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About Gwinnett County .......

Meet the Chairperson and Commissioners

Chairperson - Charlotte Nash

  • District 1 - Jace Brooks
  • District 2 - Lynette Howard
  • District 3 - Tommy Hunter
  • District 4 - John Heard 

 

Gwinnett County Fact Sheet of Interesting

"Did you knows" 

  • Gwinnett Extension office is located right across the street from the Lawrenceville City Hall on Clayton/Perry Street.
  • Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) is the largest school system in Georgia
  • There are over 600 dining restaurants in Gwinnett.

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

Gwinnett County, created in 1818 from treaty lands ceded by the Creek and Cherokee Indians, recognizes Button Gwinnett, one of the three Georgia signers of the Declaration of Independence. He not only helped draft the state constitution but also agreed to fill the unexpired term of governor. When he later failed to win election, Gwinnett entangled himself in his last political stand, a fatal duel with General Lachlan Mclntosh. The county seat, Lawrenceville, is named for Captain James Lawrence, a wounded commander of the Chesapeake during the War of 1812. It was he who, dying, gave his crew the battle cry: "Don't give up the ship!"

Weather

  • January is coolest month on average; lowest temperature recorded was -9F in 1899
  • Most precipitation occurs in July
  • Average annual temperature is 63.5 degrees
  • July is warmest month on average; highest temperature record was 105F in 2012