Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County Courthouse GA.jpg
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Gwinnett County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 15, 1818
Named forButton Gwinnett
Largest cityPeachtree Corners
 • Total436.72 sq mi (1,131 km2)
 • Land432.73 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Water3.99 sq mi (10 km2), 0.91%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)859,304
 • Density1,871/sq mi (525/km²)
Congressional districts4th, 7th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
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Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County Courthouse GA.jpg
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Gwinnett County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of the United States highlighting Georgia
Georgia's location in the U.S.
FoundedDecember 15, 1818
Named forButton Gwinnett
Largest cityPeachtree Corners
 • Total436.72 sq mi (1,131 km2)
 • Land432.73 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Water3.99 sq mi (10 km2), 0.91%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)859,304
 • Density1,871/sq mi (525/km²)
Congressional districts4th, 7th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

Gwinnett County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia, named for Button Gwinnett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.[1] The county is the Atlanta metropolitan area's north-eastern link to Interstate 85, and is the second most populous county in the state, after Fulton County,[2] with an estimated population of 805,321.[3]

Its county seat is Lawrenceville.[4]


Located along the Eastern Continental Divide; according to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 436.72 square miles (1,131.1 square kilometers), of which 432.73 square miles (1,120.8 square kilometers) (or 99.09%) is land and 3.99 square miles (10.3 square kilometers) (or 0.91%) is water.[5]

A portion of the county to the northwest is a part of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area chain.

The regional reservoir, Lake Lanier, at the extreme north of the county, is the central cause to the Tri-state water dispute.



The county maintains a regional airport under the name Gwinnett County Airport, formerly, Briscoe Field.

Major highways[edit]

Interstate highways[edit]

U.S. highways[edit]

State routes[edit]

Ronald Reagan Parkway[edit]

Main article: Ronald Reagan Parkway


Historical population
Est. 2013859,3046.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
2013 Estimate[7]

The county is part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area).

As of 2010, Gwinnett County had a population of 805,321. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 53.3% white (44.0% non-Hispanic white), 23.6% black (22.9% non-Hispanic black), 2.7% Korean, 2.6% Asian Indian, 2.0% Vietnamese, 3.3% other Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 8.8% some other race (0.3% non-Hispanic of some other race) and 3.1% from two or more races. 20.1% of the population was Hispanic or Latino with 10.7% of the total population, most being Mexican.[8] Gwinnett is the most racially diverse county in the state of Georgia, and one of the most racially diverse counties in the country.

There were 202,317 households out of which 42.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.70% were non-families. 18.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 3.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. Self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households account for 0.61% of all households. The average household size was 2.88 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the county the population was spread out with 28.20% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 37.50% from 25 to 44, 20.30% from 45 to 64, and 5.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 101.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $60,537, and the median income for a family was $66,693. Males had a median income of $42,343 versus $31,772 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,006. About 3.80% of families and 5.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.90% of those under age 18 and 5.50% of those age 65 or over.


Type of Government and Elections in Gwinnett County, Georgia[edit]

Under Georgia's "home rule" provision, county governments have free rein to legislate on all matters within the county, provided that such legislation does not conflict with state or federal law, or state or federal Constitutions.

Gwinnett County, Georgia is governed by a five-member Board of Commissioners, a both legislative and executive authority within the county. The chairman of the Board is elected county-wide and serves full-time. The four remainder Commissioners are elected from single-member districts and serve part-time positions. The Board hires a County Administrator who oversees day-to-day operations of the county's eleven executive departments. Gwinnett County utilizes a separate police department entity under the authority of the Board of Commissioners.

In addition to the Board of Commissioners, county residents also politically elect an official of Sheriff, District Attorney, Probate Court Judge, Clerk of State/Superior Court, Tax Commissioner, State Court Solicitor, Chief Magistrate Judge (who appoints other Magistrate Court judges), Chief Superior Court Judge and Superior Court Judges, and Chief State Court Judge and State Court Judges.

Gwinnett County has the largest public school system in the State of Georgia.

