If population growth is anything to go by, then there is no doubt that Alpharetta is one of the most popular cities in the state of Georgia. Boasting a growth of over 30% since 2000, the city continues to expand with no sign of slowing down. Thanks to a healthy business environment, the city's economy is thriving and residents enjoy an amazing quality of life.
Check out our 6 interesting (and true!) facts about Alpharetta - one of The Atlanta Homes Team's favorite areas!
1) The name "Alpharetta" means "First Town"
Derived from two Greek words: "Alpha" meaning first, and "Retta" meaning town,
2) Original Town Charter Imposed A Tax Limit of $25/Year
On December 11th, 1858, the original town charter was created. The charter allowed the government to pass a tax on every business, however, the tax could not exceed $25.00 per year.
3) Alpharetta Wasn't Always A Part Of Fulton County
Originally, Alpharetta was the first town chartered in Milton County. However, during the Great depression Milton County was nearly bankrupt. The county agreed to merge with the flourishing area to the north - Fulton County. Alpharetta remains a part of Fulton County to this day.
4) Cotton Production Used To Be The Main Industry In Alpharetta
Alpharetta primarily thrived from the various cotton plantations throughout the town. However, just before the Great Depression, Alpharetta was introduced to the Boll Weevil, a beetle that feeds on cotton buds. Between the boll weevil invasion and the Great Depression, Alpharetta's cotton economy deteriorated. As demand for food to feed the soldiers of World War II increased, many plantation owners shifted to livestock farming.
5) These Days Locals In The Atlanta Area Refer To Alpharetta As "New Buckhead"
Buckhead is an exclusive community in Atlanta known for its moneyed residents and thriving business district. Alpharetta offers the prestigious neighborhoods, fine dining and world class entertainment that characterizes more affluent areas, and thanks to the Northpoint Mall and the new mixed-use development Avalon, Alpharetta has become a booming business mecca. These similarities are what earned Alpharetta the moniker "New Buckhead".
6) Forbes Voted Alpharetta The 7th Friendliest City In The Entire Nation
Noting that Alpharetta is called the "City Of Celebration", Forbes took stock of the various festivals, ceremonies, parties and events throughout Alpharetta. This keeps the city vibrant and full of life, and creates an unrivaled sense of community for Alpharetta residents. Mix in that sweet southern charm that Georgia is known for, and you have a recipe for one of the friendliest cities in the whole country.