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Lawrenceville, Georgia
Gwinnett County Courthouse
Gwinnett County Courthouse
Nickname(s): The Crepe Myrtle City, L'ville, Lowdown
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 13.5 sq mi (35.0 km2)
 • Land 13.4 sq mi (34.7 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 1,066 ft (325 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 28,546
 • Density 2,131/sq mi (822.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30042-30046, 30049
Area code(s) 404/678/770
FIPS code 13-45488
GNIS feature ID 0316699

Lawrenceville is a city in and the county seat of Gwinnett County, Georgia, in the United States. It is a suburb of Atlanta, located approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of downtown. As of the 2010 census, the population of Lawrenceville was 28,546. In 2015, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city population to be 30,493. Lawrenceville has six ZIP codes (30042-30046, 30049), and it is part of the 678/770/404 telephone area code, which is used throughout metropolitan Atlanta.


Lawrenceville was incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 15, 1821. This makes Lawrenceville the second oldest city in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The city is named after Commodore James Lawrence, commander of the frigate Chesapeake during the War of 1812. Lawrence, a native of New Jersey, is probably best known today for his dying command, "Don't give up the ship!" William Maltbie, the town's first postmaster, suggested the name of "Lawrenceville".

In 1821, a permanent site for the county courthouse was selected and purchased, the four streets bordering the square were laid out along with other streets in the village, and a public well was dug. Major Grace built the first permanent courthouse, a brick structure, in 1823-24 for a cost of $4,000. The courthouse presently on the square was constructed in 1885.

Courtland Winn served two terms as mayor starting in 1884 when he was 21 years old.

The two most famous people born in Lawrenceville gained their fame elsewhere. Charles Henry Smith, born in 1826, left as a young man and lived most of his life in other Georgia towns. During the Civil War he wrote humorous pieces for Atlanta newspapers under the name Bill Arp. He has been described as the South's most popular writer of the late 19th century, though he is not much read today. Ezzard Charles, born in 1921, grew up in Cincinnati, where opportunities for African-Americans were far better at the time than in the Deep South. He eventually became the World Heavyweight boxing champion by defeating Joe Louis by unanimous decision on September 27, 1950.

Another resident, Oliver Hardy, became a world-renowned comic actor, a member of the film duo Laurel and Hardy from the 1920s to the 1940s. He lived as a child in downtown Lawrenceville around 1900. But his stay was brief, because his family moved often within Georgia.

Since 1988, Lawrenceville has been the headquarters of the Presbyterian Church in America.


Lawrenceville is located in central Gwinnett County at 33°57′11″N 83°59′33″W / 33.95306°N 83.9925°W / 33.95306; -83.9925 (33.953052, -83.992469). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.5 square miles (35.0 km2), of which 13.4 square miles (34.7 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2), or 0.83%, is water.

Nearby cities are Dacula to the east, Buford to the north, Suwanee to the north-northwest, Duluth to the northwest, Norcross to the west, Lilburn to the southwest, Snellville to the south, and Grayson to the southeast.


Lawrenceville has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).

Climate data for Lawrenceville, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 50
Average low °F (°C) 31
Precipitation inches (mm) 5.32


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 463
1890 566 22.2%
1900 853 50.7%
1910 1,518 78.0%
1920 2,059 35.6%
1930 2,156 4.7%
1940 2,223 3.1%
1950 2,932 31.9%
1960 3,804 29.7%
1970 5,207 36.9%
1980 8,928 71.5%
1990 16,848 88.7%
2000 22,397 32.9%
2010 28,546 27.5%
Est. 2015 30,493 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
Downtown Lawrenceville, Georgia - June 2006
Downtown Lawrenceville (as of June 2006)

As of 2010 Census, Lawrenceville had a population of 28,546. The median age was 32.4. The racial composition of the population was 48.0% white, 32.0% black or African American, 0.6% Native American, 1.1% Asian Indian, 4.7% other Asian, 10.3% from some other race and 3.4% from two or more races. 22.3% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Lawrenceville from the US Census.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,299, and the median income for a family was $48,557. Males had a median income of $34,263 versus $26,903 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,649. About 11.7% of families and 24.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.


Lawrenceville can be accessed through several highways. Georgia 316 passes through Lawrenceville to Athens and connects to Interstate 85 at Exit 106. Interstate 85 South then travels through downtown Atlanta, which is roughly 30 to 35 miles away. Lawrenceville can also be accessed by US 78 (Stone Mountain Freeway) and then Scenic Highway (Georgia 124) via Snellville. Some southern unincorporated areas with Lawrenceville addresses can be accessed by Ronald Reagan Parkway. Other highways that pass through Lawrenceville are US 29, GA 8, GA 20, and GA 120.

Lawrenceville is home to Gwinnett's only public airport, Gwinnett County Airport-Briscoe Field. With its daytime control tower, several FBOs (Fixed-Base Operators), and flight-training schools, Brisco Field primarily serves general aviation and some commercial aircraft.

Xpress GA/ RTA Commuter buses and Gwinnett County Transit serve the city.


Aurora Theatre
The Aurora Theatre

Historically significant buildings in downtown Lawrenceville include the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse and Lawrenceville Female Seminary. Also downtown are various landmarks and antique locations. Lawrenceville's revitalization plan was strengthened in 2005 when the city crafted a unique partnership with the Aurora Theatre (Gwinnett county's only professional theatre), which relocated from the nearby town of Duluth to a permanent site in downtown Lawrenceville in May 2007 for the opening of its eleventh season. The Aurora Theatre also conducts Lawrenceville Ghost Tours—a 90-minute walking tour of the historic downtown area led by professional storytellers. Ghost tour guides recount town lore and legends including Lawrenceville's role in the trial of Larry Flynt and the kidnapping of Barbara Jane Mackle.

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