In 1932, Alpharetta was the county seat of Milton County and was a bustling center of local politics and culture. After the depression, the town was annexed into Fulton County. During the 20th century Alpharetta remained a vibrant farming & cotton growing community, but its rapidly increasing population shifted the development of this town further north.
The name of this North Georgia area originated from the Greek word 'Alpha' (which means "first") and 'Retta' (which means "town"). At least 86% of Alpharetta’s residents speak English at home and 5.2% of the community also speaks Spanish. 5.1% of Alpharetta is said to speak dialects other than English and Spanish as a native language.
There are 46 schools in Alpharetta Georgia, comprised of a combination of public, private as well as charter schools. Alpharetta’s public schools spend an estimated $13,443 per student (the national average school expenditure in the U.S. is approximately $12,435 per student). There are about 14.7 students per teacher in Alpharetta public schools.
Alpharetta’s courthouse burned down during the Civil War, but many of the records were saved. Its historic town square draws visitors with its charming assortment of restaurants and shops. For the outdoorsy-type, The Big Creek Greenway provides a peaceful retreat from the bustle of Atlanta's congested highways. This 6-mile path runs alongside the serene, wooded areas of Alpharetta.
Tourists frequently visit the city of Alpharetta to step foot on historical attractions such as The Mansell House and Garden (this is especially fun for history buffs). This landmark was built in 1912 by Robert and Maude Mansell as a Queen Anne-style residence, but now houses the Alpharetta Historical Society.
Annual events also help foster Alpharetta’s community spirit. Each year, residents look forward to Main Street Markets, a spring-fall weekend gift extravaganza, the Old Soldier’s Day Parade, as well as the famous Fall Foot Race every August.
Many leading technology companies such as IBM, Lucent , Verizon, Sun Microsystems, AT&T and Alltel have offices in Alpharetta. The recent growth of this community's businesses & residents CAN make traffic a bit hectic during Atlanta's typical weekday commute hours, but it's manageable, thanks to back roads and alternate routes which avoid highway travel during that time.
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