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Peachtree City, Georgia

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Peachtree City, Georgia

"Plan to Stay"
Location in Fayette County and the state of Georgia
Location in Fayette County and the state of Georgia
Peachtree City, Georgia is located in the United States
Peachtree City, Georgia
Peachtree City, Georgia
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°23′56.37″N 84°34′14.24″W / 33.3989917°N 84.5706222°W / 33.3989917; -84.5706222
CountryUnited States
Founded byJoel Cowan
 • MayorVanessa Fleisch
 • Total25.4 sq mi (65.9 km2)
 • Land24.6 sq mi (63.6 km2)
 • Water0.9 sq mi (2.4 km2)
899 ft (274 m)
 • Total34,364
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,400/sq mi (540.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)678, 770, 404
FIPS code13-59724[2]
GNIS feature ID0320310[3]

Peachtree City is the largest city in Fayette County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, it had a population of 34,364.[4] Peachtree City is located in South Metro Atlanta.

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Some American cities have buses. Some use trams and trains. And there's one... that uses golf carts. - My name is Vanessa Fleisch and I am the mayor of Peachtree City, Georgia. It's a small city of about 35,000 people that is about 20 minutes south of Atlanta. It's asphalt paths, we have over 100 miles of them. They range from 8 feet to 10 feet wide in some places. They're used for golf carts mostly. We have over 11,000 registered golf carts in the city. Obviously, pedestrians, bicyclists, all kinds of traffic is on these paths. Morning! - You do have to register them? - Yes, you do. The people in the city do register them. - There's someone else approaching us now. I assume it's like regular roads. You pass on the right and... - Correct. - Yeah? - Yeah. - It's a parallel road network, basically. - The majority of the city is accessible by carts and that's a huge attraction because parents can pick up their kids at school if they want to. - And some of the kids can drive themselves? - Yes, the younger kids or the sophomores at the local high schools are allowed with their learner's permit to drive their carts to school. - Wow. - It's a bit of freedom that they enjoy. - And I guess if it's limited to 20 miles an hour, there's less of a chance of a bad bump. So, this is the high school. - This is. There's parking at the high school for 615 carts. - That is a lot of golf carts. Do all the students leave at once here? Is it just a traffic jam of golf carts? - It is a traffic jam of golf carts and it's not always pretty. - Some of them have a limiter? - They do, but sometimes they can be removed and they go faster than they should, which isn't good. - No, that's exactly what I'd have done at age 15 with my own golf cart. I would have removed the limiter on it. - Some of the carts have heaters inside them and radios. You can soup them up as much as you want really. After they saw the popularity in the '70s what they did was they required, whenever there was a new subdivision of houses built, that they connected the paths. For the most part, the cart paths are laid out at the same time they lay out the roads. - So, what are the road rules here? It's like you're in a regular vehicle, you've just got more paths that you can go on? - Yes, and if there is no path, you are allowed to be on the road, but that's why we've expanded the paths because we're trying to keep people off of them as much as possible. Sometimes people who have never been here have been caught on cart paths with their cars thinking that that's the right thing to do. - Wow! - I wanted to take you through a drive-thru. So up here is McDonald's. - I'm still getting over the fact that I'm in a drive-thru in a golf cart! - Thank you. - Should point out, not sponsored. This is not product placement. - The brakes on this are very good. I'm sorry, it's very abrupt on them. - Better than the alternative. Peachtree City was a planned community, right? - Correct. - How did it go from "we're gonna build some houses here" to we're gonna have something that that I don't think any other city in America has? - It got started originally as a lake retreat for Atlanta residents. And the people who were here, basically only on the weekends, they started taking their golf carts on the roads leaving from playing golf. This whole separate network came up as a result of that to get them off the roads on their way home. - So, this was founded in the 1950s. - 1959 by Joel Cowan. He was a college student when he designed and founded this city. - Wow. - It's very quiet... See what I mean? - Death wish, good grief! - Along here, this is Lake Peachtree-- - Sorry, I got distracted by ducks. - The Founder, Mr. Cowan and his cousin were the ones that put up the dam and spillway originally that made this lake. 100,000 gallons a second goes over this. People do pay taxes to pay towards these roads. It costs us $1.8 million a year to maintain what we have as well as the 29 bridges and 29 tunnels. - This is a pretty affluent city, which I guess is one of the reasons that the golf cart paths work, but there are a lot of cities like that in America and I'm trying to work out why it's worked here and it hasn't elsewhere. - Most mayors when they see or hear about us and they think "oh, we can do that", well, they've got older cities, so they really can't. - And I guess part of it is cost. Part of it is you need a huge amount of upkeep and tax and everything to make this work, but it's also because you need to set the whole thing up or it doesn't work. You can't have a quarter of a cart network because no one will buy a cart and no one will use it. You need to connect everything or it's not worth it. - Right. - Lovely! Thank you very much. - Thank you. - You can find out more about Peachtree City in the links in the description. I've just realised there's no seat belts on this. - No.



