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Johns Creek, Georgia

Johns Creek, Georgia
Johns Creek City Hall
Johns Creek City Hall
Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia
Location in Fulton County and the state of Georgia
Johns Creek is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Johns Creek
Johns Creek
Location of Johns Creek in Metro Atlanta
Johns Creek is located in the United States
Johns Creek
Johns Creek
Johns Creek (the United States)
Johns Creek is located in Metro Atlanta
Johns Creek
Johns Creek
Johns Creek (Metro Atlanta)
Coordinates: 34°01′44″N 84°11′55″W / 34.02889°N 84.19861°W / 34.02889; -84.19861
CountryUnited States
StateGeorgia
CountyFulton
IncorporatedDecember 1, 2006
Government
 • MayorMike Bodker
Area
 • Total31.3 sq mi (81.0 km2)
 • Land30.7 sq mi (79.6 km2)
 • Water0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
Elevation
928 ft (283 m)
Population
 • Total76,728
 • Estimate 
(2018)[2]
84,310
 • Density2,497/sq mi (964.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
None assigned to Johns Creek by USPS as it does not recognize the city. 30005, 30022, 30024, 30097, 30098 from other cities apply in various parts of Johns Creek.
Area code(s)770, 404, 678, 470
GNIS feature ID2100780[3]
Websitewww.johnscreekga.gov

Johns Creek is a city in Fulton County, Georgia, United States.[3] According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728.[1] The city is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta.[4] In 2017, Johns Creek ranked third on the USA TODAY list of "50 best cities to live in."[5]

History

In the early 19th century, the Johns Creek area was dotted with trading posts along the Chattahoochee River in what was then Cherokee territory. The Cherokee nation at the time was a confederacy of agrarian villages led by a chief. However, after Europeans colonized the area, the Cherokee developed an alphabet, and a legislature and judiciary system patterned after the American model.

Some trading posts gradually became crossroads communities where pioneer families – Rogers, McGinnis, Findley, Buice, Cowart, Medlock and others – gathered to visit and sell their crops.

By 1820, the community of Sheltonville (now known as Shakerag) was a ferry crossing site, with the McGinnis Ferry and Rogers Ferry carrying people and livestock across the river for a small fee. Further south, the Nesbit Ferry did the same near another crossroads community known as Newtown.

In the 1820s, the discovery of gold in the foothills of northeast Georgia within the Cherokee Nation – approximately 45 miles (72 km) north of today's Johns Creek – led to America's first Gold Rush, the eventual takeover of the Cherokee Nation by the U.S. government in 1830, and the subsequent forced exile (the "Trail of Tears") of Cherokee Indians to Oklahoma and other areas of the American West.

A few Cherokees remained, the most famous being Sarah Cordery (1785–1842), the half-blood Cherokee wife of pioneer John Rogers (1774–1851), and their 12 children. Rogers was a respected, influential plantation owner and colleague of President Andrew Jackson. Rogers's 1828 home – today, a private residence in Johns Creek – was an overnight stop-over for Jackson. Much later, the home was also visited by famed humorist Will Rogers, the great, great-nephew of John Rogers. Johns Creek's name comes from John Rogers's son, Johnson K. Rogers. A local tributary was named after him, and the name "Johns Creek" eventually came to be the name of the area.

In 1831, much of the land in the former Cherokee Nation north of the Chattahoochee was combined into the massive Cherokee County. When Milton County was formed in 1858, the Johns Creek area was folded into it.

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, Milton County was dissolved and all of its land was then absorbed into Fulton County.

The four main crossroad communities — Ocee, Newtown, Shakerag and Warsaw — remained the social, educational and business centers of rural, unincorporated northeast Fulton County. For the next 50 years, these communities helped bring a sense of identity to this largely undeveloped and underpopulated area, as the nearby cities of Roswell, Alpharetta, Duluth and Suwanee and adjoining Forsyth and Gwinnett counties continued to grow and develop.

