Sandy Springs, named after the sand springs which are now protected as a historic site, is a newly incorporated city that was previously known as Hammond. The city is the seventh largest in the state with an estimated 85,781 residents (2000). Sandy Springs lies north of Atlanta and south of Roswell and is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, Georgia-Alabama Combined Statistical Area.
The Sandy Springs area experienced a housing boom shortly after World War II. The establishment of two major highways that connected the area directly to Atlanta during the 1960s and 1970s further spurred economic and urban development. The city is now one of metro Atlanta's most affluent residential communities. The trend of luxury high-rise condominium development has expanded past Atlanta's Midtown, Buckhead, and Olympic Park neighborhoods and is now in Sandy Springs.
In late 2006, Sandy Springs purchased 11 parks and greenspace areas from the county. These include Abernathy Park, Allen Road Park, Big Trees Forest Preserve, East Conway Drive Park,Ed Morey Pocket Park, Hammond Park, Island Ford Park, Johnson Ferry Road Greenspace, Morgan Falls Park, North Fulton Tennis Center, Ridgeview Park, and the Sandy Springs Historic Site.
The city's largest business district is the Roswell Road corridor and the Perimeter Center that includes many high-rise buildings such as the 570-foot Concourse Towers, known as "the King and Queen towers". Just south of this business district, is a major medical center, anchored by Northside Hospital, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and Saint Joseph's Hospital. Sandy Springs is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including UPS, Mirant, Beazer Homes, and Newell Rubbermaid. Spectrum Brands, the Fortune 1000 company that manufactures Rayovac and Remington brand batteries and personal grooming products, is also based in Sandy Springs.