Introduction to Norcross, Georgia

Located in Gwinnett county, Norcross, Georgia, is 9 miles E of Sandy Springs, Georgia (center to center) and 16 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is part of the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Norcross History

Norcross was officially designated in the year 1870, in an area formerly inhabited by the Cherokee and Creek Indians. The Norcross Historic District is along the eastern continental divide; this ridge played an important role in the settlement that took city in the area. Initially, the ridgeline acted as the main transportation route. In the early 1800s, two American forts were founded due to the war of 1812; these were the Peachtree Fort in Atlanta and Fort Daniel at Hog Mountain. The old Indian trail that connected both the forts came to be known as the original Peachtree Road. The city got its name from Hon. Jonathan Norcross, a former Atlanta mayor.

Norcross and nearby Attractions

  • Fernbank Museum of Natural History
  • Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
  • Oglethorpe University Museum of Art
  • Sweetwater Creek State Park
  • Southeastern Railway Museum
  • Panola Mountain State Park

Things To Do In Norcross

The Red Top Mountain State Park, Sweetwater Creek State Park, Panola Mountain State Park, and Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area are located in the city. The River Pines Golf Club, Heritage Golf Club, and Atlanta Golf Center are the area's local golf courses. The city's shopping center include Indian Village Shopping Center, Norcross Plaza Shopping Center and Norcross Shopping Center. The local churches include the Galilean Church, First United Church, and First Baptist Church of Norcross. The Art Fest is the annual event hosted by the city in the month of October.

Norcross Transportation

The closest airport to the city is The William B Hartsfield Atlanta International Airport.

Norcross Higher Education

Higher education is available at Emory University, Georgia Perimeter College, and Clark Atlanta University.


Total Population 16,103
Male Share of the Population 51.5%
Female Share of the Population 48.5%
Senior Citizens 4.7%
Employed Population 16+ 7,266
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 48.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.6%
Median Earnings25+ $24,930
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,789
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,595


Median Family Income $40,131
% Above Poverty Level 70.4%
% Below Poverty Level 29.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1.2%


People Living Alone 23.4%
Median Gross Rent $909
Median House Value $160,900


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 77%
US/American 0%
English 2.3%
Irish 2.5%

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

Norcross Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 9 miles E of Sandy Springs, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 16 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Gwinnett
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30071, 30092, 30093
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30003, 30010, 30091
Phone Area Codes 770
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.941
Longitude -84.213

Norcross Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 6.4 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 28.7 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
Distance 29.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Parkway (30092)

Peachtree Corners (30092)

Rockbridge (30093)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Chamblee 27,654 $46,932
Clarkston 11,990 $32,359
Doraville 10,650 $40,192
Duluth 28,294 $67,094
Dunwoody 47,727 $105,979
Lilburn 12,372 $60,349

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

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

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Student/teacher ratio: 17.6

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