In 1981, a group of Georgia Institute of Technology graduates bought 1,700 acres (6.9 km2) of farmland and woods near McGinnis Ferry and Medlock Bridge Roads for a high-tech office park. The new office park was to mirror one built in 1970 in nearby Peachtree Corners, known as Technology Park/Atlanta. Spotting tiny Johns Creek on an old map, they named their mixed-use, master-planned community "Technology Park/Johns Creek". This is the first reference to Johns Creek as a place. The area grew over the years to become the home of 200 companies – many of them Fortune 500 firms – with nearly 11,000 people spread over 6,000,000 square feet (560,000 m2) of office, retail and industrial space. With the jobs came houses and shopping centers, and the population increased to about 60,000.

By 2000, a grassroots movement to incorporate the Johns Creek area into a city was slowly developing. Residents wanted more control over issues such as traffic, growth, development and quality of life. They also sought a level of service that was a challenge for the sprawling Fulton County to provide. Following the nearby city of Sandy Springs’ successful incorporation in 2005, a legislative campaign was started to incorporate the Johns Creek community. House Bill 1321 was passed by the state legislature, signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue in March 2006, and approved by the residents of northeast Fulton County in a July 18, 2006 voter referendum.[6] In November 2006, the city's first elected officials were voted into office, with the City of Johns Creek becoming official December 1, 2006.

In 2017, an iHeartJC initiative has been growing to have the city's residential, business and innovation ecosystem develop a long-term strength and identity in healthcare innovation and wellness.[7]

Geography

A subdivision in Johns Creek

Johns Creek is located in northeastern Fulton County and is centered at 34°1′44″N 84°11′55″W / 34.02889°N 84.19861°W / 34.02889; -84.19861 (34.0289259, -84.1985790).[8] The elevation ranges from 880 feet (270 m) above sea level along the Chattahoochee River to 1,180 feet (360 m) in the Ocee area along the Alpharetta border. Johns Creek is bounded to the south by the Chattahoochee River and Gwinnett County, and on the northeast by McGinnis Ferry Road and Forsyth County. It is bounded by Roswell to the west, Alpharetta to the northwest, Suwanee to the east, and Duluth, Berkeley Lake, and Peachtree Corners to the south. Downtown Atlanta is 27 miles (43 km) to the southwest.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the city of Johns Creek has a total area of 31.3 square miles (81.0 km2), of which 30.7 square miles (79.6 km2) is land and 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), or 1.76%, is water.[9]

Climate

Johns Creek has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Johns Creek, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 75
(24)
80
(27)
88
(31)
91
(33)
95
(35)
101
(38)
102
(39)
101
(38)
98
(37)
88
(31)
84
(29)
76
(24)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
55
(13)
63
(17)
71
(22)
78
(26)
84
(29)
88
(31)
86
(30)
81
(27)
72
(22)
62
(17)
53
(12)
70
(21)
Average low °F (°C) 29
(−2)
32
(0)
38
(3)
45
(7)
54
(12)
62
(17)
67
(19)
66
(19)
60
(16)
47
(8)
39
(4)
32
(0)
48
(9)
Record low °F (°C) −10
(−23)
1
(−17)
6
(−14)
24
(−4)
31
(−1)
40
(4)
48
(9)
50
(10)
28
(−2)
25
(−4)
10
(−12)
−1
(−18)
−10
(−23)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 5.34
(136)
4.78
(121)
5.52
(140)
4.04
(103)
4.63
(118)
3.66
(93)
4.17
(106)
4.32
(110)
3.87
(98)
3.58
(91)
3.73
(95)
4.18
(106)
51.82
(1,316)
Source: [10]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
201076,728
Est. 201884,310[2]9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]

