The rapidly growing DeKalb and Gwinnett Counties are situated in the area East of Atlanta. The vibrant cities of Chamblee, Decatur, Dunwoody, Lawrenceville, Snellville and Tucker fill the East Atlanta area and offer close proximity to the Downtown Atlanta attractions. Most of these cities estimate a population size of 20,000-30,000, but are growing at a progressive rate. Whether its the newly declared city of Tucker or the long standing city of Lawrenceville, East Atlanta has much to offer with excellent school districts, plenty of shopping and easy access to the heart of Atlanta.
Located in northern DeKalb County, Chamblee was incorporated by the Georgia legislature in 1908, and is one of 10 cities in the county. With a population of just under 10,000 at the 2010 census, the city has grown by leaps and bounds since then. It's now home to an estimated almost 30,000 residents. Today Chamblee is known as a progressive, urban community with strong ties to its past. It also has eyes focused on a bright future as a multicultural city with a vibrant economic base and a government that is responsive to changing needs and new development opportunities.
Decatur, GA, is a small town that lives large. The mantra, "It's greater in Decatur" is pretty much what this progressive little town’s nearly 20,000 residents believe. Long known for its "homes, schools and places of worship," Decatur attracts active and educated residents who like the friendly, small-town feeling. It's also very proud of Emory University, located in an unincorporated part of Dekalb County just beyond its border.
You'll have a good time in Dunwoody, GA, whether you live in this northern Atlanta suburb or just come to spend a few days. There's plenty to like about it, from shopping at trendy Perimeter Mall to zip lining through the treetops. The interactive outdoor center offers fun for the whole family in an environmentally friendly setting. There's enough culture to keep you occupied, with some of the fun centered around Lemonade Days, Butterfly Days, Apple Cider Days and the Dunwoody Arts Festival.
The year 2021 marks Lawrenceville's bicentennial, and all indications are that the community will enjoy a future just as interesting as its past. Founded in 1821 soon after Gwinnett County was formed, the first major building to be laid out in the village was the county courthouse. Lawrenceville is the county seat and is the second oldest city in the Greater Atlanta area, situated about 30 miles northeast. Today its population is estimated at about 30,000.
Snellville, nestled into beautiful countryside between Atlanta and Athens, is a small community of just over 20,000 residents, but it lives large. With a world-class hospital and acclaimed schools, this historic suburb is also home to popular annual festivals and is a destination for visitors who come to visit nearby Stone Mountain Park and the stunning Veterans Memorial. Residents celebrate local life and culture during Snellville Days, the annual Fall Festival and the popular International Festival.
It didn't become an official city until 2016, but already Tucker has attracted state attention based on its comprehensive future planning efforts. It's a progressive home to approximately 35,000 residents, but it's also a shopping mecca for visitors from Atlanta and further afield. Located about 15 miles northwest of the "big city," Tucker thinks big, not only for itself, but for all of DeKalb County. It has a proud past as one of the earliest and largest unincorporated areas in the state.