, educated career starters looking for good opportunities for friendships, fun and success.

 

 

The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce strives to be the forum where business, government (county and cities working together), education, healthcare, arts/culture/entertainment, and the philanthropic and public service communities come together to advance the region’s economy and enhance the quality of life for the Gwinnett community. In Gwinnett, these sectors work in harmony to ensure progress and prosperity. The county’s numerous assets continue to propel it forward.

Discover Gwinnett, and see for yourself how it fulfills its slogan: “Vibrantly Connected.”

Auburn • cityofauburn-ga.org  (770) 963-4002 • Pop. 7,000

Auburn is a relatively small community that strives to focus on the individual residents while it expands progressively. The city has a good school system, medical offices, a veterinary office, multiple active service organizations, a public library system, a museum, and excellent police and fire departments. James Shackelford Memorial Park is a beautiful recreation area with the Appalachee River and Sandy Creek running alongside it. The park offers a camping area, walking trails, and several pavilions. The J.D. Withers building provides the perfect venue for small events.

 

Berkeley Lake • berkeley-lake.com  (770) 368-9484 • Pop. 2,100

Developed in the late 1940s, Berkeley Lake’s 700-acre lake properties were primarily used as summer retreats. As permanent residents moved in, area leaders sought to protect and control development, and the city was incorporated in 1956. Strict ordinances and zoning have kept the integrity and intent of the area intact. Berkeley Lake has been designated a Tree City USA for the past two decades.

 

Braselton •  braselton.net  (706) 654-3915 •  Pop. 10,947

The world-class Chateau Elan Winery and Resort is a major attraction in Braselton — more than half a million visitors flock to the winery each year and enjoy the Chateau Elan golf and residential community. Easy access to I-85 makes the area a great attraction for employment, and it also provides residents with many entertainment opportunities. Some of the corporate businesses in the region are PetCo, Tractor Supply, SafeLite, Whole Foods, Home Depot, Dayton Superior and Haverty Furniture’s Southeast Distribution Center.

 

Buford • cityofbuford.com  (770) 945-6761 • Pop. 15,189

Originally a railway depot between Atlanta and Charlotte, the present-day city of Buford represents far more than just a rail stop. The Buford Dam is a major source of power for the state, and Lake Lanier Islands is recognized as a premier recreational development in the Southeast. The friendliness of this small town welcomes new residents and weekend visitors perusing the many shops, restaurants, and galleries along Main Street Buford. The Mall of Georgia in Buford is the largest enclosed shopping mall in Georgia and attracts visitors from all over the state and Southeast. Recreational opportunities are abundant in the area, including swimming, skiing, camping, boating, fishing and hiking. More than 10 universities are located within a 50-mile radius, and an independent city school system controls elementary, middle and high schools.

 

Dacula • daculaga.gov  (770) 963-7451 • Pop. 6,190 

Those wanting small-town living with big-city access are finding that Dacula offers the perfect opportunity. Explosive growth along the Highway 316 corridor has led many new residents to the area, while regional air services at Briscoe Field provides additional transportation options for the busy executive.  Dacula is inclusive community where businesses thrive and residents enjoy world-class schools, opportunities for life-long learning, a vibrant economy, diverse partnerships and a superior quality of life.

 

Duluth • duluthga.net    (770)-476-3434  Pop. 29,463

A culturally diverse and vibrant community, Duluth is a place where families and businesses can thrive. Now the third largest city in Gwinnett County, it offers everything to truly capture the spirit of good living. With sidewalks and bikeways that connect all areas of the city, celebrations such as the Barefoot in the Park Fine Arts Festival, Duluth Fall Festival, concerts, dining delights, and multiple entertainment and shopping venues, Duluth is a prosperous community with small-town sensibilities. Designated a Tree City USA, Duluth’s residents and leaders work constantly to develop and preserve the area’s green spaces and expand its many parks. With easy access to Atlanta, Duluth offers the best of big-city amenities and small-town ambiance. It was named a Top 10 City for Best American Values by NewsMax magazine.

 

Grayson • cityofgrayson.org  (770) 963-8017 • Pop. 4,195

A growing area of the county, the city of Grayson has numerous city parks and an annual Grayson Day festival. Grayson is a vibrant “live, work and play” community close enough to the big city for easy access but far enough to experience personalized hometown living. With excellent schools, sports programs, parks, restaurants and shopping Grayson is a popular destination for families. Tribble Mill Park provides Grayson residents with 700 acres of recreation, including two lakes, trails, biking, fishing and horseback riding. The Grayson Arts and History Center preserves the history of the city, showcases local artists’ work, and holds many cultural events throughout the year.

