Roswell is one of the area’s oldest suburbs and a destination for outdoor enthusiasts as well as those seeking a walkable lifestyle. Historic downtown Roswell is home to a diverse collection of restaurants along popular Canton Street. Wander a few blocks either direction and you’ll find cool brew pubs, a well-stocked record store, art galleries and a variety of unique boutiques. From October to April, downtown plays host to Alive in Roswell, a family-friendly event featuring live music, food trucks, games, and other entertainment.
Situated along the Chattahoochee River, nature lovers will find numerous hiking, biking, picnicking, and boating options. Enjoy a stroll along the Riverwalk Boardwalk or hike one of many trails found at parks like Old Mill or Vickery Creek. Stop by Palisades Park for rafting, canoeing and kayaking. Or, get to know the local environment at the
Chattahoochee Nature Center
which sits on 127 acres adjacent to the river and offers walking paths, environmental education, and an onsite wildlife clinic.
Local parks are another great way to get out and enjoy the community. On the east side of town is
East Roswell Park
where residents can find a multitude of sports fields, tennis courts, sprayground, community center, dog park, and walking trails. On the west side is
Roswell Area Park
which offers many of the same amenities with the addition of a pool and football fields. For adult swimmers, the
Roswell Adult Aquatic Center
serves residents 25 years and older.
Roswell also earns high marks for its proximity to two major business districts, the top end Perimeter, home to Fortune 500 companies as well as top hospitals, and Alpharetta, known for its bustling tech scene. Both are easily accessed via GA 400 or HWY 9.
Over the years, Roswell has evolved into a top destination for home buyers. Condo, townhouse or a single-family home, Roswell has options. Many within walking distances to shopping and dining. Willing to go a little further out? You could score a home overlooking the Chattahoochee or a spacious house on acreage.
A strong sense of community gives Roswell a small town feel while still offering big city amenities. It earned an A+ rating from Niche and was dubbed “one of the coolest suburbs” by the AJC. The schools are well-regarded. In fact, Newsweek released a report at the end of 2019 naming Roswell High School among the nation’s top STEM schools. And, Centennial High School is one of only three International Baccalaureate World Schools in North Fulton County.
- Roswell Population:
- making it the 8th largest city in Georgia
- Median Age: 37.8
- Median Household Income: $87,911
- Mean Household Income: $120,391
- County: Fulton
- Location: 23 miles north of Atlanta, just outside I-285
- Major Thoroughfares: North/South - Hwy 9, Alpharetta Hwy, East/West - GA 140, Holcomb Bridge/Crossville Rd.
- Nearest Interstate: GA 400, I-285
, 2,232 students, 17:1 student-teacher ratio, 61% AP participation
, 1,996 students, 16:1 student-teacher ratio, 59% AP participation
A Little History
Roswell was originally part of the Cherokee Nation. But once gold was discovered on the land, entrepreneurs such as Roswell King were drawn to the area. It eventually became a textile mill town and saw beautiful mansions built by families such as the Kings, Bullochs, and Dunwoodys. Interestingly, Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt Sr., the parents of U.S President Theodore Roosevelt, married at Bulloch Hall.
During the Civil War, General Sherman approved the destruction of the mills and ordered more than 400 mill workers, mostly women, to be charged with treason and sent to the North as prisoners. After the war, several mills were rebuilt, and Roswell remained a mill town until 1975. History buffs can learn more by exploring historic sites like
located in downtown.
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