According to the 2010 U.S. census, 76,728 people live in the city of Johns Creek, a 27.1 percent increase since a 2000 estimate for Georgia's 10th largest city. The racial makeup of the city in the 2010 U.S. census was 63.5 percent White; 23.4 percent Asian (8.4% Asian Indian, 6.5% Korean, 5.7% Chinese, 0.5% Vietnamese, 0.5% Japanese, 0.5% Pakistani, 0.4% Filipino, 0.1% Bangladeshi, 0.1% Indonesian, 0.1% Thai, 0.1% Cambodian, 0.1% Laotian); 9.2 percent African American; 5.2 percent Hispanic or Latino of any race (1.6% Mexican, 0.8% Puerto Rican, 0.7% Colombian, 0.4% Cuban, 0.2% Peruvian, 0.2% Dominican, 0.2% Venezuelan, 0.1% Guatemalan, 0.1% Honduran, 0.1% Salvadoran, 0.1% Chilean, 0.1% Argentinean, 0.1% Ecuadorian, 0.1% Spanish); 0.1 percent Native American; 1.4 percent from other races; and 2.4 percent from two or more races.

Johns Creek's 2010 demographics showed an estimated $109,576 median household income, a $137,271 average household income and a $45,570 per capita income.[12]

Economy

Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Top employers

According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[13] the top employers in the city are:

# Employer # of Employees
1 State Farm 1,280
2 Alcon 1,235
3 Macy's Systems and Technology 1,018
4 Kroger 879
5 Emory Johns Creek Hospital 615
6 Publix 253
7 Saia 239
8 Life Time Fitness 229
9 World Financial Group 207
10 Whole Foods Market 205

Arts and culture

Johns Creek was named after Johns Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River.[14]

Johns Creek has metro Atlanta's only part-time, fully professional symphony orchestra, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra.[15] Under the leadership of Music Director J. Wayne Baughman, the orchestra performs several times each year.

The Johns Creek Arts Center offers classes and camps for aspiring artists in multiple media throughout the year.

There also are several festivals year-round, such as Founders Week in December in which the community celebrates the city's incorporation with activities and a parade. The Fall Family Festival in September is a community get-together at Newtown Park. Arts on the Creek is a juried art show, and also has musical and stage performers. "The Taste of Johns Creek" is an annual food festival in the fall that features more than 40 local restaurants with proceeds supporting public school extracurricular activities.

There are six golf facilities (five private, one public) in Johns Creek, including the renowned Atlanta Athletic Club, home of the 2011 PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Amateur.[16] Other golf facilities include Country Club of the South, Rivermont Golf and Country Club, River Pines Golf, St. Ives Country Club, and The Standard Club.

The Atlanta Athletic Club was the site of the inaugural Atlanta Tennis Championships in 2010.[17] Johns Creek is home to thousands of members of the Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association (ALTA), one of the largest and oldest organized recreation leagues in the country.

Johns Creek, which is bordered by 13.5 miles (21.7 km) of the Chattahoochee River, has multiple nearby spots where paddlers can put in or take out their boats. It has shoals and low-level rapids. It also offers prime trout fishing.

Autrey Mill Nature Preserve and Heritage Center offers a replica of a Creek Indian hut, an 1800s historic village, and wildlife in 46 acres (190,000 m2) of woodlands. Biking the 4-mile (6 km) Greenway along Georgia 141 is a popular pastime. The city has plans to develop and connect other pathways to the Greenway, which will tie in with other cities, adding several miles of trails.

Each April, the city hosts the annual Johns Creek International Festival. In 2017, over 23,000 visitors attended the event. [18]

Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System operates the Northeast Spruill Oaks Library and Ocee Regional Library.[19]

Government

Previous elected officials

On November 6, 2007, incumbents McCabe, Figueroa, and Miller were re-elected. In 2009, incumbents Bodker, Johnson, Richardson, and Hausmann all ran unopposed,[20] and were sworn in by Fulton County Superior Court Judge Craig Schwall on January 11, 2010.[21]

Liz Hausmann resigned on April 26, 2010 in order to successfully run for a seat on the Fulton County Commission.[22] Kelly Stewart filled her post and was sworn in on December 13, 2010 by Georgia Supreme Court Justice David E. Nahmias.[23]

