Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County Courthouse GA.jpg
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville
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
 • Total437 sq mi (1,132 km2)
 • Land430 sq mi (1,114 km2)
 • Water6.4 sq mi (17 km2), 1.5%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)859,304
 • Density1,871/sq mi (722/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
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
 • Total437 sq mi (1,132 km2)
 • Land430 sq mi (1,114 km2)
 • Water6.4 sq mi (17 km2), 1.5%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013)859,304
 • Density1,871/sq mi (722/km²)
Congressional districts4th, 7th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4

Gwinnett County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 805,321,[1] making it the second-most populous county in Georgia. Its county seat is Lawrenceville.[2] The county is named for Button Gwinnett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.[3]

Gwinnett County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Created in 1818 by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, Gwinnett County was formed from parts of Jackson County (formerly part of Franklin County) and from lands gained through the session of Indian lands. Named for Button Gwinnett, one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence, the first county court was held at the home of Elisha Winn, and the county seat was placed at Lawrenceville.[4]

In 1861, all three of Gwinnett County’s representatives at the Georgia Constitutional Convention (1861) in Milledgeville voted against secession. Towards the end of the war, several skirmishes took place in Gwinnett County as part of the Atlanta Campaign.

The northeastern part of Gwinnett County was lost to form a part of the new Barrow County in 1914.


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The Elisha Winn House served as Gwinnett County's first courthouse

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 437 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 430 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 6.4 square miles (17 km2) (1.5%) is water.[5]

It is located along the Eastern Continental Divide. 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.

Adjacent counties[edit]



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

Major highways[edit]

Ronald Reagan Parkway[edit]

Main article: Ronald Reagan Parkway


Historical population
Est. 2013859,3046.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] 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.[11] 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.


Government and politics[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
 102BJay PakRepublican2010Lilburn, 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 Gwinnett Daily Post.

The Spanish language newspaper El Nuevo Georgia has its headquarters in unincorporated Gwinnett County, near Norcross.[18][19]

Telemundo Atlanta and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are both based out of Gwinnett.


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

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

Private education[edit]

Colleges and universities[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.




Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 146. 
  4. ^ "History of Gwinnett County". Gwinnett Historical SOciety. Retrieved 19 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 222, 2014.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 22, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  11. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Gwinnett County from the US Census]
  12. ^ "Contact Us." American Megatrends. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  13. ^ "Contact NCR." NCR Corporation. Retrieved on November 29, 2009.
  14. ^ "OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF NORCROSS." City of Norcross. Retrieved on May 29, 2011.
  15. ^ "Contact Us." Primerica. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  16. ^ "Contact Us." Waffle House.that doesent make sense Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  17. ^ Woods, Mark. "If this is what it gets to, it's bad." The Florida Times-Union. May 3, 2009. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  18. ^ "Contáctenos." El Nuevo Georgia. Retrieved on September 18, 2012.
  19. ^ "Media Kit 2011." (English) (Archive) El Nuevo Georgia. p. 7. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "5855 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071"
  20. ^ "Map" (Map). Seigakuin Atlanta International School. Retrieved on January 11, 2012. "5505 Winters Chapel Road, Atlanta, GA 30360 USA"
  21. ^ "Relocating school has Japan ties." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 29, 2002. JJ1. Retrieved on January 11, 2012.
  22. ^ "History." Seigakuin Atlanta International School. Retrieved on January 11, 2012.
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  27. ^ profiles/generate_tracking_event.php?id=Atta and Shehhi in Lawrenceville
  28. ^ {{...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