Alpharetta, Georgia is a far northern suburb of Atlanta, and has a population of just under 79,000 people. The area started as a sleepy settlement near a spring but today is a thriving residential and commercial center. Such companies as General Electric, Hewlett-Packard, Sun Microsystems, AT&T, Siemens, Verizon, Verizon Wireless, and Alltel all maintain major offices.
Working downtown in Alpharetta is your best option if you want to be in walking distance of many restaurants and bars. However, for the majority of your travel's outside of downtown you will want to have a vehicle.