The city of Snellville was founded in the late 1800s and was originally a small farming and commercial town. In present times, Snellville is one of the fastest growing cities in Gwinnett County. A look into the past can still be found on the outskirts of the city despite the fast economic growth and suburbanization occurring from Atlanta to Snellville. As a city that is only 18 miles from Atlanta, it can definitely be implied that a number of Snellville residence work in Atlanta and commute to and from work.
Close to Snellville Middle School (in fact right next door) are local farm houses and other homes of large land owners. I can remember walking around the outside track in P.E. and the horses could wander close to the fence that separated the school and the farm houses. There was even a sign depicting horse crossing which I would not normally have gotten to see in rural areas. Coming from a place where I had never seen a horse except on television, Snellville seemed like a backwards place when I first moved there with my family.
The federal highway system, which began in 1947, opened up the rural area and land for suburbanization . Snellville is interesting and is a strategic point of interest because of its location. The city is located at the intersection of two major highways (UShwy 78 and 124). This brought many different restaurants, department stores and inspired some neighborhoods to branch off of these major travel routes. Along both highways are such restaurants as panda express and stores such as GAP. According to a 2000 census, the city has about 1,000 businesses and they have brought over $1 billion in revenue to the city  and distinguish it from neighboring cities such as Loganville andCenterville.
The influx of population began in the late 1990s early 2000 peaking recently from personal observation. This is when more companies began construction on buildings and housing communities sprouted up. Within my neighborhood is one house at the entrance that does not look like the other houses within the neighborhood. Well this house is the house of the original land owners that the neighborhood was built. Their land was bought to build the community and their house became incorporated in the neighborhood association.
Even though Snellville seems like part of the “Edgeless city”, stated in Teaford’s book, due to the strip malls and office buildings which add to the metroAtlantaarea , Snellville still enjoys its origins and rural beginnings.
 Chudacoff, Howard P., and Judith E. Smith. The Evolution of American Urban Society. 4th ed.Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1994. Print. Pg. 259
 Teaford, Jon C. The Metropolitan Revolution: the Rise of Post-urban America.New York:Columbia UP, 2006. Print. Pg. 241