Peachtree City is located in western Fayette County in the southern Atlanta metro area. It is bordered to the west by Coweta County and to the north by the city of Tyrone. It is crossed by Georgia State Route 74 and Georgia State Route 54. SR 54 leads east 10 miles (16 km) to Fayetteville, the county seat, and southwest 17 miles (27 km) to Luthersville. Newnan is 12 miles (19 km) to the west via SR 54 and SR 34. SR 74, the Joel Cowan Parkway, runs through the west side of Peachtree City, leading north 6 miles (10 km) to Tyrone and 11 miles (18 km) to Interstate 85 near Fairburn. Downtown Atlanta is 31 miles (50 km) to the north via SR 74 and I-85.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Peachtree City has a total area of 25.4 square miles (65.9 km2), of which 24.6 square miles (63.6 km2) is land and 0.93 square miles (2.4 km2), or 3.57%, is water.[2] The city is in the watershed of Line Creek, which forms the western city boundary and county line, and is a south-flowing tributary of the Flint River.

Peachtree City has three lakes. Lake Kedron to the north is a reservoir that supplies Lake Peachtree to the south via Flat Creek. Lake Kedron is owned by the Fayette County Authority, and is managed so as to keep Lake Peachtree full whenever there is a lack of rain and still allow for recreational use of the lake during droughts. Lake Kedron is not afforded any recreational use except for fishing. Lake McIntosh, the newest lake, close to Planterra, has now reached full pool.[5]

Shakerag Hill, with an elevation of 980 feet (300 m), is the highest point in the city and sits on the eastern border at the intersection of GA Hwy 54 and Robinson Road.



  • In 1957, Flat Creek was dammed to create Lake Peachtree.[6]
  • In 1959, Joel Cowan established the city's network of golf cart paths.[7]
  • In 1965, the Peachtree City volunteer fire department was created. The one-car Peachtree City police department was created as well.
  • In 1968, Falcon Field airport was founded by Joel Cowan as Peachtree City-Falcon Field. Peachtree City Elementary School opened as well.
  • In 1972, Peachtree City was granted its own ZIP code (30269).
  • In 1974, the Peachtree City Public Library opened. The Georgia state legislature passed legislation permitting golf carts to be operated on city streets.
  • In 1975, Peachtree City was named "one of America's best suburbs" by Ladies' Home Journal magazine.
  • In 1976, Peachtree City got its own telephone exchange (487). Residents then had to dial "8" to reach Atlanta, which remained the case until digital equipment was installed in 1988.
  • In 1976, Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater (then known as the Peachtree City Amphitheater) was built as a Bicentennial project and opened to the public with the production "The MacIntosh Trail", which told the story of Creek Chief William McIntosh and the Trail of Tears. (It was intended as a tourist attraction similar to the Cherokee, North Carolina, production of Unto These Hills.) When further funding was not forthcoming the project went into foreclosure. Peachtree City purchased the amphitheater at the courthouse steps in 1977.
  • In 1979, the first traffic light within city limits was installed at the intersection of Georgia State Route 54 and Georgia State Route 74.
  • In 1981, McIntosh High School opened.
  • In 1983, Peachtree City held a free music festival to celebrate the opening of several new shops and stores, including the Galaxy Games arcade. Several local bands played at the free event, including "Alliance".
  • In 1984, Hoshizaki America, Inc. builds corporate headquarters, warehousing and manufacturing facility in Peachtree City
  • In 1992, Peachtree City altered the length of the mayoral and council members' terms of office from two to four years. Term limits were enacted to restrict both mayor and council members to a maximum of two four-year terms.
  • In 1994, the first Summer Concert Series premiered at Frederick Brown, Jr. Amphitheater on June 17, 1994, to a sold-out audience. The first concert featured Three Dog Night.
  • In 1994, the National Weather Service central office relocated from Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
  • In 1994, Fuller Life Chiropractic Center opened its initial office.
  • In 1996, the Olympic flame passed through on its way to Atlanta.
  • In 2001, the city was designated a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation.[8]
  • In 2002, Peachtree City (specifically Starr's Mill) was a filming location for the movie Sweet Home Alabama.
  • In 2007, the city announced a plan to formally annex an unincorporated area between Georgia State Route 74 and the border with Coweta County that is commonly referred to as "The West Village", or "Wilksmoor Village".
  • In 2013, the 650-acre Lake McIntosh opened for public use
The official flag of Peachtree City, outside City Hall
The official flag of Peachtree City, outside City Hall


