Alberton is one of the most popular residential areas with most of its workers commuting to a nearby town, suburb or city to earn their livelihood.
From a town planning perspective, Alberton is truly unique in that is does not have a reason for its location apart from its proximity to the major population centre. It boasts large industrial areas and has now become a part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. There are a variety of shopping centres, libraries, clinics, hospitals and entertainment facilities available here. The massive East Rand Shopping Mall is just minutes away.
Over the years development sprawled out into adjacent areas, and today Alberton is made up of 19 suburbs: