Conveniently located about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Cobb County is a constantly growing suburb with much to offer. For families there are multiple parks and attractions, as well as Kennesaw Mountain. For students there are numerous public schools in the county school system, two state universities, and one technical college. The historical Marietta Square attracts history buffs and antique shoppers, in addition to people looking for an enjoyable afternoon of strolling around the square. Cobb County was one of the 24 counties created in 1832 from Cherokee Indian territory. It is named for Judge Thomas W. Cobb, a former U.S. Senator. Marietta, the county seat, is said to be named for his wife. In frontier days, the Chattahoochee River, which forms Cobb’s southeast boundary, served as a dividing line between Creek and Cherokee Indian territories.
Acworth, also known as the “Lake City,” is experiencing rapid residential growth as newcomers discover its natural beauty, recreational opportunities and stable economic base. Once a busy trade center on the Western and Atlantic Railroad, Acworth was incorporated in 1860. Located just 35 miles northwest of Atlanta, Acworth boasts a small-town atmosphere with easy access to the city via Interstate 75 or Highway 41. Acworth makes great use of its location on the banks of Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona with a full calendar of events, such as a national wakeboard competition, Easter egg hunt and road races, plus year-round recreational opportunities, like swimming, boating and camping. In addition to its 12 parks, Acworth is also home to Cobblestone Golf Course, which was recently ranked the No. 1 public course in the state by Golf Digest. Its historic downtown district offers an eclectic collection of antique shops and modern boutiques. As a Georgia Main Street city, Acworth is committed to preserving its historic buildings for generations to come.
Once known as Salt Springs, Austell was a popular location for hunters, who came to hunt the deer attracted to the area’s salt licks. The hunters claimed the area’s water also had medicinal properties, and so they began to settle there. Around the same time, the Georgia Pacific division of the Southern Railway made Austell the main station between its lines headed to Birmingham and Chattanooga. The town is named for Gen. Alfred Austell, who founded the Atlanta National Bank (which later became Wachovia) because of his efforts to lure major railways south. Austell is buried in Atlanta’s Oakland Cemetery. Today, Austell is a thriving historical center located just 18 miles from Atlanta, with a population of around 6,000 people. Six Flags Over Georgia, a 290-acre theme park, lies just outside the city limits and draws many visitors throughout the year.
One of the metro area’s most historical cities, Kennesaw was originally one of the shanty towns that sprang up around the Western and Atlantic Railroad in the 1830s. Many of these towns were destroyed by Sherman’s army during the Civil War, but were subsequently rebuilt. Kennesaw was incorporated in 1887 and has been growing ever since. It is now home to one of the state’s best school systems, as well as institutes of higher learning, like Kennesaw State University, the state’s third largest university. Parks and other recreational opportunities abound in Kennesaw, the home of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park. Earlier this year, Kennesaw landed the No. 10 spot on SafeWise’s list of the 50 Safest Cities in Georgia. This family-oriented town hosts a wealth of events and festivals throughout the year, from outdoor movies, a farmers market and road races to the annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ and Taste of Kennesaw festivals.
Marietta, the county seat of Cobb, is known for its historic town square and small-town charm. Chock full of shops and restaurants, as well as hosting festivals, concerts and other events in the square’s Glover Park, the square is also home to the famed Earl Strand Theatre. The 1935 Art Deco theater was restored and reopened in 2009 and hosts movies, concerts and shows year-round. Education is a top priority in Marietta. As an International Baccalaureate World School District, Marietta City Schools was the first district in Georgia to offer the IB Middle Years Program for grades 6–10. The district is also home to five Georgia Schools of Excellence and one National School of Excellence. With more than 56,000 residents calling Marietta home, the city truly has something for everyone. In 2011, CNNMoney.com named Marietta one of the top 25 places in the country to retire.
With its motto of “Small Enough to Know You…Large Enough to Serve You,” Powder Springs, a city with a population of nearly 14,000, embodies the spirit of community that is prevalent throughout Cobb County. Incorporated in 1838 under the name Springville, the town became known as Powder Springs in 1859. The name comes from the city’s seven springs, which contain minerals that turn the sand black. Powder Springs has worked hard to preserve its unique heritage, as evidenced by downtown’s Seven Springs Museum. Recreation is still important, and over the past few years Powder Springs has developed an extensive citywide trail system that connects neighborhoods, parks and public facilities.
Smyrna, Cobb’s second-largest city, is known as the Jonquil City for the many bright yellow blooms that pop up every spring. Like many of Cobb’s cities, Smyrna originally sprung up around the burgeoning Western and Atlantic Railroad in the 1830s and was officially incorporated in 1872. It has steadily grown ever since, and now boasts a well-planned and rejuvenated downtown area that has served as a model for many other communities. The Village Green features shopping, dining, a community center and one of the state’s only city-owned libraries, all intertwined with new residential spaces. In 1997, the revitalization project earned the city the prestigious Urban Land Institute’s Award of Excellence, and the area continues to grow in popularity. Within one mile of downtown, Smyrna residents have access to 33 acres of parks and green space. Businesses thrive in Smyrna because of its supportive city government and its proximity to the thriving Cumberland-Galleria business district.
Typically defined as the area east of I-75 and south of Town Center at Cobb, East Cobb is a vibrant and prosperous residential and commercial community. The Cumberland-Galleria business district is a major hub for conventions and retail, and in 2017 will be the new home of the Atlanta Braves major league baseball team. Though not a municipality, it is a strong residential draw because of its excellent public schools and well-planned subdivisions. Shopping opportunities abound at centers like Merchant’s Walk and the Avenues East Cobb. Numerous parks offering recreational activities, and a close proximity to the cultural events of Atlanta continue to lure newcomers across the Chattahoochee River to this popular locale.
