About Alpharetta

Alpharetta may not be the first town, but we think we make a pretty strong case to be first on your list.

How exactly did a small Atlanta suburb grow from 3,000 to 60,000 in just 35 years?

The name “Alpharetta” is Greek for “first town.” Now, we weren’t the first town on the map, of course. Or the biggest—for our first 120 years, Alpharetta was small, numbering a mere 3,000 by 1981. Now, a few chapters later, our city is a thriving hub of technology and business. We’re young, we’re educated, we’re forward-thinking, and we’re prospering more and more every day.

Alpharetta may not be the first town, but we think we make a pretty strong case to be first on your list.


The City of Alpharetta was founded in 1858 just north of Atlanta, and a few things have changed since then. Sure, the site of the Milton County Courthouse that was erected that same year is still the center of town, now home to Alpharetta’s City Hall. But things are changing; just ask Forbes, who name Alpharetta the #1 Place to Relocate in America.

History isn’t just something that lives in the past here in Alpharetta. We make it year after year.

  • Founded in 1858
  • Mayor: David Belle Isle
  • Humid subtropical climate
  • Population: 60,000
  • Average age: 36
  • Size: 21.4 square miles

Town Personality

A city is only as good as its citizens, and fortunately for us, some of the finest people you’ll meet work for the Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau. Learn more about what Alpharetta has to offer.


Sometimes a city reflects the age of its citizens, and that’s the case with Alpharetta. With a median age in the mid-30s, our population reflects our city’s spirit: full of experience but young enough to be full of energy and passion.

Our citizens are also highly educated (62.7% own a bachelor’s degree or higher), living well (61% are homeowners), realizing their earning potential (68% of households earn $75,000 or more), and raising future generations of Alpharettians (57% of households are two-parent families).

With a population that spans every walk of life, Alpharetta is ready to welcome you to the neighborhood.

  • 36 Median Age
  • 62.7% Bachelor's Degree or Higher
  • 61% Homeowners
  • 68% Households Earn $75,000+
  • 57% Two-parent Families


Not from around here? Get to know your surroundings quickly and easily and enjoy exploring our town with this interactive map.