In July 2005, CNN/Money and Money magazine ranked Peachtree City eighth on its list of the "100 Best Places to Live in the United States".[9] In July 2007, in the same award, the city was ranked 64th.[10] In July 2009, Peachtree City was ranked eighth on the list.[11] In August 2011, Peachtree City ranked 91st on the list.[12]

Peachtree City was ranked number one for "Best Places to Raise Kids" in the state of Georgia, according to Bloomberg Business Week (December 2012).[13]

In 2017, Peachtree City was ranked as the safest city in Georgia, among the top 5th percentile safest cities in America, based on the FBI crime data.[14]

In 2019, Expedia, ranked Peachtree City as No.1 city among the best places to visit in USA because of the cultures and landscapes that define the best of the country.[15]


  • Hoshizaki America, Inc. has its corporate headquarters and a warehousing and manufacturing facility in Peachtree City and employs over 700 people throughout the United States. It is a major supplier of Ice Machines /icemakers, Refrigerated Display Cases, Dispensers, Prep Tables, Commercial Refrigerators and Freezer for foodservice, hotels, restaurants, hospitals & nursing homes, schools and convenience stores.[16]

Other large employers in Peachtree City's industrial park include:[17]

  • Sany, a Chinese multinational heavy machinery manufacturer[18]
  • TDK Corporation, a media storage device manufacturer[19]
  • Avery Dennison, a paper product company that manufactures decals and other adhesives
  • NCR Corporation, formerly National Cash Register, a company that manufactures ATMs (ABM, computers and software

In addition to working within the city, many Peachtree Citians commute to Atlanta. Airlines, such as Delta, United, and Southwest, are major employers.

Peachtree City is the city of license for WRDG (96.7 FM), an alternative rock radio station.


Peachtree City has several golf and country clubs.



On January 8, 2016, the Premier Development League awarded a soccer franchise to Peachtree City. The Peachtree City MOBA football club's inaugural season was the 2016 season. The team is owned by Volker Harms, the owner of the state-of-the-art MOBA Soccer Academy in Peachtree City, and managed by former professional footballer Omar Jarun. The club plays out of MOBA Soccer Stadium at MOBA Soccer Academy.[20]


As of January 2014, the mayor of Peachtree City is Vanessa Fleisch. Council members include Kim Learnard, Eric Imker, Terry Ernst, and Mike King.

Fleisch is the first female mayor in the city's history.


Climate data for Peachtree City, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
Average high °F (°C) 55
Average low °F (°C) 30
Record low °F (°C) −8
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.58
Source: [21]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201835,766[1]4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[22]

As of the 2000 census,[23] there were 31,580 people, 10,876 households, and 8,874 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.3 inhabitants per square mile (510.2/km2). There were 11,313 housing units at an average density of 486.1 per square mile (187.7/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 89.66% White, 4.11% African American, 0.16% Native American, 3.70% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.92% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.75% of the population.