The unincorporated town of Vinings lies between the affluent West Paces Ferry section of Atlanta’s Buckhead neighborhood and Smyrna. Despite its small size (an area of about 3.3 miles and a population of a little more than 9,000), the town center of Vinings Jubilee attracts those searching for unique shopping and dining experiences who want the feel of the suburbs with easy access to the city. One of Vinings’ premiere attractions is the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, home of the Atlanta Opera, as well as musicals, plays, concerts and other events. Through education and various fundraisers, the Vinings Historic Preservation Society helps to maintain the city’s historical buildings.
Mableton, which occupies more than 20 square miles between interstates 285 and 20, is the Atlanta area’s largest unincorporated area. It is also one of Cobb County’s most historic areas. The Mable House Plantation was used as a camp by Federal troops during the Civil War and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places and leased to the Cobb County Parks and Recreation Department for concerts and other events. The complex also has an amphitheater and arts center. Its proximity to the major business districts of both Cobb County and the city of Atlanta, as well as the Silver Comet Trail, make it an ideal location for families and businesses alike.
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There’s a new energy in Cobb County. It’s a way of life and doing business that’s attracting the nation’s best known brands, passionate entrepreneurs and professionals eager to live out their version of the American dream. Discover the county’s unparalleled assets—charming neighborhoods, high-performing schools, breathtaking recreational offerings and cultural attractions, a thriving dining scene and the lowest tax rates in the metro area. The Home Depot, GE Energy, Genuine Parts Company, The Weather Channel and now the Atlanta Braves all call Cobb home because it’s a place to grow your business and your family.
The county’s mix of economic development assets is impressive. Cobb County offers quick and easy access to downtown Atlanta and the world’s busiest airport—the gateway to the world—a low cost of living, and a fiscally sound, pro-business government. Plus, you’ll find the nation’s top K-12 and higher education institutions, and quality of life accolades from some of the nation’s top publications. These assets and an aggressive new focus on economic development by the Cobb Chamber and its community-wide partners led to an impressive 6 project wins, generating over $1.04 billion in new investments and creating 5,332 new jobs in 2013. Representing 5,200 jobs, the Atlanta Braves stadium site is the largest economic development win for the county.
It’s not difficult to figure out why people move to Cobb County.
We’ve got the lowest tax rate in the metro Atlanta area. We’ve got the highest bond ratings possible. We are home to the state’s largest non-academic, nonprofit health system.
We have the benefits of both city and rural living. We have more than 5,000 acres of federally-owned park lands, 35 county-owned park facilities and extensive multi-use trail systems that wind for miles throughout the community. Four major interstates and a modern county-owned airport give us stellar transportation access while numerous major shopping districts place retail close at hand.
We have public transit and public universities. We encourage private enterprise. Fortune 500 companies such as Home Depot and Lockheed Martin make Cobb County their home, as do entertainment giants such as Six Flags over Georgia and Six Flags White Water.
We have a convention center to rival any in the metro area. Just around the corner from that, we have the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre. And that same area will soon host the Atlanta Braves’ new $672 million stadium.
By itself, this deal will bring an estimated $400 million of investment to Cobb for the creation of a mixed-used entertainment district on the site, thousands of construction jobs and millions in revenues coming to county government and schools.
Meanwhile, we recently marked the 18th consecutive year that the nation’s top bond rating agencies each recognized us with their “Triple A” ratings, keeping us in the top 1 percent of counties nationwide. Likewise, our Water System is the first AAA-rated county water/sewer utility in America to gain this recognition by the same bond rating agencies.
These singular achievements have become so commonplace to our longtime residents, the public barely thinks of them as news anymore. Instead, our strong sense of fiscal responsibly has become a fact of life and expected by taxpayers.
Our accomplishments are enhanced by our conservative policies and investments by the business community. Our partnership in the EDGE program demonstrates our commitment to job creation and economic development.
Cooperative efforts by our economic development community are credited with 18 corporate locations and expansions, generating more than $1 billion in new investment, creating more than 5,300 new and retained jobs in 2013.
Education points to our bright future. For instance, 44 percent of residents have earned bachelor’s degrees, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The national average is only 28 percent.
The Cobb County School District SAT average score of 1515 is 63 points higher than the state average and 17 points higher than the national average. With a composite ACT score of 22.1, last year marked the eighth consecutive year Cobb graduates exceeded national and state averages on in all four subject areas.
More than two-thirds of Cobb County schools received scores of 80 or higher on the 2012 Georgia College and Career Ready Performance Index. For the 2013 Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests, the percentage of Cobb students meeting or exceeding standards was higher than the state in every content area and grade level.
We pay attention to our quality of life and it shows by the number of people who move here. Our steadily increasing population is estimated at more than 720,000 with a median household income of $58,150 in January 2013. This is higher than the median national income of $51,017.
For those few looking for something outside the county, we have excellent access to the rest of metro Atlanta. Cobb County is less than 20 miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and a 15-minute drive from downtown Atlanta.
Nevertheless, it would appear that Cobb County will continue to draw visitors who want to enjoy its own attractions. Travel and tourism here amounts to an economic impact of $2.02 billion, according to the Cobb County Chamber of Commerce.
Frankly, there are too many reasons to list showing why Cobb County is one of the greatest communities in the nation. Whether you want to tour the hallowed grounds of Kennesaw National Battlefield Park, buy a home without having to pay exorbitant property taxes or enjoy a gourmet meal at a restaurant in the Cumberland area, we have much to offer.