Residents are drawn to this growing bedroom community by the quieter lifestyle and excellent schools it offers. Its linchpin is Technology Park located at the corner of McGinnis Ferry and Medlock Bridge Roads. Started in 1981, it is now home to more than 200 companies with nearly 11,000 workers and 6 million square feet of office, retail, and industrial space.
Throughout Johns Creek you’ll find a variety of shopping and dining, but the real source of civic pride is its green space and location along the Chattahoochee River. The city boasts over 300 acres of parks and recreation with more being developed. The newest project is the restoration of Old Rogers Bridge, a 107-year-old bridge that crosses the river and joins the cities of Johns Creek and Duluth. Once completed, residents will have a pedestrian pathway allowing them to access activities on both sides of the river.
And, there is a lot to do along the river. Multiple units of the
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
offer everything from boat launches to picnic areas to hiking trails. On a hot, summer day you might enjoy hopping on an innertube and floating down the river. Or, cast a line from the 13 miles of river front and you just might snag a bass, trout, or catfish. For landlubbers, the Autrey Mill Nature Preserve & Heritage Center is a terrific place to enjoy nature and attend an educational program, class, and camp.
Newtown, Ocee, and Shakerag
offer a dizzying array of youth and adult sports leagues, sports courts, athletic fields, jogging paths, picnic pavilions, and an incredible dog park. Newtown also hosts a variety of community events including a concert series, an annual chili cookoff, and movie nights. Fore golf (see what we did there?), you’ll find
, an 18-hole, par-3 public course; 2 premiere private clubs,
The Standard Club
Atlanta Athletic Club
; and, if you prefer to live on the course, choose from
St. Ives Country Club
The Country Club of the South
Rivermont Golf Club
recently ranked Johns Creek as the best place to raise a family in Georgia.
ranked it the second safest city in Georgia and the third best place to live. Homes range from well-appointed townhomes to mid-priced, swim/tennis communities to gated neighborhoods with million-dollar homes. Johns Creek schools are among the most highly acclaimed in the state.
- making it the 10th largest city in Georgia
- Median Age: 40.1
- Median Household Income: $113,609
- Mean Household Income: $143,924
- County: Fulton
- Location: 30 miles northeast of Atlanta
- Major Thoroughfares: North/South - 141, Peachtree Parkway and East/West - 120, State
- Bridge Road
- Nearest Interstate: I-85
, 1,822 students, 19:1 student-teacher ratio, 71% AP participation
- Johns Creek
, 2,090 students, 19:1 student-teacher ratio, 75% AP participation
, 1,960 students, 17:1 student-teacher ratio, 71% AP participation
A Little History
The city is a relative new kid on the block having incorporated in December of 2006. In the early 19th century it served as a trading post along the Chattahoochee in what was Cherokee Indian territory. As it grew, families like the Rogers, McGinnis, Findley, Buice, and Medlock gathered here to sell their crops. Eventually, ferry crossing sites were established to transport people and livestock across the river. The discovery of gold in Northeast Georgia led to the country’s first gold rush and precipitated the forced relocation of Cherokee people to Oklahoma, known as the Trail of Tears.
Pioneer John Rogers married a Cherokee woman and together they fought for Cherokee rights. They had 12 children and their home still exists as a private residence in Johns Creek. Both President Andrew Jackson and famed journalist Will Rogers, the great, great nephew of John Rogers, visited the home.
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