Steeped deep in history, the town of Buford was incorporated on August 24, 1872 and was the largest city in Gwinnett County for more than 60 years. It is also the first city in Gwinnett County to have a bank. The city of Buford is located along the southern shores of popular Lake Lanier and borders the northern edge of Suwanee. Currently over 13,000 people call Buford home. And like Suwanee and Duluth, Buford straddles two counties: Gwinnett and Hall County. The city limits of Buford is in Gwinnett County. For most of Buford''s history, it has been recognized for its quality education; and today the city of Buford still has its own school system — separate from the Gwinnett County School System. Staying consistent with the cities of Suwanee and Duluth, Buford was honored in 2008 by Money Magazine as the #3 best place to live in the United States. And, despite the city of Buford’s growth, you will find many reminders of rich history — particulary when travelling through historic Buford and viewing the beautiful antibellum homes.
Buford is also home to the Mall of Georgia boasting more shopping and entertainment under 1 roof than anywhere else in the Southeast - more than 2 million square feet full of excitement!
Browse the downtown shops for a unique shopping experience. Nostalgia fills the streets of downtown as Artists open their shops to show their talents from woodworking, traditional paintings, pottery, stained glass, and so much more. Others open their shops to display the antiques and collectibles they have acquired from all over the world. There are also wonderful restaurants for your dining pleasure.