If a small-town feel is what you’re looking for, Suwanee just might be right for you. Established in the late 1800s, Suwanee experienced a surge in popularity beginning in 2003 with the opening of
Suwanee Town Center
. Serving as both the physical and symbolic heart of Suwanee, Town Center is a mix of retail, commercial and residential space. Here you’ll find an interesting array of restaurants and shops, but the highlight is surely the 10-acre park, home to community events like Suwanee Fest, Food Truck Fridays, Saturday Farmers Markets, fun runs, and concerts throughout the year.
If you’re the sort of person who enjoys physical activity, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get moving in Suwanee. There are 500-acres of parkland complete with miles of hiking and biking trails.
Suwanee Creek Greenway
is a hard-surfaced multipurpose trail that winds through four miles of wooded terrain. It connects to Suwanee Creek Park, an 85-acre park.
Sims Lake Park
is a beautiful setting for walking around a 7-acre lake on a trail that takes you through Japanese Gardens and other flora and fauna. There are also pavilions that can be reserved for small gatherings. The ballgames are happening at
George Pierce Park
, a 300-acre park with ball fields, a fishing pond, soft-surfaced trails, picnic areas, outdoor basketball courts, and a senior center.
With all that Suwanee has to offer you may never want to leave town. But, if you do, you’ll have great access to interstates and highways. In no time at all you can be on I-85 or I-985 headed to Lake Lanier for a day of boating or hop on GA 316 and head over to Athens for an afternoon of college football.
In 2019, Niche magazine ranked Suwanee as the 5th best place to raise a family in Georgia. It has also been recognized by Family Circle Magazine as one of the nation’s top ten best towns for families. Suwanee offers a mix of new construction and resale homes ranging from exclusive gated neighborhoods to charming starter homes. Whether you’re looking for acreage or a low-maintenance townhome, you’ll find it in Suwanee. The schools are widely recognized as being some of the best in the area.
- Median Age: 38.4
- Median Household Income: $34,143
- Mean Household Income: $28,555
- County: Gwinnett
- Location: 32 miles northeast of Atlanta
- Major Thoroughfares: East/West - GA 316, Suwanee Damn Rd, North/South Hwy 23,
- Buford Highway Nearest Interstate: I-85, I-985
- Peachtree Ridge
, students - 3260, 19:1 student/teacher ratio, 60% AP participation
- North Gwinnett
, students - 1,987, 21:1 student/teacher ratio, 74% AP participation
- Collins Hill
, students - 3,145, 20:1 student/teacher ratio, 42% AP participation
A Little History
Suwanee is situated along the Suwanee Creek and was a thriving Native American village for hundreds of years, first to the Shawnee, and later to the Cherokee and Creek. It was first recognized as a town by the U.S. government when a post office was established in 1838. Approximately 30 years later a railroad depot was constructed, and the town grew around it serving the local agricultural economy. In 1949, Suwanee was incorporated. With the development of the highway system, the town’s population has flourished, growing from 615 to more than 20,000 people.
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