Milton is affectionately known by those who live there as “Twenty thousand people living in forty square miles.” This rural flavor is what sets Milton apart from its sister cities of Roswell, Alpharetta and Johns Creek in North Fulton. There are still many horse farms who still call Milton home. Milton is almost entirely residential and agricultural. The only commercial activity is along Highway 9, a bit along the North side of Windward Parkway and the shopping area at Birmingham Crossroads.
The rural nature of Milton is something that its residents and government are striving to preserve even as new developments encroach upon former pasture land. Indeed, the desire to have more control over land use issues and the future of the community was one of the primary driving forces behind the incorporation of the City of Milton. Today, Milton is one of the most desirable areas to live if you prefer a more rural environment but still with easy access to shopping, restaurants and an excellent cluster of public schools.