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|Founded||December 15, 1813|
|Named for||Button Gwinnett|
|Largest city||Peachtree Corners|
|• Total||437 sq mi (1,130 km2)|
|• Land||430 sq mi (1,100 km2)|
|• Water||6.4 sq mi (17 km2) 1.5%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||2,123/sq mi (820/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Congressional districts||4th, 7th, 10th|
Gwinnett County is a suburban county of Atlanta in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. In 2020, the population was 957,062, making it the second-most populous county in Georgia (after Fulton County). Its county seat is Lawrenceville. The county is named for Button Gwinnett, one of the signatories of the Declaration of Independence.
Gwinnett County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located about 10 miles northeast of Atlanta's city limits.
- Notable people
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 cession 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.
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 removed to form a part of the new Barrow County in 1914.
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.
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 southern and central portions of Gwinnett County are located in the Upper Ocmulgee River sub-basin of the Altamaha River basin. Most the county's northern edge, from south of Peachtree Corners to north of Buford, is located in the Upper Chattahoochee River sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin), while the county's eastern edge, north and south of Dacula, is located in the Upper Oconee River sub-basin of the same Altamaha River basin.
The county maintains a regional airport under the name Gwinnett County Airport, formerly Briscoe Field. The closest major airport serving the region is Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Major roads and expressways
- Interstate 85
- Interstate 985
- U.S. Route 23
- U.S. Route 29
- U.S. Route 78
- State Route 8
- State Route 10
- State Route 13
- State Route 20
- State Route 84
- State Route 120
- State Route 124
- State Route 140
- State Route 141
- State Route 264
- State Route 316
- State Route 317
- State Route 324
- State Route 347
- State Route 365
- State Route 378
- State Route 403 (unsigned designation for I-85)
- State Route 419 (unsigned designation for I-985)
- GRTA Xpress commuter buses and Gwinnett County Transit serve the county.
- Norcross Greyhound Bus Terminal, 2105 Norcross Pkwy, Norcross, GA 30071
- On April 12, 2018, Gwinnett County Officials updated the transit plans to connect to the rest of Metro Atlanta via heavy rail.
Pedestrians and cycling
- Beaver Ruin Creek Greenway (Proposed)
- Camp Creek Greenway
- Cedar Creek Trail Loop
- Harbins Greenway (Proposed)
- Ivy Creek Greenway (Under construction)
- Ivy Creek-Snellville Trail (Proposed)
- Norcross-Lilburn Trail (Proposed)
- Piedmont Pathway (Proposed)
- Sugar Hill Greenway (Under construction)
- Suwanee Creek Greenway (Under construction)
- The Loop Trail (Proposed)
- Western Gwinnett Bikeway (Under construction)
In 2016, Suwanee unveiled the first Bike Share program in Gwinnett County.
|U.S. Decennial Census
Gwinnett County is often cited as one of the counties in the US that has demographically changed the most rapidly. As recently as 1990, over 90% of Gwinnett County's population was white. By 2007, the county was considered majority-minority.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||257,124||26.87%|
|Hispanic or Latino||220,460||23.04%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 957,062 people, 301,471 households, and 230,960 families residing in the county.
2019 ACS Estimates
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 805,321 people, 268,519 households, and 203,238 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,872.8 inhabitants per square mile (723.1/km2). There were 291,547 housing units at an average density of 678.0 per square mile (261.8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 53.3% White (44.0% Non-Hispanic White), 23.6% black or African American, 10.6% Asian, 0.5% American Indian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 8.8% from other races, 3.1% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 20.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 8.3% were German, 7.8% were Irish, 7.7% were English, and 5.8% were American.
Of the 268,519 households, 45.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.2% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 24.3% were non-families, and 19.1% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.98 and the average family size was 3.40. The median age was 33.7 years.
The median income for a household in the county was $63,219 and the median income for a family was $70,767. Males had a median income of $48,671 versus $39,540 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,901. About 8.7% of families and 11.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.1% of those under age 18 and 8.1% of those age 65 or over.
