Suwanee, Georgia

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Suwanee, Georgia
Suwanee City Hall
Suwanee City Hall
Motto: Crossroads of Past & Future
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Location in Gwinnett County and the state of Georgia
Suwanee is located in Metro Atlanta
Location of Suwanee in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 34°3′5″N 84°4′22″W / 34.05139°N 84.07278°W / 34.05139; -84.07278
Country United States
State Georgia
County Gwinnett
 • Total 10.88 sq mi (25.6 km2)
 • Land 10.88 sq mi (25.4 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,001 ft (305 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 17,688
 • Density 881.3/sq mi (340.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30024
Area code(s) 770
FIPS code 13-74936[1]
GNIS feature ID 0323788[2]

Suwanee is a city in Gwinnett County, in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of 2013, the population is approximately 17,688. Suwanee was the practicing home of the Atlanta Falcons football team from 1979 to 2001 and was voted among the Top 10 Best Places to Live by Money in 2007. In 2012, Suwanee was rated the third best place in America for raising families by Kiplinger,[3] and in 2013, Suwanee was identified as one of the nation's 10 Best Towns for Families by Family Circle magazine.

Portions of Forsyth County and Fulton County also have Suwanee and its zip code (30024) as a mailing address.


Early history[edit]

Suwanee, as did most towns in Georgia, started out as an Native American village. It was centered around the Chattahoochee River, where societies flourished.[4] 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 and 1880 respectively, the Georgia Air Line Railroad was built through Suwanee, and the Rhodes House hotel was built to house passengers of the railroad.[4] 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.[4] As of 2013, the population of Suwanee is over 17,000[4]

Recent history[edit]

Beginning in 1933 and ending in 1936, the now heavily traveled Buford Highway was constructed through Suwanee.[4] In 1960, Interstate 85 was built to extend to 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.[4] The first city hall was built in the early 1960s, and the second city hall was built in 1997 until in 2009 when city hall moved to Town Center where it currently resides. In 2005, Town Center was constructed and finished in 2009.[4] In 2003, Suwanee was named a City of Excellence by the Georgia Municipal Association and Trend Magazine,[4] which is considered to be a great honor in the state of Georgia.


Suwanee is located at 34°03′05″N 84°04′22″W / 34.051447°N 84.072893°W / 34.051447; -84.072893Coordinates: 34°03′05″N 84°04′22″W / 34.051447°N 84.072893°W / 34.051447; -84.072893.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.9 sq mi (25.6 km2), of which, 9.8 sq mi (25.4 km2) of it is land and 0.077 sq mi (0.2 km2) of it (0.71%) 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
Average low °F (°C) 28
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.40
Source: [6]


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%
Est. 2014 18,164 [7] 18.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

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.[9]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,725 people, 2,947 households, and 2,375 families residing in the city. The population density was 889.5 people per square mile (343.4/km²). There were 3,144 housing units at an average density of 320.5 per square mile (123.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.49% White, 6.38% African American, 0.13% Native American, 6.84% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.72% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.16% of the population.

There were 2,947 households out of which 46.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 71.8% were married couples living together, 6.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.4% were non-families. 14.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 1.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the city the population was spread out with 29.5% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 39.3% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 4.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 102.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $84,038, and the median income for a family was $91,519. Males had a median income of $60,147 versus $40,650 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,712. About 1.5% of families and 2.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 1.2% of those under age 18 and 4.4% of those age 65 or over.


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


The most widely known park in Suwanee, Georgia 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.[10]

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.[10]

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.[10]

Playtown Suwanee is a super playground built by 1,200 volunteers in 2004. It is known as "the playground my mommy and daddy built."[10]

The Sims Lake Park was opened in 2008. It consists of a 7-acre (2.8 ha) lake with a looping trail surrounding it.[10]

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.[10]

Public libraries[edit]

Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Suwanee Branch in Suwanee.[11]


Served by Interstate 85 which goes to Atlanta and goes to the Northern United States Of America. Served by Buford Highway which holds U.S. Route 23. Those go to Atlanta, Georgia also while Buford Highway ends in Buford. Served by Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Which is South of Atlanta.


Suwanee has a Strong Council ,Weak Mayor form of Government. The City Council consists of 6 members who are elected to 4 year terms. The Current Mayor is Jimmy Burnett who was elected in 2011. The City has its own Municipal Court.

Law enforcement[edit]

The Suwanee Police Department is the acting Police Agency containing Law and Order in the City. The Suwanee Police Department is proud to have earned national accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). In meeting CALEA's 459 professional standards, the Suwanee Police Department has voluntarily demonstrated its commitment to excellence in law enforcement. The department also has earned statewide certification from the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police. The Current Police Chief is Chief Mike Jones and Deputy Chief is Janet Moon.


The Gwinnett County, Georgia Fire Department operates Fire Station No.13 in Suwanee.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Dewey, Caitlin (May 2012). "10 Great Cities to Raise Your Kids - #3. Suwanee, Ga.". Kiplinger. Retrieved 23 April 2013. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h "Suwanee's History". Retrieved 26 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Monthly Averages for Suwanee, GA (30024)". Retrieved March 20, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of Suwanee from the US Census
  10. ^ a b c d e f City of Suwanee, Georgia, "Parks", retrieved from
  11. ^ "Hours & Locations." Gwinnett County Public Library. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.

External links[edit]