Category: Fulton

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


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.


Fulton County
(404) 730-4000

Strategically located in the heart of Metro Atlanta; connected by 4 major interstates and MARTA, the region’s only transit rail system; Fulton County is the state’s largest county in terms of population, real estate and economic activity. With 15 unique cities, including the great City of Atlanta; the State Capitol and major attractions; Fulton County is the political and lifestyle epicenter for Georgia and the Southeast. Living in Fulton County offers easy access to the region’s best, from arts and culture events, to premiere sports and entertainment facilities, to a wide variety of local and international cuisine and shopping. Visit the nationally recognized Atlanta Beltline; the new home of the Atlanta Falcons, Mercedes-Benz Stadium; Alpharetta’s luxury lifestyle center, Avalon; and Fulton’s many vibrant downtown main streets from Roswell to College Park. Outside of Atlanta, Fulton County provides high-quality living experiences with a more suburban feel and a wide range of single and multifamily residential options. Recreational choices are abundant, with thousands of acres of parks and green space. From north to south, Fulton County is a community that offers a little bit of everything, no matter your lifestyle preference.


North Fulton County, Your New Home

Welcome Home!

At more than 534 square miles, Fulton County is one of the largest counties in Georgia; it is more than 70 miles from end to end. As the home of Atlanta and many other municipalities, Fulton is also the most populous county in the state, with close to one million residents. Because the county is so large, it has evolved into three distinct areas and identities: South Fulton, the City of Atlanta, and the communities of North Fulton. It is a place rich in history, culture and entertainment, a leader in business and education and a great place for people of all ages to call home.

The history of Fulton County spans more than 160 years. North Fulton was inhabited primarily by Cherokee and Creek Indians, who referred to the area as the “enchanted lands” before the land was ceded to the state in the early 1820s. The population soon began to grow, as people from the nearby states began to settle in the area. Many were of English, Scottish and Irish heritage. In 1853, the western half of DeKalb County was renamed Fulton County. Debate continues over whether the county was named after Robert Fulton, the inventor of the steamboat, or Hamilton Fulton, a surveyor for the local Western and Atlantic Railroad. The county grew even more in 1932 when it absorbed neighboring Campbell and Milton counties as a way to save those counties from bankruptcy during the Great Depression.

Like many parts of Georgia, Fulton County played an important role in the Civil War, as part of Gen. Sherman’s route from Chattanooga to Atlanta. The North Fulton city of Roswell had a cotton mill—the hub of the area’s antebellum economy—that was burned by Union troops in 1864. Despite the ravages of war, Roswell still boasts more historical pre-Civil War buildings than anywhere else in north Georgia. Barrington Hall and Bulloch Hall have both been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since the early 1970s.

After the war ended, the entire area began to rebuild, and industry replaced farming as the primary economic engine. The City of Atlanta is now home to many Fortune 500 companies, including Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Turner Broadcasting System. In North Fulton, the recent incorporations of Johns Creek and Sandy Springs have helped forge a new identity for that part of the county. Since the middle of the 20th century, North Fulton has been building a reputation for being a business-friendly and tech-savvy community. Sandy Springs has been the headquarters for UPS since the early 1990s and the office parks of Alpharetta and Johns Creek house many up-and-coming technology firms.

Only in North Fulton

Photo courtesy of Alpharetta CVB

Fulton County boasts a temperate climate, with hot summers and cool— but not too cold—winters. Dogwoods, Bradford pears and azaleas burst into bloom in the spring and stay lush and green throughout the summer months. Autumn in the area is marked by bright oranges and reds in the trees.

In the 1960s and 1970s, the population of North Fulton exploded, as more and more people left the city for the suburbs, and it has been steadily growing ever since. Now with a population of nearly 350,000, the communities of North Fulton wield considerable influence in the metro area. They are known throughout the metro area as home to great schools and a high quality of life.Read More...

Many North Fulton residents have college degrees or higher, which helps to drive up the median household income to about  $90,000, compared to about $50,000 for the county as a whole.

Education is a priority in North Fulton. Of the 106 schools and learning centers run by the Fulton County school system, more than 60 of them are located in North Fulton. These public schools consistently rank high in both state and national statistics on everything from AP test scores to scholarship money earned. Students who want to stay local have plenty of options when it comes to institutes of higher learning, with satellite campuses for schools like Georgia State University, Georgia Perimeter College and Gwinnett Technical College scattered throughout the county.

