Gwinnett County, Georgia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Gwinnett County, Georgia
Gwinnett County Courthouse GA.jpg
Gwinnett Historic Courthouse in Lawrenceville, Georgia
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.
Founded December 15, 1818
Named for Button Gwinnett
Seat Lawrenceville
Largest city Peachtree Corners
 • Total 436.72 sq mi (1,131 km2)
 • Land 432.73 sq mi (1,121 km2)
 • Water 3.99 sq mi (10 km2), 0.91%
Population (Est.)
 • (2013) 859,304
 • Density 1,871/sq mi (525/km²)
Congressional districts 4th, 7th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Gwinnett County is a county in the U.S. state of Georgia, named for Button Gwinnett, one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The county is the Atlanta metropolitan area's north-eastern link to Interstate 85, and is the second most populous county in the state, after Fulton County,[1] with an estimated population of 805,321.[2]

Its county seat is Lawrenceville.[3]


Located along the Eastern Continental Divide; according to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 436.72 square miles (1,131.1 square kilometers), of which 432.73 square miles (1,120.8 square kilometers) (or 99.09%) is land and 3.99 square miles (10.3 square kilometers) (or 0.91%) is water.[4]

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.



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

Major highways[edit]

Interstate highways[edit]

U.S. highways[edit]

State routes[edit]

Ronald Reagan Parkway[edit]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,589
1830 13,289 189.6%
1840 10,804 −18.7%
1850 11,257 4.2%
1860 12,940 15.0%
1870 12,431 −3.9%
1880 19,531 57.1%
1890 19,899 1.9%
1900 25,585 28.6%
1910 28,824 12.7%
1920 30,327 5.2%
1930 27,853 −8.2%
1940 29,087 4.4%
1950 32,320 11.1%
1960 43,541 34.7%
1970 72,349 66.2%
1980 166,903 130.7%
1990 352,910 111.4%
2000 588,448 66.7%
2010 805,321 36.9%
Est. 2013 859,304 6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2013 Estimate[6]

The county is part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area).

As 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.[7] 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.


Type of Government and Elections in Gwinnett County, Georgia[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]

Senators Name Party First Elected Level
  Senate Class 2 Saxby Chambliss Republican 2002 Senior Senator
  Senate Class 3 Johnny Isakson Republican 2004 Junior Senator
Representatives Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
  District 4 Hank Johnson Democratic 2006 Lilburn, Norcross
  District 7 Rob Woodall Republican 2010 Rest of county

Georgia General Assembly[edit]

Georgia State Senate[edit]

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
  5 Curt Thompson Democratic 2004 Norcross, Lilburn, Tucker
  9 Don Balfour Republican 1992 Grayson, Lawrenceville, Lilburn, Loganville, Mountain Park, Snellville
  41 Steve Henson Democratic 2002 Lilburn, Tucker
  45 Renee Unterman Republican 2002 Buford, Dacula, Grayson, Lawrenceville, Loganville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee
  48 David Shafer Republican 2001 Berkeley Lake, Duluth, Peachtree Corners
  55 Gloria Butler Democratic 1999 Centerville, Stone Mountain

Georgia House of Representatives[edit]

District Name Party First Elected Area(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
  51 Tom Rice Republican 1996 Berkeley Lake and Peachtree Corners
  95 Toney Collins Democratic 2008 Centerville and Stone Mountain
  96 Pedro Marin Democratic 2002 Norcross
  97 Brooks Coleman Republican 1992 Duluth
  98 Bobby Reese Republican 2004 Buford, Rest Haven, Sugar Hill, Suwanee
  99 Hugh Floyd Democratic 2002 Lilburn and Norcross
  100 Brian Thomas Democratic 2004 Duluth, Lawrenceville, Lilburn
  101 Mike Coan Republican 1996 Lawrenceville
  102 Clay Cox Republican 2004 Lilburn, Mountain Park, Tucker
  103 David Casas Republican 2002 Five Forks, Lawrenceville, Lilburn
  104 Valerie Clark Republican 2010 Lawrenceville
  105 Donna Sheldon Republican 2002 Braselton, Dacula, Hamilton Mill, Hog Mountain
  106 Melvin Everson Republican 2005 Five Forks, Lilburn, Snellville
  107 Len Walker Republican 1994 Snellville and Loganville

Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners[edit]

District Name Party First elected Area(s) of Gwinnett County Represented
  At-Large (Chair) Charlotte J. Nash Republican 2011 All
  1 Vacant Duluth, Suwanee
  2 Lynette Howard Republican 2010 Berkeley Lake, Lilburn, Norcross
  3 Mike Beaudreau Republican Auburn, Dacula, Grayson, Loganville, Snellville
  4 John Heard Republican 2010 Braselton, Buford, Lawrenceville, Rest Haven, Sugar Hill


  • Gwinnett Medical Center (Lawrenceville)
  • Gwinnett Medical Center – Duluth
  • Eastside Medical Center - (Snellville) Formerly Emory Eastside Medical Center, the hospital was purchased by Hospital Corporation of America in 2011.


