Formed in 1870 by a citizenry of 16 families, the name East Point was derived from being located at the opposite end of the former Atlanta & West Point Railroad from West Point, Georgia. The City of was charted in 1887 and is comprised of an ethnically diverse community. Between 2010 and 2014, the overall population grew 5.3%. With over 35,000 residents, and more than 17,000 households, it is the fifth largest city in Fulton county.
Conveniently located just five minutes from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, and 10 minutes from downtown Atlanta, East Point is home to the Camp Creek Marketplace, Camp Creek Business Center, South Meadow Business Park, and several Fortune 500 Companies. The city is primed for the future with its strong economic development team in tow, including an Economic Development Specialist and the East Point Main Street Association (EPMSA). EPMSA has been integral in helping develop the City’s crown jewel – the Historic Downtown District. The District was designed to create a central gathering place of pride and heritage, while strengthening the tax base, promoting tourism, and increasing public and private investments.
East Point is a quaint, and ethnically diverse urban and friendly community that offers the full amenities of in-town living. The City attracts everyone from young professionals to active adults, and boasts over 25 unique and affordable historic neighborhoods, including the beautiful Jefferson Park, known for its charming bungalows, cottages, and Cape Cod style homes. In addition, residents, businesses and visitors alike enjoy light traffic and easy access to the MARTA bus and rail transportation system, as well as the Historic Downtown District and Camp Creek Marketplace.
The bustling Historic Downtown District is surrounded by several residences, like the newly restored Lofts of East Point, as well as businesses, large and small, and a variety of restaurants, including East Point Corner Tavern, Louisiana Bistreaux, Oz Pizza, Taco Pete, and Malone’s Steak & Seafood. During the year, a number of festivals and other special events take place. The Taste of East Point, Destination East Point Fall Festival and the 4th of July Fireworks Celebration are just a few of the annual events that people enjoy.
With over a million square feet of commercial and retail space, the Camp Creek Marketplace features 100 shops, boutiques and restaurants, as well as hotels and special attractions, including the only Velodrome in the world that has a green space and creek running through the in-field. The 1/5 of a mile and 36° banked concrete track for bicycle racing is located in the residential part of the tranquil and historic, Sumner Park.
The proposed Fort McPherson/Tyler Perry movie studio complex is expected to give the city a boost in population, jobs and housing.
East Point is increasingly becoming a popular live, work and play area, and is a warm and welcoming place for people of all ages, races and cultures.