Although only about 20 miles from downtown Atlanta, the communities of North Fulton have a vibe all their own. The area’s five incorporated cities—Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Roswell and Sandy Springs— strike a solid balance between honoring and preserving their history and welcoming innovation and change. Many of North Fulton’s municipalities, including Roswell, have old-fashioned town squares that host a variety of concerts, parades, festivals, farmers markets and other events throughout the year.

In addition to their small-town sensibilities, many of North Fulton’s cities have been recognized for their efforts in everything from keeping residents healthy to operating strong family businesses. When it comes to quality of life, the communities of North Fulton come out on top. The Atlanta Business Chronicle named the city of Milton as having the best quality of life in the metro area in 2011. Since 2003, the North Fulton Community Improvement District, which includes the cities of Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton, has invested more than $16 million in the community providing, for example, pedestrian access along major roads.

For many people who are relocating to the area, health care is a big concern, particularly for baby boomers who are retired or thinking about retirement. According to, the number of Americans nationwide 65 or older will nearly double between now and 2030, and the share of the population that is 85 and older will increase by 52 percent. Fortunately, North Fulton is home many of the metro area’s top-notch hospitals, including the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Northside Hospital and Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital.

No matter their age, North Fulton residents know how to have fun, and the area’s many entertainment venues draw visitors from all over metro Atlanta. World-class performing arts venues like the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park provide access to some of the region’s best musical performances.

In addition to these venues, North Fulton has some unique geographical features that make it stand out from other parts of the metro area. Residents can run or bike along dozens of trails and parks in the county. In the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, there are 48 unspoiled miles of waterway available for rafting, canoeing, kayaking or riding in a motor boat. Wildlife such as blue herons make their homes along the river banks, providing perfect opportunities for bird watching, and fishermen enjoy casting their lines in the hope that trout, bass and catfish will bite.

Photo courtesy of Johns Creek

Like many other parts of the Atlanta area, North Fulton County has myriad restaurants to satisfy every type of craving, with outposts of nearly every major chain restaurant as well as unique local fare. Diners can enjoy everything from classic Southern cooking at downtown Roswell Greenwood’s Restaurant to sophisticated European fare at Cibo e Beve. The burgeoning immigrant population in North Fulton means that cuisine from every corner of the world is also easy to find.

While the Atlanta housing market took a hit during the recent economic downturn, the suburban real estate market has bounced back to healthy levels in the past year. Housing options in North Fulton run the gamut from newly constructed single-family homes to condos in historic areas and apartments near the local colleges and universities. Prices are historically lower here than within the Atlanta city limits, so buyers can get more for their money.

Business, culture, education, green space, town squares, easy access to the city of Atlanta—North Fulton County truly has it all. Residents enjoy a high quality of life and make the most of the area’s geography, history, and recreational opportunities. As a place that is both in touch with its history and looking forward to the future, North Fulton has much to offer families, young professionals and retirees alike.



Getting Around

Photo courtesy of Sandy Springs

The communities of North Fulton are easily accessible via Interstate 285 and Georgia 400, which means commuters can easily travel to and from downtown Atlanta, as well as to some of the other outlying counties. As of November 2013, drivers on Georgia 400 no longer have to pay a toll, making it a quick and easy way to get from Buckhead to North Fulton. The Perimeter area has quickly become one of the area’s busiest business hubs, making it easy for commuters all over the area to get to work. In addition to its road systems, the county also has two other unique transportation options for residents.

(Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)

While most of MARTA’s stops are within the boundaries of the city of Atlanta, North Fulton also benefits from this bus and rail system. The Medical Center, Sandy Springs and North Springs rail stations help commuters access some of the largest businesses in the area, like Perimeter Mall and Northside Hospital.

(Georgia Regional Transportation Authority)

GRTA was formed by former Gov. Roy Barnes to help address crosscommunity transportation issues. The authority now operates 13 different Xpress bus routes that service 12 of the metro area’s counties. These routes accommodate more than 2 million passenger trips each year and provide access to some of the area’s major employment centers.


