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Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Lawrenceville is a city located in Gwinnett County, Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 22,397. Census Estimates of 2003 indicate a population of 26,698. The city is the county seat of Gwinnett CountyTemplate:GR.

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Geography

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Location of Lawrenceville, Georgia

Lawrenceville is located at 33°57'11" North, 83°59'33" West (33.953052, -83.992469)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 33.8 km² (13.1 mi²). 33.6 km² (13.0 mi²) of it is land and 0.2 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.46% water.

Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 22,397 people, 7,484 households, and 5,313 families residing in the city. The population density is 665.7/km² (1,723.9/mi²). There are 7,684 housing units at an average density of 228.4/km² (591.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 76.04% White, 13.61% African American, 0.22% Native American, 3.17% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, 4.46% from other races, and 2.41% from two or more races. 12.14% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 7,484 households out of which 39.4% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% are married couples living together, 13.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% are non-families. 23.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.77 and the average family size is 3.24.

In the city the population is spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 18.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 105.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 103.9 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $43,299, and the median income for a family is $48,557. Males have a median income of $34,263 versus $26,903 for females. The per capita income for the city is $19,649. 11.5% of the population and 8.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 16.0% of those under the age of 18 and 11.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

History

Lawrenceville was incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on 15 December 1821. In 1871 a permanent site for the county courthouse was selected and purchased, the four streets bordering the square were laid out along with other streets in the village, and a public well was dug. Major Grace built the first permanent courthouse, a brick structure, in 1923-24 for a cost of $4,000. The courthouse presently on the square was constructed in 1885.

William Maltbie, the town’s first postmaster, suggested the name “Lawrenceville” in honor of Captain James Lawrence, a naval commander during the War of 1812. Lawrence, a native of New Jersey, is probably best known today for his dying command, "Don't give up the ship!"

Larry Flynt was shot on March 6, 1978 outside a Lawrenceville courthouse by Joseph Paul Franklin.

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