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Learn More About Norcross, Georgia
Norcross is a historic city located in western Gwinnett County in the state of Georgia. Covering a total land area of about 4.6 square miles, the community has the city of Peachtree Corners lying along its northern border. Sandy Springs is situated about 9 miles to the west and Atlanta lies around 16 miles to the southwest. The city is built along the Eastern Continental Divide, with streams leading east and west to the Yellow River and Chattahoochee River and ending up in the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico respectively. It is part of the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area.
This area was originally inhabited by the Creek and Cherokee tribes. It hosted two U.S. forts which were connected by an old Indian trail that evolved, around 1840, into a stagecoach route through the state of Georgia, providing a link between Alabama and South Carolina. Communities developed around this route. But the real transformation came with the construction of the Richmond-Danville Railroad, the first 20 miles of which was completed in September 1869. John H. Thrasher bought 250 acres of land around the terminal, marking the creation of Norcross. The town charter was enacted in 1870. The community was named after Thrasher’s friend, Jonathan Norcross, who had proposed construction of the railroad in 1856.
Norcross had an estimated population of 16,634 in 2015, representing an increase of more than 80 percent over the count in 2010. The community has a high Hispanic population and offers opportunity for those interested to learn foreign languages from native speakers. As of 2000 census, the city had a high number of young people. The proportion of residents older than 44 years was less than 22 percent, with median age calculated at 30 years.
Interstate 85 runs along the southern boundary of Norcross. Access to the interstate route is provided at Exit 99 (Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Exit 101 (Indian Trail Lilburn Road), and Exit 102 (Georgia State Route 378). I-85 leads about 20 miles southwest to downtown Atlanta. The city is served by Gwinnett County Transit.
Norcross boasts a thriving business community. It is home to several companies which provide job opportunities for locals. Some of the major companies around the community include Rock-Tenn, The Athlete's Foot Brands, LLC., LSI Corporation, EMS Technologies, American Megatrends and RentPath. Rock-Tenn is a Fortune 500 company involved in packaging and paper production.
Families with children and adolescents would be pleased to learn the education of their little ones will be well-covered in this city. There are more than a dozen public and private schools serving Norcross. These include Susan O. Stripling Elementary School, Beaver Ridge Elementary School, Norcross Elementary School, Meadowcreek Elementary School, Summerour Middle School and Norcross High School. Public primary and secondary education is supervised by Gwinnett County Public Schools.
Norcross is a city with a rich history and one that has gone to extra lengths to preserve its heritage. The 112-acre Norcross Historic District, which covers the city center and calls to mind the 19th-century railroad town, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. It features restored narrow brick structures and street illuminated by quaint lamps.
Gwinnett County's second oldest municipality makes for an amazing place to live and work. Residents enjoy convenient access to downtown Atlanta and get to participate in many exciting community events year-round.