 Welcome to North Fulton!

From the North Fulton County Chamber

President & CEO Brandon Beach

President & CEO Brandon Beach

Within the Metro Atlanta community, North Fulton is known as the ‘Golden Corridor’ thanks in large part to the vision and leadership of this Chamber. Many of the successes North Fulton has seen over the last 40 years can be directly attributed to the forward-thinking and innovative leaders of this organization. Their hard work and dedication have positioned the GNFCC to be the catalyst for economic development, business growth and quality of life in North Fulton. This remains our mission today.

This year’s leadership team has set its sights on even greater accomplishments. The 2014 GNFCC Board, along with our professional staff and numerous volunteer-led committees, has established valuable community partnerships and leveraged the resources that will:

  • Strengthen North Fulton’s economic development opportunities through Progress Partners.
  • Capitalize on the investment in our infrastructure with the help of the North Fulton Community Improvement District.
  • Expand our medical resources by collaborating with the hospitals, healthcare providers and technology companies inside our footprint on healthcare initiatives.
  • Support the quality education that makes North Fulton such an attractive place to live.

It’s exciting to watch the growth of our six vibrant and distinct cities – Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell and Sandy Springs – and we continue to build on the unique opportunities that make North Fulton THE best place to live, work, play and stay. I encourage you to be a part of the excitement by actively participating in the GNFCC and in the community. The returns you’ll see on your investment will be worthwhile.

County Seat

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Median Home Price

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Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell, Sandy Springs




City of Alpharetta  |  (678) 297-6000 (More Info)

Like many cities in the metro area, Alpharetta sprang out of settlements that emerged after the Cherokee Indians were forcibly removed from Georgia in the 1830s. First known as the New Prospect Camp Ground, present-day Alpharetta is located near a natural spring that became a trading post for nearby settlers. Alpharetta was chartered in 1858 and until 1931 was the county seat of Milton County, which merged with Fulton County in order to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression. The city has changed a lot in the past 84 years. With an area of 21.4 square miles, it is one of the largest—and wealthiest—municipalities in North Fulton County. Known as “The Technology City of the South,” Alpharetta is home to countless office parks and IT centers. It is also a hub for many well- known businesses like ADP, LexisNexis, Comcast and E-Trade, among others. Alpharetta is a shopper’s paradise, with NorthPoint Mall and its surrounding neighborhoods housing many major retailers. Avalon, a new mixed-use development from North American Properties, which owns the Atlantic Station development in Midtown Atlanta, is now open with theaters, shopping and residences. With retailers like Whole Foods, J. Crew and Road Runner Sports confirmed and dining concepts from some of the area’s best chefs, the development is sure to up the ante on shopping and dining in the area. Festivals and musical performances abound both in the historic downtown area and at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park, the summer home of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.

Johns Creek   |  (678) 512-3200 (More Info)

One of the newer municipalities in North Fulton, Johns Creek was incorporated in 2006. It has quickly earned a reputation as a business-friendly and affluent community. While it shares similar history to many of the area’s other cities, first as a trading post in Cherokee Territory, then as a community in what used to be Milton County, Johns Creek has set itself apart. Initially conceived as a planned community and the second campus of a technology business park founded by two Georgia Tech graduates, the 1,700 acres of rural land soon grew to house more than 200 businesses and more than 11,000 people across 6 million square feet of office, retail and industrial space. Money magazine ranked the city the 13th highest-earning city in the U.S. It has a total population of more than 76,000 people, and its schools, which are part of the Fulton County system, are some of the best in the metro area. Johns Creek boasts three National Blue Ribbon Schools: Chattahoochee High School, River Trail Middle School and Dolvin Elementary. Additionally, Northview High School has been awarded the Governor’s Cup for earning the state’s highest SAT scores three times. In addition to a strong educational base, Johns Creek also has many cultural and entertainment options for both residents and visitors. It is home to five public golf facilities and one private one. The renowned Atlanta Athletic Club hosted the 2011 PGA Championship. Festivals, farmers markets and its location on the banks of the Chattahoochee River make Johns Creek a great place to live.

