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Gwinnett County

County Description, Neighborhoods, County Information, Chamber of Commerce, Property Taxes, Public Education, Private Education, Utilities and Contacts, Pet Services, Helpful Links

County Description

Originally part of Georgia's Indian territory, Gwinnett County was created by the State Legislature in 1818 and was named after Button Gwinnett, the third signer of the Declaration of Independence and a former state governor.

While the county was once largely rural with small towns, country stores, farms and forests, today, Gwinnett County, located northeast of Fulton County, is home to more than 245 international companies and 450 high-tech firms. With an average of 260 new office and industrial companies relocating to the county each year, attracting more than 6,000 new jobs, Gwinnett County remains in the top 10 ranking for growth nationwide. The county supports many cultural events, restaurants and shopping opportunities, including the Mall of Georgia.

Gwinnett County remains affordable for renters and first-time homebuyers, many of whom find homes in the communities of Doraville, Lawrenceville and Snellville where prices begin at $85,000 to $120,00.

Gwinnett County Neighborhoods

Amidst the pristine setting of Gwinnett County, Duluth has some of the most exclusive neighborhoods in metro Atlanta and is home to some of the best golf courses and private tennis clubs. There are numerous parks for recreation and participatory sports, including Bunten Road Park and "Shorty" Howell Park. Two major malls, Gwinnett Place and Northpoint, are located near Duluth. The Southeastern Railway Museum, which preserves and operates old railroad equipment, is a must-see for any railroad aficionado.

Some of Duluth's neighborhoods include Edgewater Estates, Sweet Bottom Plantation, and Riverbrooke. Affluent estates with antebellum architecture can be found as well as apartment communities, older brick, ranch-style homes and subdivisions. Duluth still retains some of its original small town businesses, along with chain businesses, many accessible by Ga. 400 and I-85.

Photo courtesy of GDITT.

Suwanee is named after the Shawnee Indians who settled here in the latter part of the 18th century. Following the official founding of the city in 1837, Suwanee became a railroad stop along the Southern Railroad route. It remained a small country town well into the 70s when construction of I-85 and U.S. 23 brought easy access to the region.

Since then, Suwanee has experienced tremendous growth, from 2,000 residents in 1990 to more than 9,800 today. To help manage growth, the city has developed a comprehensive development plan that calls for pedestrian-oriented development and mixed-use zoning. Designated a Tree City USA for ten years, the city is committed to preserving 27 percent of its land as green space.

Such foresight has allowed Suwanee to retain its old-fashioned charm while providing contemporary convenience. Only 35 miles from downtown Atlanta, Suwanee is close to big city attractions, business districts and shopping. Many antique shops and historic structures, including several Victorian and regional farm-style homes are located near downtown Suwanee.

County Information

Median household income

Median age of residents


Sales tax

Chamber of Commerce

Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce

Property Taxes

The property tax rate per $1,000 is: $32.05.

Tax Commissioner: 770-822-7000

Public Education

Gwinnett County Schools Board of Education

Elementary Schools 52
Middle Schools 16
High Schools 14
Alternative 6
Per-pupil expenditures $6,641
School & bus information 770-338-4800

Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
Gwinnett Co. (504/522)
Georgia (487/482)
National (506/514)

*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.

Private Education

The Children's School

Atlanta School Guide
"Atlanta's Definitive Source for Education Information"

Utilities and Contacts

City of Buford: 770-945-6761
City of Lawrenceville: 770-963-2414
City of Norcross: 770-448-2122
Georgia Power: 888-660-5890
Jackson EMC: 770-963-6166
Sawnee EMC: 770-887-2363
Walton EMC: 770-972-2917

Scana Energy

Buford Gas Company: 770-945-6761
Lawrenceville Gas Company: 770-963-2414

BellSouth: 888-757-6500, Outside Georgia: 800-356-3094

Buford: 770-945-6761
Dacula: 770-963-7451
Lawrenceville: 770-963-2414
Norcross: 770-448-2122

Cable TV
Charter Communication: 800-955-7766
Adelphia Cable: 770-307-4991

Emory Eastside Medical Center: 770-979-0200
Joan Glancy Memorial Hospital: 770-497-4800
Gwinnett Medical Center: 678-442-4321
Gwinnett Women's Pavilion: 678-442-4790
Summit Ridge Center for Behavorial Health: 770-822-2200

Helpful Links

Gwinnett County

City of Lilburn

Chamber of Commerce


Gwinnett County Schools

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