Milton is a rural/suburban community incorporated in 2006 from the unincorporated part of northern Fulton County. In 2011, Milton was recognized as the community having the highest quality of life in the state of Georgia and the ninth highest in the Southeast by The Business Journals "On Numbers" quality-of-life survey. The city embraces small-town life and heritage while preserving its rural character. Milton was certified as a NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in 2013. In 2016, residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of a $25 million greenspace bond to acquire land for parks, trails, and greenspace including conservation land, wildlife habitats, and natural areas. The city has currently conserved over 400 acres as permanent greenspace.