Gwinnett County, in the Atlanta metropolitan area, has been one of the fastest growing counties in the United States since the 1970s. According to the 2010 U.S. census, its population is 805,321, a significant increase from the 2000 population of 588,448. Gwinnett County's close proximity to downtown Atlanta, along with its commitment to expansion of both economic and civic infrastructures, has contributed to its rapid growth. Interstates 85 and 985 traverse the county,
Created from land ceded by the Cherokee and Creek Indians, Gwinnett County was established on December 15, 1818. By 1820 Georgia's forty-fourth county had a population of 4,589. Lawrenceville, the county seat, was incorporated on December 15, 1821, and is the oldest city in the county. Other incorporated cities in Gwinnett are Berkeley Lake, Buford, Dacula, Duluth, Grayson, Lilburn, Norcross, Snellville, Sugar Hill, Suwanee, as well as parts of Auburn, Braselton, Loganville, and Rest Haven.
Gwinnett County boasts numerous recreational opportunities. Outdoor options include the Chattahoochee
Gwinnett County is home to several institutions of higher learning. Gwinnett Technical College, one of the largest technical schools in the state, opened in Lawrenceville as Gwinnett Area Technical School in 1984. In the fall of 1987 DeKalb College (later Georgia Perimeter State College) began offering college courses in the county, and the University of Georgia began offering graduate courses in 1990 at a site in Lawrenceville. In late 2001 the campus was relocated to a new site and named the Gwinnett University Center (GUC). In 2003 both Southern Polytechnic State University and the Medical College of Georgia (later Georgia Health Sciences University) also joined the GUC. There were more than 7,000 students enrolled in 2003, with more than 400 faculty and staff. In 2005 the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the transition of the GUC to Georgia Gwinnett College, the first new university system member to be named since 1970. Another college, a branch of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, based in Pennsylvania, is located in Suwanee.
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Jennifer E. Cheeks-Collins, Gwinnett County, Georgia (Charleston, S.C.: Arcadia, 2002).
Bill Kirby, Ned D. Burris, and J. Robert Russell, Dynamic Gwinnett: Legacy, Life, and Vision (Atlanta: Longstreet Press, 1993).
Mary Frances Panettiere, Georgia Institute of Technology
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