Milton   |  (678) 242-2500 (More Info)

Incorporated in 2006, the city of Milton is named after Revolutionary War hero John Milton. Milton also served as Georgia’s Secretary of State from 1777 until 1799. The city wasted no time in catching up with some of its neighbors and has already been recognized locally and nationally for its accomplishments. In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle ranked Milton as having the best quality of life in the metro area. The same year, Milton was awarded the No. 9 spot in the South for quality of life by The Business Journals. Metrics for this survey of more than 1,100 cities across the region included the percentage of workers who either walk to work or telecommute (13.4 percent), adults with advanced degrees (20.4 percent) and the homeownership rate (81 percent). Its population of more than 33,000 residents also boasts a median household income of about $99,000 per year. Milton also came in at No. 3 on home security firm SafeWise’s list of the 50 safest cities in Georgia. For recreation, Milton has partnered with Alpharetta for use of local parks. Business has also thrived in Milton. In 2013, the city founded its economic development department in an effort to meet goals set out in its strategic plan. Considering the strides the city has made in the eight years since its incorporation, the future looks bright for Milton and its residents.

City of Mountain Park (More Info)

Bordered on three sides by Roswell and extending into Cherokee County by less than 1,000 feet, Mountain Park, GA is the smallest of North Fulton’s cities with a total area of less than a square mile and a population of only 547. Incorporated in 1927, Mountain Park was originally a summer getaway for some of Atlanta’s more elite citizens, with only three families living as permanent residents including the mayor, who ran a small shop called “The Stand.” While it has grown since then, Mountain Park remains an idyllic change of pace for the Atlanta area. The city is zoned as a wildlife refuge, and many official clubs are dedicated to maintaining its unique natural beauty, including the Watershed Preservation Society, the Mountain Park Organic community garden project, and the Green and Beautiful Program. The Arbor Day Foundation, USDA Forest Service and Association of State Foresters recently awarded the city the distinction of Tree City USA, which recognizes urban and community forestry programs across the US. If you want the jobs of the Atlanta area but the peace and quiet of a lakeside cabin, Mountain Park is an ideal spot, but hurry– at the time of this writing, there are only 10 houses for sale!

City of Roswell  |  (770) 641-3727 (More Info)

Unlike many of North Fulton’s communities, Roswell was founded in the early 19th century. The city is named after its founder, Roswell King, who built what became the largest cotton mill in North Georgia. The city was officially incorporated in 1854. By the time the Civil War started, the cotton mill employed more than 400 people, many of whom were sent north when the mill was destroyed by Gen. Sherman’s troops. During the Great Depression, when much of the area’s agricultural industry was lagging, Roswell was ceded from Cobb County to become part of Fulton at the same time that neighboring Milton County was being absorbed by Fulton. Roswell is now the eighth largest city in Georgia with a population close to 90,000, after having experienced extensive growth over the past 20 years. Due to its outstanding quality of life, the city has twice been voted one of the best places in the metro area to live by Atlanta magazine. Additionally, Frommer’s ranked Roswell No. 3 on its list of the best places to raise a family. Part of that can be attributed to its 13 parks, which comprise more than 900 acres of active and passive green space. Residents also have access to the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, which is part of the National Park System. Roswell boasts a quaint downtown square full of eclectic shops and some of the metro area’s best restaurants.

City of Sandy Springs  |  (770) 730-5600 (More Info)

Located just outside the I-285 Perimeter and easily accessible via Georgia 400, Sandy Springs was incorporated in 2006 and now has a population of more than 94,000. While Perimeter Mall, one of the area’s premier shopping destinations, falls within the borders of the city of Dunwoody, the surrounding business district belongs to Sandy Springs. Northside Hospital, Saint Joseph’s Hospital and the Scottish Rite campus of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta also fall within Sandy Springs’ borders. These are also some of the largest employers in the city. Sandy Springs has the distinction of being the home of UPS, one of the world’s most recognizable brands. Recreation opportunities abound in Sandy Springs, which has 12 parks and several annual outdoor festivals and events. Heritage Sandy Springs, a nonprofit that seeks to preserve and promote the history of Sandy Springs, sponsors the annual Sandy Springs Festival and also runs Heritage Green, which includes the Williams-Payne House and Museum. Tennis magazine recently called The Sandy Springs Tennis Center, which has 24 lighted courts, “one of the finest public facilities in the country.” Over the past few years, Sandy Springs has implemented many projects to increase green space, make the city more pedestrian friendly and decrease dependence on fossil fuels. The Atlanta Regional Commission recently honored Sandy Springs for its efforts to use solar energy and propane auto gas for many of its fire stations and police vehicles.



