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Snellville, Georgia

  •   State: 
    Gwinnett County
      County all: 
    Gwinnett | DeKalb
      County FIPS: 
    13135 | 13089
    33°51′22″N 84°00′14″W
      Area total: 
    10.60 sq mi (27.46 km²)
      Area land: 
    10.47 sq mi (27.12 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.13 sq mi (0.34 km²)
    1,037 ft (316 m)
    1874; Settled 1874; Incorporated 1923
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,964.76 residents per square mile of area (758.61/km²)
      Household income: 
      Unemployment rate: 
  •   Sales taxes: 
      Income taxes: 

Snellville is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States, east of Atlanta. The population was 18,242 at the 2010 census, and in 2019 the estimated population was 20,077. It is a developed suburb of Atlanta and a part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, and is located roughly 3540 minutes east of Downtown Atlanta via US-78 and Interstate 285. The city of Snellville has grown to 10.6 square miles (27.4 km²), and there are fourteen houses of worship located within the city limits. In 1874, Thomas Snell and James Sawyer, seventeen-year-old friends from London, secretly planned a voyage to the New World. The two built a small wood frame building and started a business together, Snel and Sawyer's Store, similar to the one in which they were employed in London. The partnership later dissolved, and Sawyer kept the old store, building granite stone above and around the old frame and then disassembling the wood frame from within. Snell died at age 39 in 1896 due to complications following an appendicitis operation. He was buried in Brownlee Mountain, presently known as Nob Hill, and was later reburied in nearby Lithonia. James Sawyer died in 1948 at age 91 and is buried in the Baptist Cemetery (now Snellville Historical Cemetery) The city received its charter from the General Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1923. There are over 100 employees working for the city.


Snellville is a small town in Gwinnett County, Georgia. As of the 2010 census, Snellville's population was 18,242 and included 7,069 housing units. The city limits have grown to 10.6 square miles (27.4 km²), and there are fourteen houses of worship located within the city limits. In 1874, Thomas Snell and James Sawyer, two friends from London, secretly planned a voyage to the New World. James Sawyer found Snell in the small settlement then known as New London, near Stone Mountain. Snell died at age 39 in 1896 due to complications following an appendicitis operation, and was later reburied in nearby Lithonia. In 1948, James Sawyer died in 1948 at age 91 and is buried in the Baptist Cemetery (nowSnellville Historical Cemetery) The city received its charter from the General Assembly of the State of Georgia in 1923, and is governed by a mayor and five council members. There are over 100 employees working for the city of Snelville, which operates from five departments: Administration, Parks & Recreation, Planning & Development, Public Safety, and Public Works. In early 2011, new housing construction, much of it upscale, continues on such a large scale, despite the recession. The upscale Governor's Walk neighborhood in Snellvile went on to be completed after the recession was well under way. On January 2011, a collection of homes in the Norris Lake Way collection of the dollar range were sold to sell for as much as $1 million.

Government and politics

The City of Snellville operates under a council-manager form of government. The mayor acts as chairman of the board and the city council acts as the board of directors. The city's mayor, Tom Witts, was elected to a four-year term in 2015. In late 2018, Mayor Witts was suspended (following his 2017 indictment) due to misuse of funds, spending them on travel and adult websites. Every two years, half of the elected council is up for election. In 2017, three city council seats will be up forelection.Unlike the county, state and national elections, where voting is done by precinct, all city elections take place at City Hall. Unlike the county, state, and national. elections, which are done in the precinct, the city elections are held in the city. Hall of Justice, which is located in the center of the city, is the seat of power for the mayor and city council. It is the only city council seat that is not held by the mayor or the city manager. It has been the home of the mayor since the early 1970s. It was the site of the first city council elections in 1978. The current city manager is appointed by the council and works with them on policy creation and then manages staff concerning implementation. He is the city's chief of staff and is responsible for the day-to-day functions. He was appointed to the position in 2011. He has been in his current position since 2013. In 2014, he was appointed as city manager, and in 2015 he was named city chief.


Route 418 of the Xpress bus service, a joint venture between Gwinnett County Transit and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority (GRTA), provides commuter bus service to downtown Atlanta from Snellville. Seven departure times are available in the morning and seven in the afternoon, Monday-Friday, via Stone Mountain Freeway (U.S. 78) to I-285 and I-20. In May, there was a 40% increase to 2,520. On many mornings, the bus is standing room only. On August 21, 2007, the Gwinnet County Board of Commissioners approved an agreement with GRTA to add five new Motor Coach Industries D4500CL buses to the route. The route runs from Civic Center MARTA Station to the First Baptist Church of Snellvillle, with a stop at the Hewatt Road Park&Ride. In that first month, the route had a total of 1,783 riders, and by the end of the month, it had more than 2,500 riders. The morning westbound route terminates at the Civic CenterMARTA Station. The afternoon eastbound route ends at the First Baptists Church ofSnellville, and the route runs eastbound and westbound from the Civic Centre MARTA station to the park and ride station. In the morning, the morning route leaves at 7:30 a.m., and the afternoon route leaves around 4:30 p.m. The Snellville area has one major hospital, Eastside Medical Center, formerly Emory Eastside medical Center.


