Johns Creek is a city located in Fulton County in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population was 76,728. The city is a northeastern suburb of Atlanta. According to Money Magazine, Johns Creek is the 13th highest-earning city in the United States. 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 their 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. The city was named for a tributary that runs through the area. In November 2006, the city’s first elected officials were voted into office, with the City of Johns Creek becoming official December 1, 2006.
Johns Creek has metro Atlanta’s only part-time, fully professional symphony orchestra, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra Under the leadership of Music Director, J. Wayne Baughman, the orchestra performs several times each 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. 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 four-mile (6 km) Greenway along Georgia 141 also 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.
Johns Creek’s public schools consistently place among the top in the nation. Chattahoochee High School, River Trail Middle School, and Dolvin Elementary are National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Northview High School has three times won the Governor’s Cup for the state’s highest SAT scores.
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