Neighborhoods in Atlanta

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Note: many unincorporated communities in DeKalb County and Cobb County, Georgia adjacent to Atlanta, including Druid Hills CDP and North Druid Hills, both in Dekalb County and Cumberland, Georgia and Vinings, Georgia, both in Cobb County use "Atlanta" in their postal address but are not part of the City of Atlanta. See DeKalb County and Cobb County, Georgia


The City of Atlanta is divided into 242 neighborhoods officially defined by the city. These "neighborhoods" are a mix of

  • traditional neighborhoods
  • subdivisions or groups of subdivisions
  • core areas such as Downtown and Midtown

The neighborhoods are divisions of 25 neighborhood planning units or NPUs, which are "citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues".[1]


The term "district" in Atlanta is generally used for small areas within the official neighborhoods. Downtown and Midtown Atlanta each contain a number of districts. Another example is Little Five Points, which sits on the border of 3 official neighborhoods.

In addition, Atlanta has various other divisions such as business improvement districts, police patrol zones, and in the unique case of Buckhead, a "community". Most of Atlanta north of I-75 and I-85 is part of the "Buckhead Community".


Although all of Atlanta is officially divided into Neighborhood Planning Units, it is more common in the news media[2] to refer to the larger areas of the city in one of three ways:

  • Downtown, Midtown, and most of the central, east-central, west-central neighborhoods are referred to by their names, as these are well known throughout the Atlanta metro area, and most contain regional "destinations", such as the Zoo in Grant Park, or the shops and restaurants in Virginia Highland (other examples include East Lake, East Atlanta, Ormewood, Bankhead, and Kirkwood, though they are not limited to these).
  • Buckhead neighborhoods are referred to collectively as Buckhead – this covers the entire northern fifth of the city (north of I-75 and I-85)
  • Other areas are generally referred to as part of either "Northwest", "Southwest", or "Southeast Atlanta". However, "East Atlanta" refers to a small neighborhood which is part of the 'W' group NPU and does not have the same connotation as the other directional descriptors.

Neighborhoods (by area)

The city lies in three counties in Georgia: primarily in Fulton, and partly in DeKalb to the east, and part Clayton south of the county
- Numbers to the right of the neighborhood indicate its position on the map above
- "n" is a link to the corresponding neighborhood association
- "h" indicates a link to the homepage of the corresponding historic district (if the neighborhood is one)

Intown Atlanta

The term "intown" is more commonly used to refer to any neighborhoods within the central part of the city.

Neighborhoods of Intown Atlanta

The Little Five Points district is located where Inman Park and Candler Park meet.

Southeastern Atlanta

Southwestern Atlanta

Southwest Atlanta

Northwestern Atlanta

Northwest Atlanta




  1. "Neighborhood Planning Units", City of Atlanta Online, retrieved June 20, 2010
  3. 3.0 3.1 Midtown Alliance

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