Milton is one of the youngest cities in Georgia and exists as a direct result of active citizen participation in local government issues. A group of residents was formed in 2005 to establish if incorporating this unincorporated part of Fulton County was even viable. The Georgia State House and Senate approved the bill, thus creating the city of Milton on March 9th, 2006. Voters approved this decision on July 18th, during a referendum with a 86% approval.
Milton was officially incorporated and adopted Fulton County ordinances on December 1st, 2006. Since then, it has been creating its model of governance by leveraging public and private partnerships to save costs and provide quality services to its residents.
Milton is located on the northern part of Fulton County, next to Roswell and Alpharetta on the south, Cherokee County on the north and west, and Forsyth County on the east. Its name was chosen in honor of the former Milton County, which in term was named after John Milton, a Revolutionary war hero.
The city has a population of more than 38,000 residents and covers approximately 23,000 acres. In 2011, the Atlanta Business Chronicle stated that Milton had the highest quality of life in the state of Georgia, and the ninth-highest in the southern part of the country.
Sources: City of Milton, Move to Milton