Continually listed as one of Atlanta's fastest growing counties, Gwinnett County is prized for its access to bustling city life, booming communities and gorgeously maintained natural spaces. Centrally located, the county is responsible for nearly 18 percent of metro Atlanta's population, and the numbers keep going up. Since 2000, Gwinnett has claimed more than a quarter of the region's total growth.
The AAA minor league Gwinnett Braves baseball team finds a welcome home here, drawing a myriad of visitors to the area, as does the ever-popular Lake Lanier, local parks, including the 12-acre Freeman's Mill Park, three regional malls, delicious local restaurants, sprawling Southern neighborhoods, hockey and the Gwinnett Arena event venue.
Only a half-hour away from Downtown Atlanta, Gwinnett's economic opportunities span far and wide for area workers. Professions in retail, construction, manufacturing, professional/technical services, administrative support/management, education, government, financial, legal and healthcare industries constitute a majority of the county's 300,000 jobs. The area's top five employers are Gwinnett County Public Schools, Gwinnett County Government, Gwinnett Health System, Walmart and Publix Super Markets.
The county's education system is recognized both nationally and regionally for its stellar schools. As the largest school system in Georgia, 90 percent of Gwinnett's public school graduates go on to some form of higher education.
Auburn boasts old southern charm and a vision of the future. Very involved asa community, Auburn is located in both Gwinnett and Barrow counties with easy access to the main arteries leading in and out of Atlanta. Festivals and family friendly events are held throughout the year, including weekly farmers markets and monthly movies in Whistlestop Park, forming a strong sense of community.
Since its origin as a 1956 summer retreat, the 88-acre namesake has become a thriving community. Berkeley Lake has been known as Tree City USA since 1999 by the Arbor Day Foundation and in 2009 the city was awarded a $15,000 grant from the Georgia Forestry Commission for the 'Maintaining a Sustainable Urban Forest' project.
The Buford Dam has become a major source of power for the state, and Lake Lanier Islands is recognized as a premier recreational development in the Southeast. A city where recreation and art abound, the streets of downtown Buford are filled with art shops that show off local talents in every medium.
Incorporated in 1905, Dacula emerged where the Georgia, Carolina and Northern railways used to intersect. Named from the letters in "Decatur" and "Atlanta," Dacula is best known for its large Memorial Day Parade and the celebrated Little Mulberry Park and has experienced immense growth over the years.
Close to Interstate 85, this Gwinnett County city is a short commute from the heart of Atlanta and is close to Stone Mountain Park and Lake Lanier. Duluth is also home to retail and cultural centers, great healthcare facilities and a high quality of life.
Grayson is a popular city for families, with excellent schools, quality housing, parks, restaurants and plenty of shopping. Known for having the amenities of a sophisticated and professional city, Grayson also pays homage to its past with an extensive collection of historical memorabilia housed in the Arts and History Center.
Gwinnett’s oldest city, Lawrenceville is known as the “Crepe Myrtle City” and is equal parts old and new. The city’s mixture of recently established buildings and teams like Georgia Gwinnett College and the Gwinnett Braves coexist with antebellum homes, the town’s original town square and the area’s best courthouse, the Gwinnett Historic Courthouse.
Rooted in the railroad that still runs hourly through Old Town near the city’s municipal building, Lilburn’s rich history and lush greenspaces help make it a picturesque suburb. The revitalization of Old Town created many shops and restaurants, and it is now known as a “Slice of History.”
Located in both Gwinnett and Walton counties, Loganville lies centrally between Atlanta and Athens, making it convenient for students commuting to the University of Georgia, Gwinnett Technical College and any of the other major metro Atlanta universities. The unique blend of hometown-feel combined with modern conveniences draws companies and organizations to open their doors and prosper in Loganville.
Nestled in west Gwinnett County, Norcross combines the feel of an idyllic small town with a reverence for history. A comprehensive beautification plan has restored many of the town’s historic sites to their full glory, and the addition of restaurants, businesses and recreational venues ensure that Norcross remains dutifully progressive.
Known for its picturesque parks, lush green spaces and plenty of outdoor activity, Peachtree Corners offers residents unparalleled quality of life. A short drive from downtown Atlanta, residents enjoy the city's unique arts, culture and more in their own backyards.
The city boasts that “Everybody’s Somebody in Snellville.” Annually, the Snellville Days Festival draws crowds from all over the Southeast and has previously been ranked as one of the top 20 tourism events by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Performing arts are alive here, as it is home to both the New London Theater and Gwinnett Ballet Theatre companies.
Considered one of the premier communities in the metro area, Sugar Hill is mere minutes away from Lake Lanier and the North Georgia Mountains. The Sugar Hill City Park offers residents two pavilions, regulation fields and courts for sports and an amphitheater for hosting events year-round, while The Sugar Hill Golf Club is one of the best courses in the area and has reduced rates for city residents.
With an array of housing options and it being home to the largest school system in Georgia and stellar open spaces, Suwanee is a great place to work, play and live. Shopping is also big here, with small shops, antique stores, a regionally known home decor store peppering Town Center and Historic Olde Town.