Alpharetta has the 434th largest population in the United States. The population grew by 10.8% from 2010 to 2015, which was faster than the national average. Alpharetta is part of the Atlanta metro area. Unemployment in the Atlanta area is 4.6%, which is higher than the national average, and is getting better. Atlanta has the 10th largest local economy in the US, and a high cost of living. The average pay for jobs in Alpharetta is below average at $49,430, and the median cost of a home in Alpharetta is $316,800, which is above the national average. 62% of workers in Alpharetta hold a bachelors degree or higher (above average), and 96% of workers have a high school degree (above average). Driving to work is especially common in Alpharetta. 72% of Alpharetta workers drive to work alone, 7% take public transit, 8% carpool, and 11% walk. People in Alpharetta spend an average of 26 minutes commuting to work, which is shorter than the national average of 26 minutes.