The ZIP code was implemented in 1963, with the acronym — it stands for Zone Improvement Plan — intentionally chosen “ to indicate that mail travels more quickly when senders mark the postal code on their packages and envelopes,” dictionary.com states.
Atlanta has nearly 100 ZIP codes, and we asked readers last week which is their favorite. We got more than 2,000 responses, and three were neck and neck to the finish, with only eight votes separating them.
In fifth place was 30075, home to Roswell. “ZIP code 30075 is located in northwest Georgia and covers a slightly less than average land area compared to other ZIP codes in the United States. It also has a slightly higher than average population density,” unitedstateszipcodes.org states. It’s land area is 29.82 square miles.
In fourth place was 30060, home of Marietta. This ZIP code’s land area is only 16.35 miles, with a population of 34,562. “The number of people in their late 20s to early 40s is extremely large while the number of young adults is large. There are also an extremely small number of families,” unitedstateszipcodes.org states.
In third place, with 438 votes, was 30004. Home to Alpharetta, this ZIP code covers 57.39 square miles. The median home value is $323,900 and median household income is $95,922. The AJC recently launched an Alpharetta community section in the ePaper. It will appear each Thursday.
In second place, with 440 votes, was 30305, home to Buckhead. The smallest ZIP code among our winners, it covers just 6.44 square miles with a population of 22,999. The median home value in 30305 is $469,000.
Our 2020 winner of best ZIP code in metro Atlanta, with 446 votes, is 30030. Home to Decatur, this ZIP code is just slightly larger than 30305. It is 6.51 square miles with a population of 26,473. The Decatur Square is a popular gathering place throughout the year, whether you’re there to dine, or take in a festival or concert.
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