Alpharetta, Georgia

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Alpharetta is a city in north Fulton County, Georgia, United States. It is one of the most affluent communities in the state. According to a 2008 estimate, Alpharetta's population is 49,903. However, during the workday, the city swells to more than 120,000 residents, workers, and visitors, due to the more 3,600 businesses that are located in the city.[3]

In 2009, Forbes ranked Alpharetta as the number 1 "reloville".



From the North Georgia Mountains to the Chattahoochee River along a Cherokee Indian trail, a tiny village named New Prospect Camp Ground was formed. This village, made up of tents, a log school, and arbor became a trading post where Indians and white settlers exchanged their goods. The surrounding countryside provided excellent farming land, especially for cotton. On December 11, 1858, the town was chartered and became the county seat of Milton County. The town was renamed Alpharetta from the Greek words "alpha" meaning first and "retta" meaning town. Officially chartered on December 11 of that year, Alpharetta served as the county seat of Milton County until the end of 1931 when Milton was merged with Fulton County to avoid bankruptcy during the Great Depression.[4]

Despite Alpharetta's poor start, today, Alpharetta is one of the fastest growing communities in the South.


Alpharetta is governed by a city council composed of six members and a mayor. The mayor and council members serve staggered four-year terms.


  • Arthur Letchas 2001–Present
  • Chuck Martin 1995 - 2002
  • Jimmy Phillips 1979 - 1994
  • George Wills
  • Randall Moore
  • Sindey Dees[5]

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