The City of Dunwoody
Dunwoody retains a long and rich history dating back hundreds of years with the first settlers arriving in the early 1800’s. The City of Dunwoody is nestled at the most northern tip of DeKalb County, bordered by Fulton County on the north and west, Interstate 285 to the south, and Gwinnett County on the northeast. Officially, the City limit extends only to the DeKalb County line in the north. Dunwoody officially became a city in December 2008, but the area has been known as Dunwoody for over 30 years. The population of Dunwoody is approximately 40,000, but 100,000 people commute daily to Dunwoody to work in Perimeter Center. As late as the 1970s, Dunwoody was mostly farm land. The area where Perimeter Mall is today was a pasture filled with farm animals. Perimeter Mall is the south's second-largest shopping mall with 18 million visitors per year. Many people (including residents!) are often confused about the dividing line between Dunwoody and Sandy Springs. It's easy to remember when you know this - all of Dunwoody is in DeKalb County and all of Sandy Springs is in Fulton County. Dunwoody is just "one stop from Tokyo" with three MARTA stations that will take you directly to Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Dunwoody is home to the voice of Hollywood, Ryan Seacrest. Considered one of the safest cities in Georgia, Dunwoody has its own police force with one officer to every 847 people. One of Dunwoody's most historic buildings dates from 1829. The Ebenezer Primitive Baptist Church, at the corner of Roberts Drive and Spalding Drive, is still active to this date and is also home to one of the city's oldest cemeteries, where many of the founding fathers of Dunwoody are buried. The Dunwoody area was pioneered in the early 1830s and is named for Major Charles Dunwoody (1828-1905), an extra "o" was added with the incorrect spelling of the name on a banking note. Dunwoody gives visitors a reason to pack their favorite shopping shoes: the 200-plus specialty shops at Perimeter Mall and the singularly charming boutiques of Dunwoody Village.