Between Atlanta and the North Georgia Mountains lies Alpharetta, a charming city with a population of roughly 66,000 residents.
Alpharetta presents one of the most intriguing backstories in the region. In the 1830s, the Cherokee from the south were forced to relocate to Oklahoma, what was then called the “Indian Territory,” under the Indian Removal Act, signed by President Andrew Jackson.
Pioneers and farmers moved to the land later and reclaimed it as their own, founding today’s Alpharetta city. Its name comes from a fictional Native American girl called Alfarata, from a 19th-century favorite song “The Blue Juniata,” though others claim the city’s names is a derivation from the term ‘alpha,’ the first letter of the Greek alphabet.
Alpharetta was known as a small community up until the 1980s when it slowly began to grow. Now, it has become one of the most prosperous cities in the United States, becoming Georgia’s 12th most populated areas.
Moreover, it even received the title of “Technology City of the South” thanks to the many tech companies that were started in Alpharetta. Still, even though its economy is booming, residents here still consider Alpharetta a small town, thanks to its tightly-knit community.
Source: The City of Alpharetta, Wikipedia