Fulton County serves as the center of the metro Atlanta area. With 90 percent of the city of Atlanta, including the state's capital building located within its borders, it sits at the hub of the area's financial, transportation, retail, communications and cultural services. A number of Fortune 500 companies, including the Coca-Cola Company, Delta Air Lines, Equifax, and United Parcel Service.
More than 970,000 people live in Fulton County, drawn by its convenience to Interstates 75, 85 and 285 and Georgia State Route 400. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the median value of homes in the county is $246,200.
Fulton is home to many of Atlanta's signature neighborhoods, including its bustling downtown district. Older neighborhoods like Inman Park, Grant Park, Candler Park and Virginia-Highland offer affordable housing, pedestrian-friendly layouts and plentiful parks and recreational options. Midtown Atlanta is the heart of Atlanta's cultural scene, with the Woodruff Arts Center (home to the Alliance Theatre, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and the High Museum of Art) and the historic Fox Theatre, as well as a host of art galleries. Midtown's Piedmont Park, the city's most popular green space, hosts many outdoor festivals and concerts.
Fulton County Neighborhoods
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Buckhead is "where old money lives and new money parties," according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. With its mixture of mansions and uniquely styled homes, Buckhead is a favorite among architecture and history buffs. Convenient to Georgia 400, Interstate 85 and MARTA, it's filled with high-rises, upscale restaurants, the Governor's Mansion, the historic Swan House and the Atlanta History Center.
Buckhead is also an entertainment and dining hotspot. With more than 200 restaurants, bars shops and luxury hotels, the area is a magnet for young professionals. The area also offers numerous antique stores, art galleries and mall shopping at Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza.
One of metro Atlanta's most vibrant and affluent cities, Alpharetta is home to approximately 62,000 residents, according to 2012 U.S. Census Bureau estimates, who are drawn to its mix of big-city vitality and small-town charm, as well as its many amenities and affordable housing options. Homes range from large apartment communities to elegant subdivisions, with a median value of $324,300.
Home to a growing business community, Alpharetta also offers a variety of parks and outdoor attractions, including the Big Creek Greenway trail. Shoppers flock to North Point Mall for a multitude of retail options. The city's historic downtown area is a walkable district with brick sidewalks and an appealing town square surrounded by restaurants and shops. The Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, opened in 2008, hosts big-name concerts each summer.
The property tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value is:
$44.12 for the City of Atlanta
$29.13 for incorporated Fulton County
$41.60 for unincorporated Fulton County
$33.75 for Johns Creek
$33.86 for Sandy Springs
Tax Commissioner: 404-613-6100
Fulton County Schools Board of Education
Elementary Schools: 58
Middle Schools: 19
High Schools: 17
Per-pupil expenditures $9,561
Atlanta Public Schools
Board of Education
Elementary Schools: 52
Middle Schools: 14
High Schools: 20
Per-pupil expenditures: $13,576
School & bus information: 404-802-5500
Atlanta School Guide
Atlanta's Definitive Source for Education Information
Utilities and Contacts
City of College Park: 404-669-3759
City of East Point: 404-270-7010
City of Fairburn: 770-964-3481
City of Palmetto: 770-463-3322
Georgia Power: 888-660-5890
Fulton County: 404-730-6830
Charter Communications: 887-906-9121
Atlanta Medical Center: 404-265-4000
Atlanta VA Medical Center: 404-321-6111
Center for the Visually Impaired: 404-875-9011
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding: 404-785-9500
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite: 404-785-5252
Emory University Hospital Midtown: 404-778-2000
Grady Memorial Hospital: 404-606-1000
North Fulton Regional Hospital: 770-751-2500
Northside Hospital: 404-851-8000
Piedmont Hospital: 404-605-5000
Shepherd Center: 404-352-2020
St. Joseph's Hospital: 678-843-7001
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