Snellville is located in southern Gwinnett County at 33°5130N 84°023W (33.858439, 84.006324). U.S. Route 78 runs through the center of the city, leading west 25 miles (40 km) to downtown Atlanta. Snellville has a total area of 10.6 square miles (27.4 km²), of which 10.5 square miles is land and 0.3 km², or 1.22%, is water. The highest temperature recorded in the city is 105 °F (40.6 °C), reached on July 13 and 17, 1980. An average year sees frost on 48 days; snowfall, which occurs most years, averages 2 inches (5 centimeters) annually. Average annual rainfall is 50.5 inches (127 centimeters), the only other major U.S. cities with greater rainfall are Miami, Florida, and New Orleans, Louisiana. The city has a humid subtropical climate according to the Köppen classification, with generally hot, humid summers and mild winters by the standards of most of the U.N. Compared to most large cities around the world at approximately the same latitude (33°39'), such as Beirut, Casablanca, Dallas, Los Angeles, and Phoenix, Snelville has lower average winter temperatures. In the winter, weather systems sweeping south from Canada, through the Midwest, bring temperatures that can reach below 25 °Fahrenheit (3.9 °Celsius) a few times a year.

People and culture

As of the 2020 U.S. census, there were 20,573 people, 6,093 households, and 4,853 families residing in the city. Snellville Days Festival is a two-day event held annually that draws crowds from all over the Southeast. The New London Theater group and the Gwinnett Ballet Theatre company both have their roots and studios inSnellville. Momentum Arts is a nonprofit performing arts company that offers dance lessons, music lessons, and theatre to the community. The city's slogan is "Snellville, where everybody is proud to be somebody" The city is located in the Southeastern region of the United States, and has a population of 18,242. It is one of the top 20 tourism events in May according to the S Southeast Tourism Society, but still has a small-town flavor. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.18. The median income was $62,537, and the median income for a family was $68,341. About 2.1% of families and 2.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 5.0%, of those age 65 or over. In 2010, the city leaders voted to adopt a new slogan for the city, replacing the previous slogan, "Everybody is somebody," which had been established 30 years prior. The current (new) slogan is an evolution of the old.


Gwinnett County Public Library operates the Elizabeth H. Williams Branch in Snellville. Public schools include Brookwood High School, Five Forks Middle School, and Grace Snell Middle School. Private schools include Harbour Oaks Montessori School and Evergreen MontessorI School. Gwinnett Christian Academy, grades K512 to K212, is a private school in the town. The Gwinnet County Public School District is part of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is based in Washington, D.C. It is one of the largest public school districts in the United States. The school district has more than 1,000 students. It also has a number of private schools, including a private day care center and a daycare center. The county's public libraries operate two branches in the area. The public library operates a branch in the city of Snellvile, which has a population of about 2,000. The library also operates two branches outside the city, in Hagerstown, Maryland, and in Piedmont, Maryland. It was established in 1872. It has a library branch in Hagersville, Missouri, which opened in 1874. It's the oldest public library in the state, and the second oldest in the country. It closed in 1973. It reopened in 1998. It now has a collection of more than 2,500 books, including more than 100 children's books, and has a circulation of about 1,500.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia = 37.1. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 100. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Snellville = 5 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 20,573 individuals with a median age of 38.1 age the population grows by 28.24% in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,964.76 residents per square mile of area (758.61/km²). There are average 2.9 people per household in the 6,659 households with an average household income of $70,281 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.40% of the available work force and has dropped -6.39% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 17.82%. The number of physicians in Snellville per 100,000 population = 108.1.


The annual rainfall in Snellville = 53.3 inches and the annual snowfall = 1.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 108. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 219. 89 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 31.2 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 35, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia which are owned by the occupant = 83.04%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 20 years with median home cost = $157,010 and home appreciation of -5.08%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $9.81 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,922 per student. There are 14.3 students for each teacher in the school, 637 students for each Librarian and 498 students for each Counselor. 9.42% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 20.72% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.70% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Snellville's population in Gwinnett County, Georgia of 1,033 residents in 1900 has increased 19,92-fold to 20,573 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.79% female residents and 48.21% male residents live in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia.

    As of 2020 in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia are married and the remaining 34.88% are single population.

  • 36.4 minutes is the average time that residents in Snellville require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    85.41% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.54% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.25% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.68% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia, 83.04% are owner-occupied homes, another 12.63% are rented apartments, and the remaining 4.34% are vacant.

  • The 41.48% of the population in Snellville, Gwinnett County, Georgia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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