Norcross, Georgia, City and Education Info

Norcross, Georgia, is a key suburb of Atlanta. The city is near a number of vocational and technical schools and some 2-year and 4-year colleges offering certificate and degree options in a variety of fields of study. Learn about the residents, popular attractions and employment options available in Norcross, and get info on the schools that surround it.

Information about Norcross, Georgia

Norcross, Georgia, a suburb of the state capital of Atlanta, is a fast-growing city of just over 16,300 people, as of 2014 census figures. The city is within easy commuting distance of downtown and midtown Atlanta, Sandy Springs and other employment and cultural centers across the metropolitan area.

The city is strikingly diverse, with people of Hispanic or Latino descent composing about 40% of the population, based on 2010 U.S census data. Another nearly 27% of residents are Caucasian alone, and almost 20% are African-American alone.

Norcross offers a mostly residential environment with a significant manufacturing and industrial presence. World-class entertainment and cultural offerings can be found a quick drive away in Atlanta. Popular attractions include the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Six Flags Over Georgia and the Zoo in Atlanta.

The metropolitan area is home to three professional sports teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, Braves and Thrashers. Dozens of golf courses dot the metro area. Several national parks and other natural recreation areas, such as the Blue Ridge Mountains, are within a day's drive of the area.

Higher Education

Among the 24 public and non-profit schools located within 25 miles of Norcross are Georgia Christian University, Oglethorpe University and Georgia Piedmont Technical College. Several of the top 20 historically black colleges and universities, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report in 2016, are also within 25 miles of Norcross, including Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University.

Metropolitan Atlanta boasts several other well-regarded institutes of higher learning, including Emory University in nearby DeKalb County, Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta and the Georgia Institute of Technology, also in Atlanta.

Economy and Employment

The economy in Norcross is primarily blue-collar and industrial. The median household income is below the average for Georgia as a whole, at about $39,436 per year compared to $49,342 statewide, according to U.S. census data for 2010-2014. The manufacturing and construction industries, especially paper and packaging manufacturers, are the major employers in town, with companies such as Rock-Tenn, American Megatrends, Unisource and Digitrax providing jobs to large numbers of residents and commuters.

Per 2012 census data, wholesale trade had employed about 4,400 people. Professional, scientific, and technical services had employed nearly 4,300 people, while administrative and support and waste management and remediation services had employed about 3,800 people.

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