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Renter's Guide to Lawrenceville
Lawrenceville, Georgia is a classic southern city steeped in tradition, but modern in its approach to living. Best of all, the distance from Lawrenceville to Atlanta is only 30 miles. Its historic and quaint downtown district features shopping, restaurants, entertainment and tours of the 19th-century architecture. But Lawrenceville is not stuck in the past. In fact, Lawrenceville is home to the best high school in Georgia. The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology is a leader in tech-enhanced and driven curriculum, and is the fourth best high school in the nation.
With close to 30,000 residents, Lawrenceville is much smaller than its neighbor, Atlanta. It’s an ideal city to live in if you value small-town atmosphere, but still want—or need—to be close to a big city. The drive into Atlanta can take as long as 45 minutes to an hour during rush hour, but it’s closer to 30 minutes if you’re traveling during calmer breaks in traffic. Other cities less than an hour away include Alpharetta, Athens, and Decatur. A day trip to Augusta from Lawrenceville will take about two-and-a-half hours to drive, and Savannah is four hours away. The Hatsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport is only an hour away.
With an average of 215 days of sunshine per year, the weather in Lawrenceville is perfect for any outdoor activity. January’s typical high is 51°F, while July, Lawrenceville’s hottest month, maintains an average temperature of around 87°F. Not surprisingly, you won’t see a whole lot of snow—the region gets about an inch of the fluffy white stuff every year.
Lawrenceville, GA Demographics
- Total Population29,287
Female 14,149Male 15,138
- Median Age35.3
Cost of Living in Lawrenceville, GA
If you want to avoid long commute times, fares on the Gwinnett County Transit lines range in price from $1.25 to $5. Small children ride free of charge, and monthly passes and 10-ride passbooks are also available.
The average three-course meal for a party of two in a Lawrenceville is going to cost an economical $40. Your morning cup of cappuccino will cost about $3.75.
Overall, the cost of living in Lawrenceville is slightly lower than living in Atlanta. Lawrenceville residents living in a 915-square-foot apartment pay an average cost of $145 per month for basic utilities like electricity, heating, waste collection and water, which is just under the national average of $147.
Average Rent in Lawrenceville, GA
- Lawrenceville, GA Average Rental Price, January 2020 $1,239 /mo
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Living in Lawrenceville
As with every city, there are pros and cons to living in Lawrenceville too. One of the definite pros to living in Lawrenceville is that it’s close to Atlanta, yet feels much farther. It also has a diverse population. On the other hand, there are a couple of cons too: lots of traffic congestions and the relatively high instances (compared to other cities of its size) of property crimes.
Things to do in Lawrenceville
Among the fun things to do in Lawrenceville is spending time at the city’s parks. Bethesda Park‘s Aquatic Center allows for tons of fun things to do with kids, with a slide, climbing frames and other play-structures to keep them busy for hours. There are also Softball, baseball, soccer, and football fields, basketball courts, walking trails, and a lake.
Rhodes Jordan Park is one of the county’s highest rated parks with plenty of things to do with kids. A playground, duck pond, trails, baseball fields, a community center and a 22-acre lake provides plenty of activities for the family. Alexander Park has a playground, disc golf course, fishing, and even horseshoe pits. Many more parks can be found throughout the county, too.
One of the top attractions in Lawrenceville every summer is Rockn’ Ribville, featuring Southern barbecue, live music, plenty of beer and a kids’ zone. Other family-friendly things to do include Gwinnett Braves minor league baseball games in the summer, or Gwinnett Gladiators hockey matches in the winter. For a truly different—and fun!—dining experience, Lawrenceville’s Medieval Times restaurant features jousting knights, falconry and no utensils. The Mystery Room at Sugarloaf Mills Mall is like a Clue game come to life. Once you solve the mystery, shop at the mall’s retail stores.
Gwinnett County’s only professional theatre can be found in the Historic Courthouse Square in Lawrenceville’s Aurora Theatre. Home to live theatrical performances and children’s theatre, it’s the hub of the city’s cultural resurgence. For more culture in Lawrenceville, look to the Children’s Art Museum and Gwinnett Ballet performances at the Performing Arts Center.
Employment & Economy
Healthcare professionals will find an abundance of work in Lawrenceville, thanks to the largest hospital and health center in the county, Gwinnett Medical Center, and biotech supply company Atlanta Biologicals. Since Lawrenceville is the seat of Gwinnett County, government and court services are located here, which translates into a wide array of government jobs. Lawrenceville is also home to the headquarters for Cisco, an international electronics manufacturing company, which means tech jobs are in large supply too.
Lawrenceville, GA Households
- Total Number of Households10,266
Family 6,785Non-family 3,481
Children 3,550No Children 6,716
- Average People Per Household2.82
- Median Household Income$43,339
- Median Housing Costs Per Month$947
Education in Lawrenceville
Lawrenceville is a great place to get an education. With the four-year Georgia Gwinnett College and Gwinnett Technical College, the options are plenty. Two of the county’s best elementary schools, Gwin Oaks and Freeman’s Mill, are located in Lawrenceville, and the city offers several choices for high schools, including the already-mentioned The Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, and the highly ranked Collins Hill High School.
Lawrenceville, GA Education Statistics
- No High School8%
- Some High School37%
- Some College28%
- Associate Degree7%
- Bachelor Degree12%
- Graduate Degree7%
Tips for Renting in Lawrenceville
Renters’ rights are consistent across the Greater Atlanta area. Issues to look out for include the absence of a 72-hour (or any time increment) “cooling off” period that might enable a renter to change his or her mind after signing a lease. Once you sign a lease in Georgia, there is no turning back, and early termination penalties are fair game for a landlord.
It’s also important to know that potential tenants are legally allowed to inspect the apartment before moving in if they’re required to give a security deposit. All landlords have to give new tenants a list of existing damages prior to moving in. Georgia also has a “repair and deduct” law that says a renter can bill the landlord for any repairs that aren’t fixed in a reasonable amount of time.
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