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Norcross is a city in Gwinnett Countymarker, Georgiamarker, United Statesmarker. The city had a population of 8,410 in 2000. Census Estimates for 2005 show a population of 9,887.


Named after the Hon. Jonathan Norcross, it was chartered as a town on October 26, 1870, and selected to the National Register of Historic Places by the Department of the Interior in the early 1980’s, its rich history began much earlier.

The Norcross Historic District sits along the eastern continental divide. This divide, or ridge, played a significant role in the early settlement of the area. Originally, the Creek and Cherokee Indians occupied this land and the ridgeline was used as a major transportation route. Two American forts were established in the early 1800’s due to the War of 1812 – Fort Daniel (at Hog Mountain) and Peachtree Fort (in Atlanta). These two forts were connected by this old Indian trail which became known as the original Peachtree Road. By around 1840, this trail had evolved into a stagecoach route connecting South Carolina and Alabama through Georgia. The surrounding area became populated and the small communities of Pinckneyville and Flint Hill prospered.

This all changed with the creation of the Richmond-Danville Railroad, designed to open up the wilderness areasof northeast Georgia. The railroad was proposed in 1856 by Jonathan Norcross (a former Atlanta mayor) and was subsequently approved. Construction was delayed, however, until 1866 because of the Civil War. On September 12, 1869, the first twenty miles were completed and on October 16, 1989, John J. Thrasher bought the 250 acres surrounding the terminal for $1,650 and a town was born – named for Thrasher’s good friend, Jonathan Norcross. The Brunswick Hotel was built in 1870 and Norcross quickly became known as a resort area, much like Eastlake, for Atlantans wanting to escape the rapidly growing city. The new town also meant the demise of the surrounding communities of Pinckneyville and Flint Hill, as people migrated in to build houses, churches, schools, and to be near the railroad.

Gwinnett County’s second oldest city, Norcross saw new roads and highways which were later built by-pass the city, preserving its historic center as a nineteenth century railroad town. People who visit the city may recognize its charm and small town feel. The city is again on the upswing as new restaurants and shops move into the downtown area and as a new generation of homeowners, business owners, and citizens enter the community.


Norcross is located at (33.938551, -84.208630) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²), of which, 4.1 square miles (10.6 km²) of it is land and 0.24% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 8,410 people, 2,644 households, and 1,768 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,050.4 people per square mile (792.0/km²). There were 2,750 housing units at an average density of 670.5/sq mi (259.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.50% White, 20.82% African American, 0.54% Native American, 6.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 15.39% from other races, and 3.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 40.93% of the population.

There were 2,644 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.1% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.04 and the average family size was 3.35.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.7% under the age of 18, 14.8% from 18 to 24, 40.9% from 25 to 44, 15.5% from 45 to 64, and 6.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 130.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.8 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $44,728, and the median income for a family was $42,893. Males had a median income of $26,485 versus $27,347 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,573. About 11.8% of families and 17.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.0% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.


Gwinnett County Public Schools serves Norcross.

Elementary Schools
  • Beaver Ridge Elementary School (Norcross)
  • Meadowcreek Elementary School (Meadowcreek)
  • Norcross Elementary School (Norcross)
  • Peachtree Elementary School (Norcross)
  • Rockbridge Elementary School (Meadowcreek)
  • Simpson Elementary School (Norcross)
  • Susan Stripling Elementary School (Norcross)

Middle Schools
  • Pinckneyville Middle (Norcross)
  • Summerour Middle (Norcross)

High Schools

Other Schools

Local companies

  • Rock-Tenn, a Fortune 1000 paper and packaging manufacturer
  • Digitrax, makers of Digital Command Control products and accessories for model railroaders.
  • Unisource, a major distributor of paper, packaging and facility supplies.
  • Institute of Industrial Engineers, a professional society for Industrial Engineers.
  • Salwa, a South Asian halal food manufacturer.
  • Reddy US Therapeutics, a subsidiary of Dr Reddy Laboratories, Pharmaceutical company.
  • Avalon International, Leader in payment processing software & solutions
  • Hitachi Koki USA, Ltd., a pneumatic and power tool company.
  • The Athlete's Foot Brands, LLC, Athletic Footwear and Clothing
  • Woody's Halfpipe, well known skate shop through the south east
  • CheckFree, e-commerce and electronic payments processing
  • EMS Technologies, specializes in wireless communications.
  • FineLine Technologies, a retail barcode ticketing supplier.
  • Visix, a software development firm for visual communication applications (digital signage); Inc. Magazine Southeast 500 Companies, 2007 ; Inc. Magazine 5000, 2007 and 2008

American Megatrends is headquartered in Building 200 at 5555 Oakbrook Parkway in unincorporated Gwinnett Countymarker, near Norcross. Waffle House is headquartered in unincorporated Gwinnett County, near Norcross.


  1. Visix Inc company listing" [1]
  2. " Contact Us." American Megatrends. Retrieved on May 6, 2009.
  3. " Contact Us." Waffle House. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.
  4. Woods, Mark. " If this is what it gets to, it's bad." The Florida Times-Union. May 3, 2009. Retrieved on May 19, 2009.

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