The City of Buford has come a long way since its beginnings in 1872 as a depot on the railway line between Atlanta and Charlotte, North Carolina. Major domestic and international companies have established operations in Buford.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Buford has a total area of 14.8 square miles. The Mall of Georgia, the largest mall in Georgia, while outside the official Buford city limits, uses Buford as its mailing address. In 2008, CNN Money ranked Buford as number 3 in its 100 best places to live and start a business.