Growth and Development of Cities in Cobb County

By NOELLE HUNTER

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The Cities of Cobb County

Cobb County is one of the five counties that share the Atlanta metropolitan area and this area has seen much growth and development over the past couple of decades.

With typically low crime throughout Cobb County, the crimes that do take place are generally nonviolent, smaller crimes. The county has been recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau as the most educated in the state of Georgia and one of the wealthiest counties in the United States. Cobb is comprised of six cities: Marietta, Kennesaw, Acworth, Austell, Smyrna, and Powder Springs. The heart of the county is Marietta.

Marietta is the largest city in Cobb County. Its population, according to the 2010 census, has reached about 57,000 people. The main attraction in Marietta is the town square. This square houses restaurants, bars, shopping, historical sites, government facilities and a theatre.

The well-known Theatre in the Square was a professional theater that ran a play season each year as well as holiday specials. This theater closed down in 2012 and was replaced by the Strand Theatre, which was renovated to look like the original, classic theater; it plays
older films and plays.

Marietta is also rich in Civil War history. It houses The Marietta Museum of History and The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum. These both contain thousands of artifacts and important memorabilia relating to the history of Marietta and the movie “Gone with the Wind.”

In recent years, Marietta has seen a downward trend in crime and city officials take pride in it having one of the lowest in the county. This trend is expected to continue.

The local government and financial distribution are also factors that distinguish Marietta from other cities The city’s financial situation has remained a good one, even through the downturn of the economy. Its wealth isn’t based on the housing market, so when the housing bubble burst, it wasn’t nearly as affected.

A neighboring city in Cobb County with similar features is Kennesaw. Kennesaw is located about 20 miles north of Atlanta and has a population just below 30,000. It was founded in 1887 and is another town with much Civil War history.

Kennesaw Mountain, where the famous Battle of Kennesaw Mountain was fought, is among the city’s main attractions. Also, the Big Shanty area was the location of The General’s Great Locomotive Chase. This chase occurred during the Civil War when union soldiers captured   The General and attempted to use it to damage transportation for the South. Though they were unsuccessful, the event made Big Shanty an integral part of Kennesaw history.

One of the most interesting attributes of Kennesaw is its infamous gun law. Kennesaw’s government boasts to have the lowest crime rate in the county and suggests it has to do with the city’s outdated gun law.

This law requires every head of household to own a gun, unless he or she wishes not to.

Kennesaw is seen as the perfect balance between city life and country life. It has been recognized by multiple publishing locations as one of the top places to raise a family in the United States. This is because of Kennesaw’s distinct effort to make it a well-rounded city to live in. Its local government spends time and money on trying to better the area and
gives city youth places and activities to participate in.

Kennesaw also houses the expanding college of Kennesaw State University. This university has gained much recent recognition with its push to create a football team, a plan that is quickly developing.

Another Cobb County city is Acworth, which is located about 35 miles north of Atlanta. It is known for its small town charm and its population recently reached 20,000.

Acworth is also referred to as “The Lake City” because it beaches with Lake Allatoona and Lake Acworth. These beaches give Acworth a reputation for having endless outdoor activities to offer its patrons. The warmer seasons are especially popular, offering outdoor entertainment and festivals on the beach.

The city also has much Native American history. The small downtown area was the trading route for Native Americans throughout history and different artifacts can be found there. This small city has seen an increase in crime rate recently and this unfortunate trend is expected to continue.

One of the larger cities in Cobb County is Smyrna, with a population around 51,000. This city is located about 10 miles northwest of Atlanta. This city also plays an important part in history as two battles were fought on Smyrna grounds during the Civil War. Afterwards, much of the city was burned by the Union Army during its march to the sea.

One distinguishing fact about Smyrna is that it is known as “The Jonquil City” because of the thousands of Jonquils that come to life every spring. The town holds an annual festival in honor of these flowers and has large gardens completely covered in Jonquils. This large city has seen a recent incline in crime and this rate is expected to slowly continue.

Located on the western edge of the Atlanta metropolitan area is the small Cobb city Austell with a mere population of 7,000. Over 18 percent of the city is covered in water, which contributes to its smaller population size.

The water, which in the past was known to be a healing place, plays a role in Austell’s history.  Many would visit this area to use these salt springs for therapeutic healing. What is also interesting about Austell is its constant flow of trains through the city, with trains running every single day of the year, excepting Christmas.

The biggest attraction in Austell is the amusement park Six Flags. This park attracts thousands of people each season. This small town has seen a decline in crime in the past few years and this is expected to continue in the future.

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