There were 10,876 households out of which 47.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.8% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 16.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.25.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 26.2% from 45 to 64, and 8.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.7 males.

According to a 2007 estimate, the median income for a household in the city was $84,339, and the median income for a family was $96,880.[24]


Primary and secondary schools

Peachtree City is served by the Fayette County School System.

Elementary schools that serve the city include:

  • Peeples Elementary School (Unincorporated Fayette County)
  • Braelinn Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Huddleston Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Kedron Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Oak Grove Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Peachtree City Elementary School (Peachtree City)
  • Crabapple Lane Elementary School (Peachtree City)

Middle schools that serve the city include:

High schools that serve the city include:

Private and non-traditional schools include:

  • Our Lady of Victory Catholic School (Grades K-8) - elementary and middle school located in Tyrone
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic High School - located in Fayetteville
  • The Campus (Grades 1-12)
  • Trinity Christian School (grades 1-12) - grades 1-8 are at the main campus; high school is at the old Crossroads Church
  • Landmark Christian School (Grades 1-5) - this is an elementary campus; main campus is located in Fairburn, serving grades K4-12
  • St. Paul Lutheran School (grades pre-K-8) - elementary and middle school, located inside Peachtree City at the intersection of Georgia Highway 74 and Ardenlee Drive

Colleges and universities

Universities that serve the city include:

  • Clayton State University - This facility is at the north end of Peachtree Pkwy in Peachtree City. It offers dual-credit enrollment program for high school students. Fayette has an instructional site with undergraduate degrees in business, psychology, integrative studies, administrative management, and technology management, and an MBA program with a concentration in logistics and supply chain management.
  • Point University (Former Atlanta Christian College) - This campus offers the Access program for adult learners and the dual-credit enrollment program for high school students.

The Phi Mu sorority is headquartered in Peachtree City.[25]

Film and television

Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva was filmed in Peachtree City and surrounding areas of Fayette and Coweta County.[26] With Raleigh Studios in nearby Senoia, Peachtree City has often been the backdrop for episodes of other series, such as The Walking Dead.[27] Scenes from the film Joyful Noise were shot there as well.[28]


Golf carts

Peachtree City has a system of golf cart paths which spider across the town and provide a secondary means of access to almost any destination within city limits. These multi-use paths stretch for more than 90 miles (140 km) throughout the city. Many places of business have specially designated golf cart parking spaces. The Peachtree City Police Department has several golf carts used to patrol along these paths.[29]

Over 9,000 households own a golf cart, and use them as an extra vehicle for local transportation. Children aged twelve or over may operate a cart on Peachtree City cart paths with a parent, grandparent or guardian in the front seat. Unaccompanied fifteen-year-olds with valid Georgia learner's permits are allowed to operate golf carts alone. Students at McIntosh High School are encouraged to drive family golf carts to school because of limited car parking. In 2015, Starr's Mill High School opened a golf-cart specific lot. The golf cart paths are used also by cyclists, joggers, and pedestrians as a safer alternative to the side of the road. In February 2003, Golf Digest magazine discussed the traffic congestion caused by use of golf carts in the city.[30]


Atlanta Regional Airport, also known as Falcon Field, is a general aviation airport that provides chartered air service. Since 1987, it has grown from having about 60 aircraft based at the airport to about 165. The runway is 5,220 feet (1,590 m) long and holds up to 60,000 pounds (27,000 kg) of aircraft. It mainly serves Peachtree City's business residents, but also serves as a place of entertainment for people interested. There is a viewing area provided for the public to watch aircraft take-off and land. The airport hosts many events throughout the year, including the Great Georgia Air Show. The airport is the location of a National Weather Service radar station, Southeast River Forecast Center,[31] and Weather Forecast Office,[32] which serves 96 counties in northern and central Georgia.

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport provides commercial service and is located 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Peachtree City via Georgia State Route 74 and Interstate 85.

Peachtree City was designated a foreign-trade zone by the U.S. Customs Service. In the U.S., a foreign-trade zone is a site in or near a U.S. Customs port of entry (in this case Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport), designated free of customs entry procedures.

Notable people


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