The city of Sandy Springs was incorporated in December 2005. It is a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia located in Fulton County, just south of Roswell. The city is named for the sandy springs that still exist in the city as a protected historic site. Sandy Springs is Georgia’s sixth-largest city, with an estimated 2006 population of 97,898.
Sandy Springs is home to several Fortune 500 companies, including United Parcel Service and Newell Rubbermaid. Mirant Corporation a Fortune 1000 company is also based in the city. The city is also home to AT&T, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, InterContinental Hotels Group, IBM Internet Security Systems, Northside Hospital, Porsche Cars North America, Spectrum Brands and Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
The city’s largest business district is the Roswell Road corridor and Perimeter Center (although Perimeter Mall itself lies in adjacent DeKalb County). Perimeter Center, which is the biggest edge city in the Atlanta area, includes many high-rise buildings, including the 570-foot Concourse Towers, which are often identified locally as the “king and queen” towers because of their distinctive architecture. Just south of this business district, across I-285, is a major medical center, anchored by Northside Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and Saint Joseph’s Hospital.
Sandy Springs is one of metro Atlanta’s most affluent residential communities. The city and the surrounding area are experiencing rapid residential development. The trend of luxury high-rise condominium development, in particular, has expanded past Atlanta’s Midtown, Buckhead and Olympic Park neighborhoods to Sandy Springs.