Alpharetta is a city in Fulton County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2006 census, the city had a total population of 57,000 .
Selected for its location next to a spring, it began as a campground, and was originally known as New Prospect Camp Ground until late 1858. Officially chartered on December 11 of that year, Alpharetta ( Greek for "first town") became 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. 
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Georgia 400 (U.S. 19) is the freeway connecting suburban Alpharetta with Atlanta to the south. It parallels surface highway S.R. 9, which was originally multiplexed with U.S. 19 and was the only paved road through town prior to the county merger. The town also had no railroad, a rarity for the area. Despite its poor start then, and being one of the furthest-out large suburbs in metro Atlanta, it is now home to numerous mid-rise buildings of 10 or more floors each, which are home to many high-tech companies including UPS Supply Chain Solutions, Lucent, Nortel, IBM, Sun Microsystems, AT&T, Siemens, Verizon, Alltel, E*Trade, and ChoicePoint.
Alpharetta is governed by a city council comprised 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
Alpharetta Georgia Information
There were 13,911 households out of which 36.2% had children under the living with them, 54.1% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 27.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.0% under the , 7.2% from 18 to 24, 40.5% from 25 to 44, 19.4% from 45 to 64, and 5.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 98.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.9 males.
The median income for homes in alpharetta was $71,207, and the median income for a home in alpharetta was $97,718. Males had a median income of $69,275 versus $49,935 for females. The per capita income for the city was $51,432. About 2.9% of families and 5.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.4% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
The city is served by Fulton County Schools.
Public elementary schools located in Alpharetta include:
Alpharetta Elementary School
Barnwell Elementary School
Crabapple Crossing Elementary School
Cogburn Woods Elementary School
Creek View Elementary School
Dolvin Elementary School
Lake Windward Elementary School
Manning Oaks Elementary School
Medlock Bridge Elementary School
New Prospect Elementary School
Ocee Elementary School
State Bridge Crossing Elementary School
Summit Hill Elementary School
Findley Oaks Elementary School
Hembree Springs Elementary School, Mimosa Elementary School, and Sweet Apple Elementary School, all in Roswell, serve portions of Alpharetta.
Public middle schools located in Alpharetta include:
Autrey Mill Middle School
Fulton Science Academy
Haynes Bridge Middle School
Hopewell Middle School
Northwestern Middle School
River Trail Middle School
Taylor Road Middle School
Webb Bridge Middle School
In addition, Crabapple Middle School and Elkins Pointe Middle School, two middle schools in Roswell, serve portions of Alpharetta.
Two public high schools are located in Alpharetta: Alpharetta High School and Milton High School.
In addition Centennial High School in Roswell, Northview High School and Chattahoochee High School both in Johns Creek all serve parts of Alpharetta.
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