 

Lawrenceville • lawrencevillega.org  (770) 963-2414 • Pop. 29,795

Incorporated on December 15, 1821, Lawrenceville is the county seat and second oldest city in Greater Atlanta. The city’s elected officials and employees continually work together to enhance this vibrant and thriving municipality, which is currently undergoing a resurgence of growth. Developments and improvements include the College Corridor, the cultural arts facility, the South Lawn project, the Lawrenceville Housing Authority project and the City View project.  Historic Downtown Lawrenceville offers a walkable array of sightseeing, shopping, dining and entertainment venues that appeal to all ages. The Lawrenceville Lawn, a city park, is undergoing a full renovation that will add a permanent amphitheater, arbor shades for tables and additional public parking; the project is scheduled for completion in late summer 2020.

 

Lilburn • cityoflilburn.com  (770) 921-2210 • Pop. 12,700

Lilburn is a quaint and friendly “small-town” city with a multicultural flair. It is home to a 32,000-square-foot Hindu temple built in 2007. The main route of transportation in the area is Highway 29, and the railroad also travels through the Old Town area of the city. A greenway was recently built in the heart of town and is always a popular spot for walking and biking. Lilburn is 25 miles from downtown Atlanta. Money Magazine ranked it No. 5 on the “Best Affordable Places to Live in America.”

 

Norcross • norcrossga.net   (770) 448-2122 • Pop. 16,845

Gwinnett’s second oldest city, Norcross was incorporated in 1870. Preserving the city’s charm and downtown district are priorities for citizens wishing to share the architecture and atmosphere with generations to come. The 112-acre Historic District is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Convenience to metro Atlanta and award-winning schools have kept families coming to the area. The city prides itself in its strong community atmosphere and family values. Many early craftsman cottages have been restored and offer a warm sense of escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

 

Peachtree Corners • cityofpeachtreecornersga.com   

(678) 691-1200 • Pop. 43,258

Situated in one of the fastest growing counties in Georgia, Peachtree Corners is conveniently located to major highways, I-85, I-285 and GA 400 and just 30 minutes northeast of Atlanta. The city was incorporated in 2012. Its roots began in the late 1960s as a dream of businessman Paul Duke, who pitched the idea of creating Peachtree Corners, a planned community to be built in the area once known as Pinckneyville. Duke’s dream included Technology Park Atlanta, a campus of low-rise buildings for high technology industries. Today, Technology Park is home to Fortune 500 businesses and continues to attract high-tech companies drawing top-tiered engineering talent from around the country. The Chattahoochee River flows in close proximity to many beautiful neighborhoods and parks.  Canoeing, hiking, swimming, and biking are everyday activities as temperatures are moderate most of the year. The Forum, a sought-out destination for dining and shopping, is located in the heart of Peachtree Corners.

 

Snellville • snellville.org   (770) 985-3500 • Pop. 19,738

Snellville is city of friendly Southern charm on the eastern edge of Atlanta with an award-winning farmers market and easy access to the airport. Distinctly located in southern Gwinnett’s shopping district on Scenic Highway, the city offers numerous restaurants, shops, churches, cultural events, schools and recreational opportunities. Founded by two young London immigrants who started the Snell Store in the early 1880s, Snellville is known for its entrepreneurial mindset. The city is moving forward with a planned 18-acre development called The Grove at Towne Center, which will serve as a new central hub for the city and includes apartments, public library, restaurants and a greenway.

 

Sugar Hill • cityofsugarhill.com (770) 945-6716 • Pop. 23,180

Sugar Hill has an impressive downtown with a stately City Hall, an award-winning outdoor amphitheater called The Bowl, and the brand new ECenter, a 150,000 square-foot mixed-use facility providing a place for residents and visitors to Exercise, Eat and be Entertained. The project sits right in the heart of Sugar Hill central business district, overlooking the Bowl concert venue as well as on the city’s main street, West Broad.  Phase I of the Sugar Hill Greenway, an 11.5 greenway around the city with approximately 16.5 miles of trail, has been completed and is a paved path shared by pedestrians, bicyclists, wheelchair users, joggers and other non-motorized users. Once complete, the trail will be 12 feet wide and will connect downtown Sugar Hill to city and county parks, neighborhoods and its golf course. Residents and guests alike can share photos and stories of their love of the city on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #InMySweetCity.