Main Contact Information  |  (404) 730-4000

Animal Control  |  (404) 613-0358

Business License  |  (404) 612-3171

Fulton County Tax Commissioner, Arthur E. Ferdinand  |  (404) 730-6100

County Extension Office  |  (404) 613-7670

Driver’s License  |  (404) 657-9300

Planning and Zoning  |  (404) 612-8053

Tax Assessor  |  (404) 612-6440

Voter Registration  |  (404) 730-7072



DIAL 911

Fire and Emergency Services  |  (404) 612-5700
Police Department  |  (404) 613-5700


Georgia Power  |  (404) 506-6526

Greystone Power Corp  |  (770) 942-6576

Sawnee EMC  |  (770) 887-2363


Atlanta Gas Light  |  (404) 584-4000

Gas South  |  (877) 472-4932

Georgia Natural Gas Co.  |  (404) 685-4000

Infinite Energy Company  |  (877) 342-5434

SCANA Energy  |  (877) 476-2262

True Natural Gas  |  (877) 746 4362

Walton EMC Natural Gas  |  (770) 267-2505


Water & Sewer

Fulton County Water and Sewer Billing  |  (404) 730-6830


Merk Miles Transfer Station and Recycling Center  |  (404) 629-1700

Roswell Recycling Center  |  (770) 442-8822

Sandy Springs Recycling Center  |  (770) 551-7794


Cable Television

Comcast  |  1-866-922-0069

Fulton County Office of Broadcast and Cable  |  (404)-612-8394


AT&T  |  (404) 249-9052


Public Schools

Fulton County School System  |  (404) 768-3600


DeVry University (Alpharetta campus)  |  (770) 619-360

Gwinnett College (Sandy Springs campus)  |   (877) 527-3504

The Art Institute of Atlanta  |  (770) 394-8300

National Personal Training Institute (Johns Creek)  |   (800) 960-6294

Sanford-Brown College (Sandy Springs campus)  |  (770) 576-4498

Strayer University (Roswell campus)  |  (770) 650-3000


Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Children’s at Scottish Rite (Perimeter)  |  (404) 785-5252

Concentra  |  (678) 916-3600

Emory Johns Creek Hospital  |  (678) 474-7000

North Fulton Hospital  |  (770) 751-2500

Northside Hospital  |  (404) 851-8000

Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital of Atlanta  |  (678) 843-7001




North Fulton, your new hometown!

Welcome home!

With a county seat of Atlanta, Fulton County always has plenty to do and see. More than 90 percent of the city of Atlanta is in Fulton County, and North Fulton is known as the affluent part of the county. The cities of Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Roswell, Sandy Springs and most of Atlanta thrive under the umbrella of North Fulton, with the entire county encompassing 528.7 square miles. Each city in North Fulton has its own sense of community, providing a perfect mix of suburban, town square living and one of the fastest-growing state capitals in the country.

North Fulton is a powerhouse of economic development, aptly named the “Golden Corridor” of Atlanta. The broad spectrum of industries that call North Fulton home along the Georgia 400 corridor prove the county has much to offer. Consistently ranking as one of the fastest-growing areas in the country, its strong focus and support for businesses large and small, top-ranked schools and much more, North Fulton is one of the best places in the country to do business. The headquarters of three Fortune 500 companies — two in the top 10 of the metro Atlanta area — have found massive success in this county, where the business climate is renowned for its affordable and developable real estate and building sites, a diverse and educated workforce, easy access to Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport and a plethora of business services and benefits.

The arts are alive in North Fulton, with Fulton County Arts & Culture linking residents to exhibits, gallery openings and art centers year around. Johns Creek Arts Center and the Abernathy Arts Center offer a wealth of entertainment and culture to the county, while Atlanta itself is known as the arts capital of the Southeast. Music series, arts camps and boutiques, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and much more bring visitors from all over to support the strong arts culture in North Fulton.

