Located in the north central region of Georgia, Fulton County is the state’s most populated county with more than one million people calling it home (2016 estimates). The economically vibrant and historic city of Atlanta is its county seat and the state capital since 1868. Ninety percent of the city of Atlanta is within Fulton County boundaries.
Fulton County was created in 1853 from the western half of DeKalb County. The county is the namesake of Hamilton Fulton a surveyor with the Western and Atlantic Railroad. The county grew rapidly after the American Civil War as Atlanta was rebuilt, becoming a center of railroad shipping, industry and business.
Today, Atlanta and Fulton County are home to national and international headquarters for Fortune 500 companies including Coca-Cola, Home Depot, Delta Airlines and UPS. These employers and many others attract workers from around the country, making it a diverse city.
Nearly half of all of the county’s residents, 25 years and older have a bachelor’s degree and 90 percent graduated high school. As of 2016, the county’s median value of owner occupied homes was $241,000 with 51 percent of all housing being owner occupied.
Founded in 1871, the Fulton County School System is one of the oldest and largest school districts in Georgia according to geographic area. From its southern end in the City of Chattahoochee Hills to its northernmost tip in Johns Creek, the county spans more than 70 miles.
The Atlanta School System and Board of Education are located within the Fulton County School System. Over the years its reputation for excellent schools has attracted families to the area. Fulton has more than 14,000 full-and part-time employees, including more than 7,500 teachers and other certified personnel, who work in 105 schools and administrative and support buildings. During the 2017-18 school year, approximately 96,700 students will attend classes in 59 elementary schools, 19 middle schools, 18 high schools (includes two open campus high schools) and ten charter organizations (some charters have multiple campuses but are considered one school).
Fulton County's budget of $1.2 billion funds an array of resident services. With 34 branches, the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System is one of the largest library systems in Georgia. The county is also home to theaters, museums and attractions such as the Georgia Aquarium, Martin Luther King Center and Mercedes Benz Stadium — home to the Atlanta Falcons NFL team. Go Team!
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