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Dacula, Georgia
Elisha Winn House
Elisha Winn House
"A treasure in time...on track for tomorrow"
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Gwinnett
 • Total 5.45 sq mi (14.11 km2)
 • Land 5.42 sq mi (14.03 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,050 ft (320 m)
 • Total 6,882
 • Density 1,270.68/sq mi (490.65/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-21184
GNIS feature ID 0333990

Dacula ( də-KEW-lə) is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is an exurb of Atlanta, located approximately 37 miles (60 km) northeast of downtown. The population as of the 2010 census was 4,442, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population to be 6,255 as of 2018.


The vicinity of Dacula was one of the first areas in present-day metropolitan Atlanta to be settled by whites (around the time of the War of 1812), but the area remained mostly undeveloped until the late 20th century. The Dacula area is home to some of the oldest buildings in greater Atlanta, such as the Elisha Winn House, which originally acted as the courthouse for Gwinnett County. Dacula itself began in the late 1800s near the community of Chinquapin Grove, where Dacula Elementary now stands. The town was originally named "Hoke", after a Seaboard Air Line Railroad executive, but that name was changed due to the Post Office Department's protest.. Dacula's name was formed from letters in Decatur and Atlanta, two cities to the west that were already prospering at the time of Dacula's founding. The city was once home to a train station on a CSX line through northeast Georgia, although the station closed in the mid-1950s.


Dacula is located in eastern Gwinnett County, with U.S. Route 29 Business/Georgia State Route 8 (Winder Highway) the main road through the center of town. Business 29/SR 8 leads west 6 miles (10 km) to Lawrenceville, the county seat, and east 11 miles (18 km) to Winder. U.S. Route 29 (University Parkway) is a four-lane highway that bypasses Dacula to the south, with access from Harbins Road. University Parkway leads east 34 miles (55 km) to Athens and west 12 miles (19 km) to Interstate 85, which leads an additional 25 miles (40 km) southwest to downtown Atlanta.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dacula has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km2), of which 0.031 square miles (0.08 km2), or 0.59%, is water.

The Dacula 30019 ZIP Code goes well beyond their city limits, resulting in mail delivery as far north as unincorporated Hamilton Mill.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 169
1920 244 44.4%
1930 304 24.6%
1940 315 3.6%
1950 369 17.1%
1960 440 19.2%
1970 782 77.7%
1980 1,577 101.7%
1990 2,217 40.6%
2000 3,848 73.6%
2010 4,442 15.4%
2020 6,882 54.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Dacula racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,942 42.75%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,922 27.93%
Native American 11 0.16%
Asian 296 4.3%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 323 4.69%
Hispanic or Latino 1,387 20.15%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 6,882 people, 1,902 households, and 1,529 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of 2010 Dacula had a population of 4,442. the median age was 35.2. There were 1,472 households with 92.0% of housing units occupied. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 76.6% white (70.3% non-Hispanic white), 11.3% black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.4% Asian Indian, 2.8% other Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 5.4% from some other race (0.1% non-Hispanic from some other race) and 3.1% from two or more races. 13.6% of the population was Hispanic or Latino.


The county operates Gwinnett County Public Schools. The following GCPS schools have Dacula mail addresses:

  • Alcova Elementary School (Dacula cluster)
  • Dacula Elementary School (Dacula cluster)
  • Dyer Elementary School (Mountain View cluster)
  • Fort Daniel Elementary School (Mill Creek cluster)
  • Harbins Elementary School (Archer cluster)
  • Puckett's Mill Elementary School (Mill Creek Cluster)
  • Dacula Middle School (Dacula cluster)
  • Dacula High School (Dacula cluster)

Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Dacula and Hamilton Mill Branch in the nearby unincorporated area of Hamilton Mill.

Notable people

  • Donna Sheldon - Politician. Founder and former director of Dacula Classical Academy. Member of Georgia House of Representatives for District 71, 104 and 105.
  • Roba Stanley - Country singer.
  • Gid Tanner - Country singer.

See also

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