|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. Also, unincorporated areas near Interstate 285, in Clayton County and Gwinnett County, use Atlanta postal addresses, while not being a part of the City of Atlanta.
The city of Atlanta, Georgia is made up of 243 neighborhoods officially defined by the city. These neighborhoods are a mix of traditional neighborhoods, subdivisions, or groups of subdivisions. The neighborhoods are grouped by the city planning department into 25 neighborhood planning units (NPUs). These NPUs are "citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues". There are a variety of other widely recognized named areas within the city. Some are officially designated, while others are more informal.
In addition to the officially designated neighborhoods, many other named areas exist. Several larger areas, consisting of multiple neighborhoods, are not formally defined but commonly used. Most notable are Buckhead, Midtown, and Downtown. Other smaller examples exist, such as Little Five Points, which encompasses parts of three neighborhoods. Some of these regions may overlap, such as West Midtown, an area which includes several neighborhoods on the west side of the larger Midtown area.
Some of these areas are connected with community groups such as Midtown Alliance or Community improvement districts (CIDs) such as the Buckhead CID. While those organizations often have an associated definition of the areas they represent, those definitions may not be the same as the common usage. Less formally, some areas of the city are referred to by compass directions, such as Southwest Atlanta.
The term "intown" is historically most commonly used to refer to any neighborhoods close to the central part of the city.
Sometimes Bolton and Hills Park are also included (see below: Northwestern Atlanta)
The Little Five Points district is located where Inman Park and Candler Park meet.
See also: SWATS