From great parks and outdoor spaces, top-notch education systems and cultural centers, to a strong business climate for large or small businesses and a high quality of life, North Fulton has all you need to maximize your life in metro Atlanta.


Fulton County Information

Home to over 1 million residents, Fulton County provides all of the amenities needed and desired for the people who live there. The county offers education at exceptional schools and nationally renowned colleges, public transportation, exquisite dining, world-class entertainment and sports, and much more. Home buyers can find anything ranging from a loft downtown to a quiet family house in this county. With the attractions in the city of Atlanta close by residents of Fulton County will always be able to find something fun and exciting to do.

North Fulton

North Fulton provides high-quality living experiences with a more suburban feel with a wide range of single and multi-family residences options. Recreation choices are abundant with hundreds of acres of parks and green space. The area maintains world-class golf courses and tennis facilities. There is truly something for everyone.

Getting Around
The communities of North Fulton are easily accessible via Interstate 285 and Georgia 400, which means commuters can easily travel to and from downtown Atlanta, as well as to some of the other outlying counties. As of November 2013, drivers on Georgia 400 no longer have to pay a toll, making it a quick and easy way to get from Buckhead to North Fulton. The Perimeter area has quickly become one of the area’s busiest business hubs, making it easy for commuters all over the area to get to work. In addition to its road systems, the county also has two other unique transportation options for residents.

MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)
While most of MARTA’s stops are within the boundaries of the city of Atlanta, North Fulton also benefits from this bus and rail system. The Medical Center, Sandy Springs and North Springs rail stations help commuters access some of the largest businesses in the area, like Perimeter Mall and Northside Hospital.

GRTA (Georgia Regional Transportation Authority)
GRTA was formed by former Gov. Roy Barnes to help address cross-community transportation issues. The authority now operates 13 different Xpress bus routes that service 12 of the metro area’s counties. These routes accommodate more than 2 million passenger trips each year and provide access to some of the area’s major employment centers.

(678) 297-6000

Suburban communities in Fulton County also offer residents a variety of options. In North Fulton County, Alpharetta has an historic town square featuring antique, gift and flower shops as well as numerous restaurants. At the other end of the spectrum is Alpharetta’s Northpoint Mall with over 1.3 million square feet of retail, dining and entertainment experiences. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre offers residents of Alpharetta and its surrounding communities with entertainment of all sorts. The Amphitheatre has been awarded for being the Best New Major Concert Venue and the Best Major Outdoor Concert Venue. Wills Park has an excellent Equestrian Center for those who enjoy horseback riding.

(404) 330-6000

Since Atlanta’s beginnings as an end-of-the-line railroad town named Terminus, the city has been the South’s transportation hub. Today as home to one of the world’s busiest airports, Atlanta is a global hub connecting international centers of culture and commerce. The diversity of the city’s economy and population creates a dynamic environment that supports both thriving businesses and the establishment of new homes. Numerous in-town neighborhoods provide a full spectrum of choices. The city has many entertainment options such as the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta Cyclorama & Civil War Museum, Callanwolde Fine Arts Center, Carter Presidential Library and Museum, Zoo Atlanta, and much more. College and professional sports teams are abundant in Atlanta, and they attract loyal fans from all over the state. Numerous nationally-renowned higher education institutions are in the area. Overall, Atlanta has something to offer nearly every type of person.

College Park
(404) 767-1537

College Park is known as one of the “sister suburbs” along with East Point and is approximately 9 square miles. The area has been referred to as “one of the best places to call home” and has one of the largest urban historic districts in Georgia. Many colleges and universities are in the area, as well as the largest independent school in the nation: Woodward Academy. The city’s proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport makes it popular with those connected to the expanding aviation complex, as well as with Atlanta commuters who prefer a small hometown feel with easy access to big-city amenities. Originally known as Manchester and incorporated in 1895, College Park is also home to Cox College and more than 850 properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The town’s avenues and streets take their names from Ivy League colleges and influential College Park residents. Notable onetime College Park residents include rapper Ludacris, Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Cam Newton, and Atlanta Hawks’ ballplayer Josh Smith.

