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Suwanee, Georgia
Suwanee City Hall
Suwanee City Hall
Motto(s): 
"Crossroads of Past & Future"
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia is located in Metro Atlanta
Suwanee, Georgia
Suwanee, Georgia
Location in Metro Atlanta
Country United States
State Georgia
County Gwinnett
Area
 • Total 11.07 sq mi (28.66 km2)
 • Land 10.99 sq mi (28.46 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
1,001 ft (305 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 20,786
 • Density 1,891.53/sq mi (730.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
30024
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-74936
GNIS feature ID 0323788

Suwanee is a city in Gwinnett County in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,355; this had grown to an estimated 20,907 as of 2019.

Portions of Forsyth and Fulton counties also have Suwanee and its ZIP Code (30024) as a mailing address.

History

Early history

Suwanee, as did most towns in Georgia, started out as a Native American village. It was built on the Chattahoochee River, where societies flourished. The city of Suwanee itself was established and officially recognized by the U.S. government in 1837 upon the erection of a post office. In 1871, the Georgia Air Line Railroad was built through Suwanee, and in 1880 the Rhodes House hotel was built to house passengers of the railroad. This was instrumental in bringing people through the town and helped to generate trade and economic activity. In 1881, a fire burned down all of the buildings on Main Street except for one. From 1880 to 1920, the population saw almost no increase, shifting from 216 people to 241 over the course of 40 years. As of 2015, the population of Suwanee was over 18,000

Recent history

Beginning in 1933 and ending in 1936, the now heavily traveled Buford Highway was constructed through Suwanee. In 1960, Interstate 85 was built to extend to just south of Suwanee, where it ended at the time. Throughout the last 100 years, several primary education schools have opened in Suwanee, including North Gwinnett High School and Suwanee Elementary School. The first known date for Suwanee High School was 1880, when it was a one-room school house. The first city hall was built in the early 1960s, and the second city hall was built in 1997. In 2005, Town Center was constructed and finished in 2009, at which time the city hall moved to it, where it currently resides. In 2003, Suwanee was named a City of Excellence by the Georgia Municipal Association and Trend Magazine.

Geography

Suwanee is located in northern Gwinnett County at 34°03′05″N 84°04′22″W / 34.051447°N 84.072893°W / 34.051447; -84.072893. It is bordered to the northeast by the city of Sugar Hill, to the southwest by the city of Duluth, and on the west by the Chattahoochee River, which serves as the Fulton County border, and across which is the city of Johns Creek.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Suwanee has a total area of 11.0 square miles (28.4 km2), of which 10.9 square miles (28.2 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.70%, is water.

Climate data for Suwanee, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 49
(9.4)
54
(12.2)
62
(16.7)
70
(21.1)
77
(25)
84
(28.9)
87
(30.6)
86
(30)
80
(26.7)
71
(21.7)
61
(16.1)
51
(10.6)
69.3
(20.74)
Average low °F (°C) 28
(-2.2)
32
(0)
38
(3.3)
46
(7.8)
55
(12.8)
64
(17.8)
68
(20)
67
(19.4)
60
(15.6)
48
(8.9)
38
(3.3)
31
(-0.6)
47.9
(8.84)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.40
(111.8)
5.24
(133.1)
5.16
(131.1)
3.68
(93.5)
4.49
(114)
4.00
(101.6)
4.23
(107.4)
5.28
(134.1)
4.41
(112)
3.73
(94.7)
4.19
(106.4)
4.41
(112)
53.22
(1,351.8)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 215
1890 166 −22.8%
1900 247 48.8%
1910 250 1.2%
1920 246 −1.6%
1930 214 −13.0%
1940 179 −16.4%
1950 357 99.4%
1960 541 51.5%
1970 615 13.7%
1980 1,026 66.8%
1990 2,412 135.1%
2000 8,725 261.7%
2010 15,355 76.0%
2020 20,786 35.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
629 Main Street, Suwanee GA, March 2019
Building in Old Town Suwanee

2020 census

Suwanee racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 9,683 45.58%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,955 14.22%
Native American 38 0. 18%
Asian 5,250 25.26%
Pacific Islander 8 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,020 4.91%
Hispanic or Latino 1,832 9.81%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 20,786 people, 7,012 households, and 5,235 families residing in the city.

2010 census

As of 2010, Suwanee had a population of 15,355. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 67.4% white, 10.8% black or African American, 0.1% Native American, 18.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% reporting some other race, and 2.3% reporting two or more races. 6.75% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Parks and recreation

The most widely known park in Suwanee is the Town Center Park, a 10-acre (4.0 ha) park on Buford Highway and Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road. It is the venue for the community's special events, and contains an amphitheater that holds up to 1,000 audience members where numerous concerts and other various performances are held.

The Town Center Park has Gwinnett County's largest interactive fountain called the "Big Splash". The fountain has 43 jets and uses 1,400 US gallons (5,300 l; 1,200 imp gal) of water each minute. The water is recycled.

The park lies next to the Suwanee Public Library.

The Suwanee Creek Greenway is a hard-surfaced multipurpose 4-mile (6.4 km) trail with wooded areas and wildlife habitat. It is favored by walkers, joggers, bikers, etc.

The Suwanee Creek Park is an 85-acre (34 ha) park commonly used for family picnics and other reunions. It is connected to the Suwanee Creek Greenway.

Playtown Suwanee is a super playground built by 1,200 volunteers in 2004. It is known as "the playground my mommy and daddy built."

The Sims Lake Park was opened in 2008. It consists of a 7-acre (2.8 ha) lake with a looping trail surrounding it.

George Pierce Park is a 300-acre (120 ha) park with football, baseball, soccer, and softball fields, a fishing pond, hard- and soft-surfaced trails, picnic areas, a playground, outdoor basketball courts, and a senior center.

Infrastructure

Transportation

Major roads and expressways

  • I-85.svg Interstate 85
  • US 23.svg U.S. Route 23
  • Georgia 317.svg State Route 317

Airport

The nearest air service is provided by Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is south of Atlanta. The nearest regional airport is Gwinnett County Airport.

Sports

Suwanee was the practicing home of the Atlanta Falcons football team from 1979 to 2001.

Education

Gwinnett County Public Schools operates schools serving Suwanee including Collins Hill High School, North Gwinnett High School and Peachtree Ridge High School. Lambert High School is also located in Suwanee, being in the Forsyth County corner of the city. The Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine's Georgia campus is also located in Suwanee.

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