The main newspaper of Greater Atlanta is the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The Spanish language newspaper El Nuevo Georgia has its headquarters in unincorporated Gwinnett County, near Norcross.[14][15]


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

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

Private education[edit]

College & University[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.

Club Sport League Venue
Gwinnett Gladiators Ice hockey ECHL Arena at Gwinnett Center
Gwinnett Braves Baseball International League Coolray Field

Gwinnett also hosts the Gwinnett Rugby International Touring Squad, a Division 3 Men's Rugby Team.



  • In December 1968, Emory University coed Barbara Jane Mackle, became one of the FBI's most notorious kidnapping cases. At the height of a particularly severe influenza outbreak Mackle was abducted from a De Kalb County motel, taken to and buried alive inside a box in a shallow trench with directions on where to find her sent to the FBI. The accused, Gary Stephen Krist, an full-time professional smuggler of undocumented immigrants from Latin America was attempting to gain ransom funds to purchase a yacht for further smuggling. The box was buried in a densely wooded area just inside of the county's northwestern boundaries a few hundred feet away from De Kalb.[20]
  • On March 6, 1978, both Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt and his local lawyer, Gene Reeves, Jr., were shot by a gunman in Lawrenceville, after walking back from a cafeteria near to a courthouse while on obsecenities trial.
  • In 1997 (June 12–15), the county became one of less than half-a-dozen U.S. locations in Bilderberg history to ever host a Bilderberg Conference meeting, at the former (demolished) Renaissance Pine Isle Resort & Golf Club at Lake Lanier, in Buford.[21]
  • Late CNN reporter John Holliman (October 23, 1948–September 12, 1998) was a resident of and died in a car crash in Snellville.[22]
  • In Feb. 2001, Mohamed Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi, terrorists in the 9/11 attacks, stayed in Norcross, Georgia, and trained at an airport used by the Gwinnett County Sheriffs Department, in Lawrenceville.[23][24][25]
  • On April 26, 2005, Jennifer Wilbanks, known notoriously as the Runaway Bride "disappeared" in Duluth and led authorities on a cross country search and investigation.
  • Natina Reed, 32, of Atlanta-based R&B group Blaque was killed near Norcross on October 26, 2012, after being struck by a car while attempting to cross a five-lane highway on foot towards a nearby convenience store.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ CO-EST2009-ALLDATA.csv
  2. ^ United States Census Bureau. "2010 Census Data". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 29 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Retrieved March 27, 2014. 
  7. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Gwinnett County from the US Census]
  8. ^ "Contact Us." American Megatrends. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  9. ^ "Contact NCR." NCR Corporation. Retrieved on November 29, 2009.
  10. ^ "OFFICIAL ZONING MAP OF THE CITY OF NORCROSS." City of Norcross. Retrieved on May 29, 2011.
  11. ^ "Contact Us." Primerica. Retrieved on January 5, 2010.
  12. ^ "Contact Us." Waffle House.that doesent make sense Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  13. ^ Woods, Mark. "If this is what it gets to, it's bad." The Florida Times-Union. May 3, 2009. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  14. ^ "Contáctenos." El Nuevo Georgia. Retrieved on September 18, 2012.
  15. ^ "Media Kit 2011." (English) (Archive) El Nuevo Georgia. p. 7. Retrieved on September 18, 2012. "5855 Jimmy Carter Blvd. Norcross, GA 30071"
  16. ^ "Map" (Map). Seigakuin Atlanta International School. Retrieved on January 11, 2012. "5505 Winters Chapel Road , Atlanta , GA 30360 USA"
  17. ^ "Relocating school has Japan ties." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 29, 2002. JJ1. Retrieved on January 11, 2012.
  18. ^ "History." Seigakuin Atlanta International School. Retrieved on January 11, 2012.
  19. ^ "[1]" Old Suwanee Christian School. Retrieved on August 15, 2012.
  20. ^
  21. ^
  22. ^
  23. ^ _event.php?id=Atta and Shehhi in Norcross
  24. ^ profiles/generate_tracking_event.php?id=Atta and Shehhi in Lawrenceville
  25. ^ {{...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....}}

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°58′N 84°02′W / 33.96°N 84.03°W / 33.96; -84.03