The Northeast Atlanta area boasts the award-winning Cobb County, Forsyth County, Fulton County and Gwinnett County School District - making this area perfect for young families! The Northeast Atlanta area is home to shopping attractions, such as the Avalon in Alpharetta and Merchant’s Walk in East Cobb, and other entertainment with many cities encompassing areas on Lake Lanier.
If shopping is your favorite pastime, there are few better places in the world to indulge yourself than in Alpharetta, Ga. The city is also home to some big-name businesses and welcomes new residents with open arms. This vibrant community has a lot of history and an energetic approach to the future. A new neighbor to the north, Milton, was carved out of unincorporated parts of Fulton County and became a city through legislative action in December 2006.
Near the end of the 1800s and on into the early 20th century, Buford was known as " The Leather City," renowned for its bridles, horse collars, saddles and shoes. It was founded in 1892 as a railroad town and named for Algernon Sydney Buford, president of the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railway. The railroad went broke in 1874, but was reorganized, eventually becoming part of the Southern Railroad. Both the new railroad and the town thrived. Most of Buford is situated in Gwinnett County. A small portion of its land area lies in Hall County. As a desirable "outside the perimeter" community, Buford lies 25 miles north of Atlanta, with its northern boundary along the shore of Lake Lanier.
The county seat of Forsyth County, Cumming calls itself “the gateway to leisure living” due to its close proximity to Lake Lanier. Fifty-nine square miles of water and 692 miles of shoreline create a popular setting for boating, swimming, fishing, and other lake-oriented activities. About 5,500 people live in Cumming, which is considered part of the Atlanta metropolitan area. The community is served by Forsyth County Schools, one of the fastest growing school districts in Georgia. Four of the five high schools in the district are located in Cumming—Forsyth Central High, North Forsyth High, South Forsyth High, and West Forsyth High. County government buildings and Cumming City Hall define the downtown area.
Located east of Interstates 575 and 75 and the city limits of Marietta, East Cobb is an unincorporated community in Cobb County. This northwestern Atlanta suburb is part of Cobb County School District (CCSD), which is the second largest school district in Georgia. CCSD consistently achieves a high level of academic success. CCSD students taking the ACT exam achieved record-high scores for 11 straight years since 2006. In addition to excellent schools, East Cobb offers a commuting location that provides multiple routes to Atlanta and the I-285 perimeter. With restaurants and shopping clustered in central locations like Merchant’s Walk and Paper Mill Village, East Cobb keeps the focus on residential development.
Johns Creek is a large, growing suburb of Atlanta, located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. About 30 miles northeast of the city, Johns Creek has a 2010 census population of about 77,000 with an estimated 2015 population of about 83,000. Johns Creek is known as an important business center of the northern suburbs. It is a family-oriented community as well as home to more than 2,500 local businesses, including about 600 restaurants.
Milton comprises the far northern portion of northern Fulton County. Not even a teenager yet, it has made a big splash on the scene and is one of the most sought-after Atlanta area suburbs. Incorporated in 2006, Milton has a new city hall, a stately traditional structure adjacent to the town green. Home to nearly 40,000 people, Milton bears the name of Revolutionary War hero John Milton.
Roswell ranks high as a family-friendly community that checks all the boxes for good schools, employment opportunities, and quality-of-life factors such as recreational opportunities and green space. Public schools in Roswell are part of top-rated Fulton County Schools. Roswell High School ranked 15th in the state on a recent U.S. News and World Report list of Best High Schools in the U.S. Roswell has 3 high schools, 3 middle schools, 9 elementary schools, and 1 charter school for grades K–8. At the city level, a robust parks department maintains over 30 parks and facilities that offer everything from an aquatic center to a soccer complex. Top employers in Roswell include the Kimberly-Clark Corporation and North Fulton Regional Hospital. Many Roswell residents commute to jobs in Atlanta or work in the high-tech corridor on Route 400 between Roswell and Atlanta.
Suwanee is a city of under 20,000 people located northeast of Atlanta. Even though, depending on whether you drive on the Interstate or take the backroads, it's only between 35 and 45 minutes away, residents here think that the local vibe is totally different from the big city. Among its accolades, it counts being called one of the country's "best places for families" and for raising children by Family Circle and Kiplinger Magazine and as one of the Top Ten Best Places to Live by Money Magazine.