Suwanee • suwanee.com  (770) 945-8996 • Pop. 19,549

Award-winning Suwanee is a friendly, progressive community committed to maintaining a high quality of life for its residents. The Suwanee community is considered one of the most desirable places to live in the Atlanta region; it has been named by several national publications (Money, Family Circle, Kiplinger.com) as one of the best places to live and raise families, and was named Georgia’s eCity by Google. Suwanee is well known for its distinctive parks, crowd-pleasing events, and high-quality mixed-use developments. Like many Gwinnett County communities, Suwanee began as a small agricultural town with strong ties to the railroad. Today, the City works hard to retain its charm and sense of neighborliness and to manage growth in smart, innovative ways. Suwanee offers a variety of housing options that fit an array of lifestyles. Its youngest citizens are served by the Gwinnett County Schools System, the largest public school system in Georgia and largely regarded as the finest. Suwanee boasts 600+ acres of parkland and many miles of walking and biking trails. The vibrant Town Center is an attractive community “front yard” where residents and visitors gather for events, to shop and eat, or simply to relax and play.

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Union County

Located in northeast Georgia at the southern tip of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Union County shares its Northern Border with North Carolina. Known for its natural beauty, Union County is the perfect place for the outdoorsmen looking to fish, hike, climb, horseback or camp. With a population of just over 17,000, the quaint antebellum town of Blairsville is the county’s only established community.

History

In 1832 the state legislature created Union County from Cherokee County, not in support of the North in the Civil War (as is sometimes thought) but by the desire to mine gold. However, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the county’s memorial to its Civil War veterans may be the only one in the South that specifically recognizes Union soldiers and American Indians who fought white settlement.

County Seat – Blairsville
County Population -21,356
Median Home Price – $183,600
Municipalities -Blairsville

COUNTY OFFICES
Main Contact Information
www.unioncounty.georgia.gov
(706) 439-6000

Animal Control
(706) 439-6066

Driver’s License/Car Registration
(706) 439-6017

Fire & Rescue, Station 1
(706) 439-6095

Judge, Superior Court, Cths.
(706) 439-6100

Magistrate Judge
(706) 439-6008

Tags – Titles
(706) 439-6017

Tax Appraiser
(706) 439-6011

Tax Commissioner
(706) 439-6014

MUNICIPALITLITES
City of Blairsville
www.blairsvillechamber.com
(706) 745-2000

UTILITIES
Electricity
Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation
www.brmemc.com
(706) 379-3121

Gas Companies
Georgia Natural Gas Co.
www.gasgeorgia.com
1 (877) 530 2468

Heritage Propane
www.heritagepropane.com
(706) 745-2181

Recycling
Transfer and Recycle Station
www.unioncountyga.gov
(706) 439-6102

Cable Television
Windstream Communications
www.windstream.com
(706) 745-6911

EDUCATION
Public Schools
www.ucschools.org
(706) 745-2322

HOSPITALS
Union General Hospital
www.uniongeneralhospital.com
(706) 745-2111

All Emergencies
911

LIBRARIES
Union County Public Library
www.librarytechnology.org
(706) 745-7491

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Towns County

Bordering the southwestern tip of North Carolina and just minutes from Tennessee, Towns County is within a convenient driving distance of major cities like Chattanooga, Nashville, and Atlanta. Towns County has two small towns, Hiawassee and Young Harris located in amidst the scenic Blue Ridge Mountains which are a forefront to the Appalachian Trail. Towns County also boasts Georgia’s tallest mountain, Brasstown Bald standing at 4,784 feet.

County Seat – Hiawassee
County Population – 10,894
Median Home Price – $198,200
Municipalities – Hiawassee and Young Harris

COUNTY OFFICES
Main Contact Information
(706) 896-2276
www.townscounty.georgia.gov
www.mountaintopga.com

Animal Control
(706) 896-6116

Planning and Zoning
(706) 896-0938

Sheriff’s Office
(706) 896-4444

MUNICIPALITIES
Hiawassee
www.mountaintopga.com
(800) 984-1543

Young Harris
www.mountaintopga.com
(800) 984-1543

UTILITIES
Electricity
Blue Ridge Mountain EMC
www.brmemc.com
(706) 379-3121

Georgia Power Company
www.georgiapower.com
1-888-660-5890

Gas Companies
Suburban Propane
www.suburbanpropane.com
(706) 896-1324

Cable Television
Windstream Communications, Inc.
www.windstream.com
(706) 781-3717
(706) 896-2500

EDUCATION
Public Schools
www.towns.k12.ga.us
(706) 896-2279

HOSPITALS
Chatuge Regional Hospital and Nursing Home
www.chatugeregionalhospital.org
(706) 896-2222

Northeast Georgia Medical Center & Health System
www.nghs.com
(770) 535-3553

All Emergencies
911

LIBRARIES
Mountain Regional Library
www.mountainregionallibrary.org
(706) 379-3732

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