East Point
(404) 765-1014

East Point is known as one of the “sister suburbs” along with College Park. East Point is approximately 13.8 square miles. The city has experienced a great revival in the past few years and is now populated with new residences and businesses. Many homes from World War II have been refurbished, and they provide an historic atmosphere for the area. Camp Creek Marketplace was recently built on the western side of the city, and it offers great shopping opportunities. The Fulton County School System has its headquartersin East Point, and the school system operates all of the public schools in the area. Chartered in 1890, East Point grew rapidly in its early years, its proximity to the railroad and industry buoying its development. Today, the area continues to grow. The Federal Bureau of Prisons Southeast Region Office headquarters is in East Point. East Point has the only velodrome in the world that has a green space and a creek running through the infield. Football players Reggie Rutland and Jonas Jennings have also called East
Point home.

(770) 964-2244

Fairburn’s slogan, “History Lives Here,” is evident in the historic downtown area. With many buildings on the National Register of Historic Places, Fairburn has a rich historical culture enjoyed by residents and visitors alike. The downtown Commercial District, which has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places, offers various commercial buildings and two historic train depots. The center of the community provides original shopping, entertainment, and dining surrounded by housing and business opportunities. Fairburn continues to grow exponentially while retaining its small town atmosphere. The annual Fairburn Festival, the Georgia Renaissance Festival, and the Southside Theatre attract many residents and visitors to Fairburn.


Hapeville is located six miles south of Atlanta and is adjacent to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. It is headquarters for Delta Airlines and Korean Air Cargo, and Porsche’s $100-million U.S. headquarters complete with Porsche experience driving track. The city is also home to the original Chick-fil-A Dwarf House and many hotels serving business travelers. Hapeville offers many attractions, including the new Academy Theatre. Residential neighborhoods feature a wide variety of homes, from bungalows to Chicago style townhouses to lofts and condominiums. Business will benefit from their commercial Opportunity Zone offering the maximum tax advantages allowable by the state. The city government is focused on planning and has experienced significant revitalization. Hapeville is a designated Main Street City and has an historic downtown including a Historical Society Depot Museum, the Historic Christ Church and Carriage House, the Hoyt Smith Conference Center, and many downtown storefronts. The city features a downtown park and a unique public arts program, including murals and a flurry of painted butterflies. Hapeville’s Development Authority develops and promotes trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities.

Johns Creek
(678) 512-3200

Johns Creek was originally a “sacred place” for tribal meetings between the rival Cherokee and Creek tribes. Today Johns Creek has been established as a municipal leader in the metro-Atlanta area. The region of Johns Creek provides a very high quality of life for its residents, and keeps up a safe lifestyle. State-of-the-art public schools are located in Johns Creek, and some of them have won awards such as the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence that was awarded to Chattahoochee High School. The Ciba Vision world headquarters, State Farm Insurance regional headquarters, and Macy’s Technology Systems and Saia, Inc. national headquarters are all located in Johns Creek. The Autry Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center offers 46 acres of Georgia woodlands in addition to the beautiful three city parks in the area. Johns Creek is bordered by the Chattahoochee River, which provides recreational opportunities such as canoeing, kayaking, and trout fishing. The Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra is a major cultural attraction, as well as the Johns Creek Art Center.

(678) 242-2500

The City of Milton is a very affluent city in metro-Atlanta that was established very recently in 2006. Consisting of nearly 33,000 residents, Milton has grown into a thriving area while still retaining its small-town feel. Milton High School is a nationally-renowned high school that offers students in the area a quality education. Bell Memorial Park, Birmingham Park, and Providence Park provide the community with recreational activities and a nice place to enjoy nature. The Bethwell Community Center offers a summer day camp along with the City of Milton Parks and Recreation programs.

Mountain Park

Mountain Park if an official wildlife refuge, which means that all wildlife including birds, reptiles, and animals in the area are protected. Some rare species including Red Tailed Hawks, Great Blue Herons, Eastern Bluebirds, and Pileated Woodpeckers live in the area most or all off the year. Most streets in Mountain Park are named after trees or birds. Nature lovers will thoroughly enjoy living in Mountain Park and taking in all of the natural wonders the community has to offer.

