Gwinnett County, Georgia

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Gwinnett County is a suburban county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 15, 1818. As of the 2000 census, the population was 588,448, but the explosive growth seen through out the first decade of the 21st century has pushed the population to 808,167 as of 2009, making it the second most populated county in the state of Georgia after Fulton County.[1] The county seat and largest city is Lawrenceville.[2]

The county was named for Button Gwinnett, one of the delegates who signed the United States Declaration of Independence on behalf of Georgia.

This county is within the five-county core part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area). It contains many suburbs of Atlanta, many of whose residents commute using the major highway, Interstate 85. Despite recent efforts of forming a public bus system, the average commute time in Gwinnett County is 30.8 minutes, ranking it the highest in metropolitan Atlanta and 18th highest nationwide (2003 census).

Gwinnett County's population is approximately 18.3 percent of the total Atlanta region population and has captured 26% of the region's growth since 2000,[3] growing faster numerically than any other county in the region for the past 25 years running. Gwinnett was the fastest growing county in the United States for several years during the 1980s among counties with a population greater than 100,000.[4] It was among the 10 U.S. counties with the highest numerical growth from 2000 to 2006. [5]

Gwinnett County Public Schools is the largest school system in Georgia and the fastest-growing in the Southeastern United States,[6] with 130 total school facilities and a projected 2010–2011 enrollment of nearly 161,000 students[7].

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