Crime & Safety
- Public Schools
- Private Schools
I love how downtown Alpharetta has become a smaller version of Atlanta. There are amazing restaurants and activities that take place in the downtown area, I do not have travel far distances to now experience luxury and aesthetically pleasing places. I do wish the places downtown would stay open later because everything usually closes by 9. Other than that, the scenery and places downtown are beautiful!
Milton, Georgia is a great city. People here are genuinely nice, and it's a great place for families because it's so safe. One of my favorite things about Milton when I first moved here with my family was how many horse farms there are. However, because of the dramatic increase in population, there is a huge increase in new construction neighborhoods. It is now taking away from the natural beauty of Milton, which is depressing to watch unfold. Developers clear-cut acres of purchased land and build the same cookie-cutter subdivisions of overpriced new construction homes. It's aesthetically displeasing and environmentally harmful. :( The weather is a little too hot to be comfortable outside for the warmer months of the year (which goes from about May to September), unless you're in a pool (most neighborhoods have their own pool or an affiliated country club, or one close by that you can become a member of). The schools are top notch, and they only keep getting better. Many would argue that the public schools provide a better quality education than the private schools nearby. Although nothing ever really happens in Milton as far as crime, you always feel a police presence in Milton; while some citizens may grumble about speed traps and little leniency in minor traffic violations, I think people, including myself, really do appreciate their hard work in making themselves accessible to the city. Overall, people in Milton are very kind, neighborly, love their community and doing things for others. They are also generally religious and on the politically conservative side, which can be good or bad depending on your views. People here are also extremely affluent. This shows in their country club memberships, frequent vacations, and the overabundance of million-dollar-plus homes. It's hard to find a home around here for sale under $400,000. People that grow up here can end up acting entitled and very narrow-minded, not knowing anything but privilege, which is a downside.
Police presence is strong, and there is even a Facebook page that you can "like" where the police will post daily incident reports, even the silly minor calls made like someone's house alarm accidentally being triggered by their dog or something. They are always about and can be seen at town functions and interacting with community members and doing demonstrations for the kids at schools. They may take themselves too seriously at times, but only because there's not too much crime to stop, so I am very happy with the Milton police.