(770) 463-3377

Established in 1833 as Johnson’s Store, Palmetto gots its current name from a company of soldiers from South Carolina that were passing through on their way to the Mexican War. These soldiers were reminded of their state, known as the “Palmetto State.” Located only 25 miles from Atlanta, Palmetto is a very applealing place for residents who want to enjoy suburb living while having easy access to a large city. Palmetto has an extremely high elevation, and it was actually built on the highest point above sea level from Atlanta to New Orleans. The area is booming with business opportunities, especially for entrepreneurs. Two of the parks in the area are Wayside Park, located on Main Street, and Veterans Park, located on Park Street. These parks provide relaxing areas for recreation or leisure.

(770) 641-3727

Historic Roswell, founded in 1839, has retained its charm while keeping its focus on the promise and possibilities of the future. Embodying the grace and spirit of the quintessential southern town, Roswell features a downtown district of restored landmark buildings that house antique and gift shops, an award-winning parks system, the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area and the Roswell Cultural Arts Center, which is home to the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the Georgia Ensemble Theater. Small business owners and entrepreneurs will find that Roswell is an excellent place to thrive in the business community. Residents have easy access to Atlanta and North Georgia, allowing for accessible travel to the major city as well as the mountainous regions in Georgia.

Sandy Springs
(770) 730-5600

Located just north of Atlanta, Sandy Springs has grown to become an urban center and home to citizens from around the nation and the world. Downtown Sandy Springs is a nontraditional area that surrounds the nine-story Northside
Tower. The downtown area is where the actual sandy springs that inspired the name of the city are located. The western district of Sandy Springs is Riverside, an affluent area that contains mansions on beautiful rolling hills. Perimeter Center is the business district of Sandy Springs surrounding Perimeter Mall. Northside Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta are all located in Perimeter Center. The Dunwoody Panhandle is another affluent area of Sandy Springs, located between the Chattahoochee River and Dunwoody. Many Fortune 500 companies have their headquarters in Sandy Springs, including First Data, Newell Rubbermaid, and the United Parcel Service. Four Fortune 1000 companies are also based in the city: Mirant Corp., Wendy’s/
Arby’s Group, Spectrum Brands, and Global Payments, Inc.

Union City
(770) 964-2288

Home to over 20,000 residents Union City provides a quality lifestyle with a wide variety of housing styles, excellent educational facilities, accessible transportation systems, a variety of parks and recreational programs, and numerous retail centers all just minutes away from Hartsfield International Airport and downtown Atlanta. The quiet town has many expanding business districts that make it a great place for new residents.

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Alpharetta, Atlanta, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and Union City


Main Contact Information
(404) 730-4000

All Emergencies

Animal Control
(404) 613-0358

Business License
(404) 612-3171

Fulton County Tax Commissioner
Arthur E. Ferdinand
(404) 730-6100

County Extension Office
(404) 613-7670

Driver’s License
(404) 657-9300

Fire and Emergency Services
(404) 612-5700

Planning and Zoning
(404) 612-8053

Police Department
(404) 613-5700

Tax Assessor
(404) 612-6440

Voter Registration
(404) 730-7072


City of Alpharetta
(678) 297-6000

City of Atlanta
(404) 330-6000

City of College Park
(404) 767-1537

City of East Point
(404) 270-7001

City of Fairburn
(770) 964-2244

City of Hapeville
(404) 669-2100

City of Mountain Park

City of Palmetto
(770) 463-3377

City of Roswell
(770) 641-3727

City of Sandy Springs
(770) 730-5600

City of Union City
(770) 964-2288

Georgia Power
(404) 506-6526

Scana Energy
(877) 467-2262

Southern Company
(404) 506-5000

Gas Companies
Atlanta Gas Light
(404) 584-4000

Georgia Natural Gas Co.
(404) 685-4000

Water and Sewer
Fulton County Water and Sewer Billing
(404) 730-6830

Merk Miles Transfer Station and Recycling Center
(404) 629-1700

Roswell Recycling Center
(770) 442-8822

Sandy Springs Recycling Center
(770) 551-7794

Cable Television

Fulton County Office of Broadcast and Cable

(404) 249-9052


Public Schools
Fulton County School System
(404) 768 3600

Georgia State University
(404) 413-2000

Georgia Tech
(404) 894-2000


Department of Health and Wellness


Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System

(404) 730-1700

Atlanta Journal Constitution

Fulton County News