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Current Population of Gwinnett County: 907,135
(Source: U.S. Census, 2016 estimate)

Geography

  • Approximately 30 miles northeast of Atlanta
  • County seat: Lawrenceville, GA
  • 437 square miles
  • Adjacent counties: Barrow, DeKalb, Forsyth, Fulton, Hall, Jackson, Rockdale, and Walton
  • 80 percent of the U.S. population is within a two-hour flight
  • Gateway to metro Atlanta from north and northeast via I-85 and I-985
  • Easy access to University of Georgia (at Athens) via University Parkway/GA Highway 316
  • Minutes from scenic Lake Lanier
  • Home to 16 municipalities

History

  • Created in 1818 by state legislature
  • Some of the land had been part of Jackson County
  • The rest was frontier land ceded to the state by the Creek Indians
  • Named for Button Gwinnett, signer of the Declaration of Independence