Introduction to Roswell, Georgia

Roswell is located in Fulton County. Frommer's ranked Roswell third in their book titled "Best Places to Raise Your Family." CNN named the town as one of the best places to live in the country. In 2006, it was ranked as the 18th safest city in the country by City Crime Rankings, published by Morgan Quinto Press. The municipality is named in tribute to the original settler, Roswell King and features numerous historic homes from the 1800's.


During the middle of the 1830's Roswell King selected the area to establish a cotton mill. He built the mill, homes, infrastructure and buildings for the new town with slave labor. The mill became one of the largest in Northern Georgia. Soon, other settlers arrived and established additional plantations and brought slaves with them. The cotton mills were a major factor for the economy.

The town was chartered in 1854. During the Civil War, the Union Army took control of the city. They burned down the mills but they did not destroy the homes. When the war was over, Barrington King constructed new mills. Some freed slaves chose to stay in Roswell and worked for wages on the plantations or took jobs in the city.


  • The Archibald Smith Plantation Home includes numerous artifacts and slave quarters. It's listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Bulloch Hall features Greek Revival architecture. It's the former home of Martha Bulloch, the mother of President Theodore Roosevelt.
  • Primrose Cottage was one of the first homes built in Roswell and hosts a variety of events.
  • Teaching Museum North.
  • Barrington Hall is an excellent example of Greek Revival Temple architecture and is included in the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Foster House.
  • Town Square.
  • Brantley-Newton House.
  • Heart of Roswell features distinctive shops, restaurants and numerous art galleries.
  • Roswell Cultural Arts Center.
  • Possum Trot serves as an antique mall.


Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area features numerous historic sites along the river. It also provides several areas for recreational activities including Cochran Shoals which is popular for walking, bicycle riding and jogging. It offers visitors opportunities to see the area's wildlife.

The Chattahoochee Nature Center is situated on a large acreage and serves as a environmental education facility. It provides four nature trails that traverse through wetlands and wooded areas. Horseshoe Bend Country Club features a beautiful golf course located along the Chattahoochee River.

Festivals and Parades

  • The Roswell Memorial Day Festival is one of the largest in the state.
  • Roswell Roots celebrates African-American history and culture.
  • Riverside Sounds Concert Series.
  • Roswell Youth Day Parade and Festival is a popular event.
  • Roswell Criterium Bicycle Race and Historic Roswell Kiwanis Kids Bike Safety Rodeo.
  • Keep Roswell Beautiful Duck Race.


Total Population 93,471
Male Share of the Population 50.4%
Female Share of the Population 49.6%
Senior Citizens 11.7%
Employed Population 16+ 48,294
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 53.9%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 55.6%
Median Earnings25+ $46,184
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,288
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,366


Median Family Income $104,134
% Above Poverty Level 90.7%
% Below Poverty Level 9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 28 minutes
% Working from Home 8.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 2.8%


People Living Alone 27.1%
Median Gross Rent $1,032
Median House Value $297,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 38.1%
US/American 0%
English 11.8%
Irish 10.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Roswell Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 19 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia
County Fulton
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30075, 30076
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30077
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.023
Longitude -84.361

Roswell Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 3.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Station JASPER 1 NNW
Distance 33.5 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 86 F
Oct Temp 47 to 69 F
Annual Precip 60.7 inches
Distance 34.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Roswell, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sandy Plains (30075)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alpharetta 62,054 $110,000
Chamblee 27,654 $46,932
Doraville 10,650 $40,192
Dunwoody 47,727 $105,979
Norcross 16,103 $40,131
Sandy Springs 100,691 $99,907

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Roswell Hospitals

(770) 751-2500
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 15.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 15

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Student/teacher ratio: 16.5

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