Dacula (/dəˈkjuːlə/ də-KEW-lə) is a city in Gwinnett County, Georgia, United States. It is an exurb of Atlanta, located approximately 37 miles (60 km) northeast of downtown. The population as of the 2010 census was 4,442, and the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population to be 6,255 as of 2018.
The vicinity of Dacula was one of the first areas in present-day metropolitan Atlanta to be claimed by white settlers (around the time of the War of 1812), but the area remained mostly undeveloped until the late 20th century. The Dacula area is home to some of the oldest buildings in greater Atlanta, such as the Elisha Winn House, which originally acted as the courthouse for Gwinnett County. Dacula itself began in the late 1800s under the name of Chinquapin Grove, where Dacula Elementary now stands. The town was renamed named “Hoke”, in 1891 after a Seaboard Air Line Railroad executive, but that name was changed due to the Post Office Department’s protest. Dacula’s name was formed from letters in Decatur and Atlanta, two cities to the west that were already prospering at the time of Dacula’s founding. The city was once home to a train station on a CSX line through northeast Georgia, although the station closed in the mid-1950s.