United States Congress[edit]

SenatorsNamePartyFirst ElectedLevel
 Senate Class 2Saxby ChamblissRepublican2002Senior Senator
 Senate Class 3Johnny IsaksonRepublican2004Junior Senator
RepresentativesNamePartyFirst ElectedArea(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
 District 4Hank JohnsonDemocratic2006Lilburn, Norcross
 District 7Rob WoodallRepublican2010Rest of county

Georgia General Assembly[edit]

Georgia State Senate[edit]

DistrictNamePartyFirst ElectedArea(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
 5Curt ThompsonDemocratic2004Norcross, Lilburn, Tucker
 9Don BalfourRepublican1992Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Mountain Park, Snellville
 41Steve HensonDemocratic2002Lilburn, Tucker
 45Renee UntermanRepublican2002Buford, Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee
 48David ShaferRepublican2001Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Peachtree Corners
 55Gloria ButlerDemocratic1999Centerville, Stone Mountain

Georgia House of Representatives[edit]

DistrictNamePartyFirst ElectedArea(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
 51Tom RiceRepublican1996Berkeley Lake and Peachtree Corners
 95Toney CollinsDemocratic2008Centerville and Stone Mountain
 96Pedro MarinDemocratic2002Norcross
 97Brooks ColemanRepublican1992Duluth
 98Bobby ReeseRepublican2004Buford, Rest Haven, Sugar Hill, Suwanee
 99Hugh FloydDemocratic2002Lilburn and Norcross
 100Brian ThomasDemocratic2004Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn
 101Mike CoanRepublican1996Lawrenceville
 102Clay CoxRepublican2004Lilburn, Mountain Park, Tucker
 103David CasasRepublican2002Five Forks, Lawrenceville, Lilburn
 104Valerie ClarkRepublican2010Lawrenceville
 105Donna SheldonRepublican2002Braselton, Dacula, Hamilton Mill, Hog Mountain
 106Melvin EversonRepublican2005Five Forks, Lilburn, Snellville
 107Len WalkerRepublican1994Snellville and Loganville

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners[edit]

DistrictNamePartyFirst electedArea(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
 At-Large (Chair)Charlotte J. NashRepublican2011All
 1VacantDuluth, Suwanee
 2Lynette HowardRepublican2010Berkeley Lake, Lilburn, Norcross
 3Mike BeaudreauRepublicanAuburn, Dacula, Grayson, Loganville, Snellville
 4John HeardRepublican2010Braselton, Buford, Lawrenceville, Rest Haven, Sugar Hill



The main newspaper of Gwinnett County, Georgia is the [15] Gwinnett Daily Post.

The Spanish language newspaper El Nuevo Georgia has its headquarters in unincorporated Gwinnett County, near Norcross.[16][17]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

Gwinnett County Public Schools operates the public schools (outside of the private sectors).

Private education[edit]

College & University[edit]


Minor-league affiliates of the NHL Buffalo Sabres, the Phoenix Coyotes, and the MLB Atlanta Braves play home games and talent scout in the area.

Georgia Force of Arena Football League had also played at Arena at Gwinnett Center before the team folded in 2012.

Gwinnett GladiatorsIce hockeyECHLArena at Gwinnett Center
Gwinnett BravesBaseballInternational LeagueCoolray Field

Gwinnett also hosts the Gwinnett Rugby International Touring Squad, a Division 3 Men's Rugby Team.



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 146. 
  2. ^ CO-EST2009-ALLDATA.csv
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  8. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Gwinnett County from the US Census]
  9. ^ "Contact Us." American Megatrends. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  10. ^ "Contact NCR." NCR Corporation. Retrieved on November 29, 2009.
  11. ^ "OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF NORCROSS." City of Norcross. Retrieved on May 29, 2011.
  12. ^ "Contact Us." Primerica. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  13. ^ "Contact Us." Waffle House.that doesent make sense Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  14. ^ Woods, Mark. "If this is what it gets to, it's bad." The Florida Times-Union. May 3, 2009. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
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  16. ^ "Contáctenos." El Nuevo Georgia. Retrieved on September 18, 2012.
  17. ^ "Media Kit 2011." (English) (Archive) El Nuevo Georgia. p. 7. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "5855 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071"
  18. ^ "Map" (Map). Seigakuin Atlanta International School. Retrieved on January 11, 2012. "5505 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360 USA"
  19. ^ "Relocating school has Japan ties." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 29, 2002. JJ1. Retrieved on January 11, 2012.
  20. ^ "History." Seigakuin Atlanta International School. Retrieved on January 11, 2012.
  21. ^ "[2]" Old Suwanee Christian School. Retrieved on August 15, 2012.
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  26. ^ profiles/generate_tracking_event.php?id=Atta and Shehhi in Lawrenceville
  27. ^ {{...Returning to the United States later that month, on January 25, 2001, Atta and al-Shehhi moved temporarily to Norcross, Georgia, where Atta visited the Advanced Aviation Flight Training School in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The two performed flight checks at the Advanced Aviation on January 31, and February 6, 2001. It is believed that Atta and al-Shebhi remained in the Atlanta, Georgia, area through February and March 2001. It is during this time period that a crop duster pilot in Belle Glade, Florida, identified Atta as having inquired about the purchase and operation of crop dusters....}}

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Coordinates: 33°58′N 84°02′W / 33.96°N 84.03°W / 33.96; -84.03