Lanier Islands, is a lakeside resort offering a multitude of family-friendly activities, and special events throughout the year.

Welcome to Buford

Why Choose Buford?

If proximity to Lake Lanier is important to you, Buford should be on your radar. You’ll be close to a number of boat launches, boat storage facilities and marinas. Lanier Islands , is a lakeside resort offering a multitude of family-friendly activities, and special events throughout the year. It also offers a unique golf experience at Legacy on Lanier . Boaters can tie up at Margaritaville’s Landshark Bar & Grill and enjoy burgers and beer beachside.

But it isn’t all about the lake. Buford can hold its own when it comes to shopping, dining, and entertainment. Downtown Buford is home to notable dining establishments like Aqua Terra, Praise the Lard BBQ, and Tannery Row Ale House. Speaking of Tannery Row, here you’ll find an artist colony with a gallery and open studios showing work in a variety of media. Get your shopping fix at one of more than 200 stores at the Mall of Georgia. Or, see a movie at the IMAX theater. For sports lover’s, Coolray Field is home to AAA baseball team the Gwinnett Stripers. Festivals, free concerts and an assortment of other events throughout the year are hosted at the Buford Community Center.

It’s not all fun and games. Buford takes their schools seriously. So, whether you have school-aged children or are thinking about resale value down the road, you’ll be happy to hear that for the 3rd year in a row Niche ranks Buford schools the best in the state. Niche also ranks Buford as a top place to raise a family.

Housing choices run the gamut from lake homes to swim/tennis communities to new construction to townhomes all in a variety of price points. And, if you don’t happen to work in the immediate area, commute options are excellent with easy access to both I-85 and I-985.


  • Population: 15,189
  • Median Age: 38.4
  • Median Household Income: $48,772
  • Mean Household Income: $69,068
  • County: Gwinnett/Hall
  • Location: 38 miles northeast of Atlanta
  • Major Thoroughfares: Hwy 23/Buford Highway (N/S) and Hwy 20/Cumming Hwy (E/W)
  • Nearest Interstate: I-985, I-85

High Schools

  • Buford , 1,361 students, 18:1 student-teacher ratio, 63% AP participation
  • Lanier , 1,800 students, 18:1 student-teacher ratio, 57% AP participation

A Little History

Like many cities in GA, Buford came to be as the result of the railroad. The city, incorporated as a town in 1872, is named for Algernon Sydney Buford, president of the Atlanta and Richmond Air-Line Railroad. The name was changed to City of Buford in 1896. Residents of the bustling town were focused on developing schools and businesses. In the early 1900s, a local paper dubbed it the New York of Gwinnett. For 60 years it was the largest city in Gwinnett County.

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