In 2011, McCabe announced he would not seek re-election. Brad Raffensperger won a runoff election for the post[24] and was sworn in on January 9, 2012.[25]

In 2013 Miller resigned from post 6.[26]

Figueroa resigned on February 1, 2014.[27] Elections were held on July 22 to fill posts 4 and 6: Bob Gray won post 4 and Steve Broadbent won post 6,[28] and they were sworn in on July 28 by Georgia Supreme Court Judge Greg Brasher.[29]

In 2015, Raffensperger Stewart resigned to run for Georgia Senate district 50. In runoffs held in late 2015, Chris Coughlin won the race for the weeks-long term left behind by Raffensperger, but lost the general election for the next full term to Jay Lin. Stephanie Endres won post 5.[30]

On February 24, 2017, Gray resigned in order to run for the House of Representatives' 6th congressional district.[31] Former councilman Coughlin won a special election held in April 2017 for post 4. In November 2017, Zaprowski and Endres were re-elected. John Bradberry won a runoff election for post 3 on December 5.[32]

The 2019 election featured a large number of candidates. Competing for post 2 were Royce Reinecke, Dilip Tunki, and Brian Weaver. Incumbent Chris Coughlin will try to hold on to post 4 against challengers Kent Altom, Marybeth Cooper, and Adam Thomas. Post 6 was a race between Erin Elwood, Judy LeFave, and Issure Yang.[33] These candidates held a debate at Northview High School on October 2.

Education

Public schools are operated by Fulton County Schools. Schools located in Johns Creek include:[34]

  • Abbotts Hill Elementary School
  • Autrey Mill Middle School
  • Barnwell Elementary School
  • Chattahoochee High School
  • Dolvin Elementary School
  • Findley Oaks Elementary School
  • Johns Creek High School
  • Medlock Bridge Elementary School
  • Northview High School
  • Ocee Elementary School
  • River Trail Middle School
  • Shakerag Elementary School
  • State Bridge Crossing Elementary School
  • Taylor Road Middle School
  • Wilson Creek Elementary School

Private schools:

Infrastructure

Transportation

Major highways

Public transportation

Johns Creek is not directly served by MARTA trains or buses. GRTA Xpress Route 408 connects Johns Creek with the Doraville MARTA station.[35]

Pedestrians and cycling

In January 2018 significant plans were approved for the engineering phase to upgrade State Bridge Road and Pleasant Hill Road.[36] There is community-wide support from the community in both neighboring Johns Creek and Duluth for the pedestrian river bridge for the project. It will serve to improve bike pedestrian safety, boost local economies by improving access to businesses, enhance connections with surrounding neighborhoods and improve traffic flow in the area. In addition, the upgrade will serve to ease inspection and maintenance of the bridge in the future.

In March 2018, the Gwinnett County Commissioners approved the agreement with the Johns Creek City Council.[37][38] Both sides have agreed to remove the sidewalks from the existing bridges in order to widen the roads. To improve safety for pedestrians, a new pedestrian bridge will be constructed on one side of the river. A pedestrian underpass linking both sides of the wider road is being considered to further improve access and provide for a safer crossing of the road.

The Rogers bridge project is another significant plan is to connect to Duluth via reconstructing a bike/pedestrian bridge across the Chattahoochee River. The engineers will determine whether to replace or rehabilitate the existing Rogers Bridge over the Chattahoochee River, will take into account the environmental impacts of each option, and will restore the working bike/pedestrian connection between Duluth and Johns Creek. This will allow access to the planned 133 acre parkland under development in Johns Creek, and will allow Fulton County residents access to Rogers Bridge Park, the Chattapoochee Dog Park, and the Western Gwinnett Bikeway currently under development by Gwinnett County.[39]

Law enforcement

The Johns Creek Police Department[40] launched April 27, 2008, and the fire department[41] launched October 27, 2008. The police department was certified by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police and accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement within two years of the department's formation.

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