- Braselton (partly in Jackson County, Hall County, and Barrow County)
- Rest Haven (partly in Hall County)
- Mountain Park
The rap group Migos hails from Gwinnett County. Migos won the 2015 YouTube Music Award, as well as several other notable entertainment television awards. Net worth in 2015 was reported to be 4.2 million (USD).
Strange Music artist Rittz also hails from Gwinnett County.
- AGCO is headquartered in Duluth.
- American Megatrends is headquartered in unincorporated Gwinnett County near Norcross.
- ASHRAE's world headquarters is in Peachtree Corners.
- Comcast Corporation, the American global telecommunications conglomerate and owner of Xfinity and NBCUniversal, has its Southeast Headquarters in Peachtree Corners.
- Canon has its southeast region headquarters in Norcross.
- Fortune 500 companies CarMax and Mass Mutual as well as Honeywell, Sprint Corporation, Siemens Industry Automation, Fleetcor, ACI Worldwide, and CMD Group are among the businesses in Peachtree Corners.
- Hapag-Lloyd’s North American Headquarters is in Peachtree Corners.
- The Harlem Globetrotters are headquartered in Peachtree Corners.
- Primerica is headquartered in unincorporated Gwinnett County, near Duluth.
- Scientific Atlanta in Lawrenceville.
- United States Tennis Association (USTA)‘s headquarters for the Southern Section is in Peachtree Corners.
- Waffle House is headquartered in unincorporated Gwinnett County, near Norcross.
- Yerkes National Primate Research Center, the CDC's primate research center located on the campus of Emory University in Atlanta, maintains its high security Yerkes Field Station, which houses most of its primates, near Lawrenceville.
In 2016, the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League relocated from Minnesota and began playing games at Infinite Energy Arena. The team won the league championship in 2017.
Georgia Force of Arena Football League had also played at Arena at Gwinnett Center before the team folded in 2012.
|Atlanta Gladiators||Ice hockey||ECHL||Infinite Energy Arena||1995||0|
|Atlanta United FC||Soccer||MLS||Mercedes-Benz Stadium||2017||1|
|Gwinnett Stripers||Baseball||International League||Coolray Field||2009||0|
|Georgia Swarm||Lacrosse||National Lacrosse League||Infinite Energy Arena||2004||1|
Gwinnett also hosts the Gwinnett Lions Rugby Football Club, a Division 3 Men's Rugby Team competing in the Georgia Rugby Union.
Primary and secondary schools
Gwinnett County Public Schools operates the public schools for residents in Gwinnett County, with the exception of residents inside the Buford city limits, which are served by the Buford City School District. There are 143 schools in the district—21 high schools, 29 middle schools, 80 elementary schools and 13 specialty schools, making it the largest school district in Georgia.
- Greater Atlanta Christian School, the second-largest independent school in Georgia, is located in Norcross.
- Hebron Christian Academy is located in Dacula.
- Providence Christian Academy is located in Lilburn
- Seigakuin Atlanta International School, a private Japanese education system elementary and middle school, was located in Peachtree Corners. The school moved from property at Oglethorpe University to its current address, former property of the Romanian First Baptist Church, in 2003.
- Wesleyan School is located in Peachtree Corners.
Colleges and universities
- Georgia Gwinnett College is located in Lawrenceville.
- Gwinnett Technical College is also located in Lawrenceville.
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine is located in Suwanee.
- Trevecca Nazarene University has an adult education site in Duluth.
- University of Georgia has a satellite campus in Lawrenceville.
- David Andrews, NFL football player with the New England Patriots.
- Alvin Kamara, NFL running back with the New Orleans Saints.
- Maya Moore, Women's Basketball Player with the Minnesota Lynx.
- Elijah Bryant (born 1995), basketball player in the Israeli Basketball Premier League
- Sam Flint (1882 – 1980), actor.
- Chandler Massey, actor (Days of Our Lives); received the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series. In 2012, Massey became the first actor ever to receive a Daytime Emmy Award for playing a gay character.
- James Ramsey, Major League Baseball player with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
- Trey Thompkins, basketball player formerly with Los Angeles Clippers.
- Brice Butler, NFL wide receiver with the Dallas Cowboys.
- Rittz, musician.
- Migos, hip hop group.
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