Introduction to Buford, Georgia

Buford, Georgia, in Gwinnett county, is 21 miles E of Roswell, Georgia and 33 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The people of the city are in the Atlanta metropolitan area. Buford has a population of 10,668.

Buford History

This city was named after Algernon Sidney Buford, who was the president of the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railroad for 20 years during which the company underwent significant expansion. The naming of the city was motivated by the townspeople's desires to host a lunch stop on the company's railroad. In August 1872, Buford was officially incorporated as a town. It became a city in 1896.

Buford and nearby Attractions

  • The Bona Allen Mansion
  • Lanier Museum of Natural History
  • Pineisle Golf Club
  • Shoal Creek Park
  • Buford City Park
  • Gwinnett County Park

Things To Do In Buford

There are numerous recreational opportunities in this city. It offers excellent shopping opportunities, including antique shops and quaint boutiques. The city also provides a wide range of dining opportunities. The Lake Lanier beach and water park has amenities for boating, fishing, swimming, camping and skiing. One can also go camping and hiking in the north Georgia mountains.

Buford Transportation

The William B. Hartsfield Atlanta International provides regular services.

Buford Higher Education

Gwinnett Technical College, Gainesville College and North Georgia College and State University provide facilities for higher studies.


Total Population 13,244
Male Share of the Population 50.1%
Female Share of the Population 49.9%
Senior Citizens 10.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,629
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 44.3%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.6%
Median Earnings25+ $26,147
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,863
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,719


Median Family Income $56,891
% Above Poverty Level 80.8%
% Below Poverty Level 19.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 26 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3%
% Using Public Transportation 1.1%


People Living Alone 22.6%
Median Gross Rent $850
Median House Value $158,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 47.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 5.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Buford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles E of Roswell, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 33 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Gwinnett
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30518, 30519
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30515
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.12
Longitude -84.004

Buford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 14.7 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Distance 18.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Station WINDER 1 SSE
Distance 19 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Buford, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Sugarhill (30518)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cumming 5,588 $49,688
Dacula 4,831 $48,052
Flowery Branch 6,216 $77,034
Oakwood 4,123 $42,172
Sugar Hill 20,323 $71,907
Suwanee 17,291 $92,072

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Buford High Schools

Serves 679 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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