(population approximately 30,000) is an area of Fulton County, Georgia which became incorporated as a city on December 1, 2006. According to special legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly in March 2006, and signed by the governor of Georgia in April 2006, it was created out of the entire unincorporated northwestern part of northern Fulton County, bounded by the cities of Roswell and Alpharetta on the south, and the counties of Forsyth on the east and Cherokee on the north and west. A referendum was held on July 18, and the citizens voted, with 86% in favor, to make Milton a city.
Milton was not named for any of its historic communities, but rather because northern Fulton County (generally north of the Chattahoochee River) is almost entirely the former Milton County, which was in turn named for either John Milton or Homer V. Milton. It has been proposed that the county be re-created, an issue expected to come before the legislature in 2008. Incorporation may be a step toward this or may simply be a means by which to minimize the impact of Fulton County government, including the Fulton County Commission.
Former communities within Milton's city limits include Birmingham, Field's Cross Roads, and Crabapple. The Arnold Mill is also located on Georgia 140 (Arnold Mill Road).
Milton's current City Manager is Christopher J. Lagerbloom, Milton's former Public Safety Director.
Milton is centered at (34.1321631, -84.3006660), as first officially recognized by the USGS GNIS in December 2006. The elevation is about 298 meters or 978 feet AMSL.
, the USPS (per www.usps.gov) recognizes Milton as a valid alias for ZIP code 30004, which is served from the Alpharetta post office.
The city of Milton estimates its area to be about 23,000 acres (93 km²).