Located immediately northwest of Atlanta, Cobb County has a population of 717,190, the fourth largest in Georgia. Established in 1834, Marietta is the hub of Cobb County and is a vibrant city with a bustling downtown square, historic neighborhoods and an extensive parks and recreation system.

Cobb has a self-contained public transportation system and is trisected by three major interstates. The business and shopping districts feature the Galleria Centre and Cumberland Mall in the south, and Town Center Mall to the north. Hundreds of businesses are based in Cobb County, including Fortune 500 companies Lockheed Martin, The Home Depot and IBM.

Cobb is home to Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University, two of the state’s fastest-growing public universities.

With venues such as the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, two Six Flags theme parks, and Fifth Third Bank Stadium at KSU, a variety of cultural, recreational and sporting events take place in Cobb year-round. The Atlanta Braves baseball club will join the community in 2017 when the team moves into its new stadium in south Cobb County.



High School Graduate or higher: age 25+, 2009-2013

  • 8 %
  • 1% higher than Georgia

Bachelor’s degree or higher: age 25+, 2009-2013

  • 7%
  • 7% higher than Georgia

Median Household Income: 2009-2013

  • $63,920
  • $14,741 more than Georgia

Home ownership rate: 2009-2013

  • 4%
  • 3% higher than Georgia

Average one-way commute to work: 2009-2013

  • 5 minutes


Cobb County is home to:

Military Industry

  • Dobbins Air Reserve Base
  • Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Two School Districts:

  • Cobb County Schools
  • Marietta City Schools
  • Several private and charter schools

Colleges & Universities:

  • Kennesaw State University
  • Chattahoochee Technical College

Shop till you Drop:

  • Town Center at Cobb
  • Cumberland Mall
  • Merchant’s Walk
  • The Avenue East Cobb
  • The Avenue West Cobb

Interesting Places to Go:

  • Kennesaw Mountain
  • Marietta National Cemetery
  • White Water
  • Six Flags Over Georgia
  • Marietta Square
  • The Big Chicken
  • Lake Allatoona
  • The New Braves Stadium (Opens in 2017)

Health and Well-Being:

  • WellStar-Kennestone
  • WellStar-Windy Hill
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Well Star Pediatric Center
  • WellStar-Cobb

Property Value on the Rise:

  • Increase of 7% (2014-2015)
  • Predicted to increase another 7% (2015-2016)

Here comes Hollywood:

  • Georgia ranks 3rd among states in terms of film and television productions.

We honor our Military:

  • American Legion:
    • Post 296–Marietta
    • Post 29–Marietta
    • Post 160—Smyrna
    • Post 320—Kennesaw
    • Post 304—Kennesaw
    • Post 264—Mableton
    • Post 216—Austell
    • Post 294—Powder Springs
  • Veterans of Foreign Wars
    • Post 2681—Marietta
    • Post 5408—Acworth
  • Disabled American Veterans
    • Chapter 6—Marietta

Service Clubs:

  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America
  • Junior League
  • Kiwanis Club
  • Lions Club International
  • Optimist Club
  • Rotary International
  • Vinings Civic Club

Cobb’s top employers:

  1. The Home Depot—20,000
  2. Cobb County School District—14,100
  3. WellStar Health System—13,498
  4. Lockheed Martin—6,000
  5. Kennesaw State University—5,146
  6. Cobb County Government—5,068
  7. Publix Supermarkets—3,574
  8. Six Flags Over Georgia—2,464
  9. The Kroger Company—2,226
  10. Marietta City Schools—1,151

Famous Residents:

  • Larry Nelson (Professional Golf): Acworth
  • Louise Suggs (Professional Golf): Austell
  • Joanne Woodward (Academy Award-winning Actress): Marietta
  • Travis Tritt (Country Music Singer): Marietta
  • Alton Brown (TV Personality): Marietta
  • Newt Gingrich (Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives): Marietta
  • Alan Ball (Writer and Producer): Marietta
  • W. Young (Professional Baseball): Powder Springs
  • Lionel Watts (Professional Baseball): Powder Springs
  • Johnny Hill (Professional Baseball): Powder Springs
  • Lauretta Hannon (Author and Radio Commentator): Powder Springs
  • Robyn Elaine Lively (Actress): Powder Springs
  • Julia Roberts (Academy Award-winning Actress): Smyrna
  • Hines Ward (NFL Star): Smyrna

Entertainment in Cobb:

  • Brawner Hall—Smyrna
  • Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center—Atlanta
  • Bobbie Bailey & Family Performance Center–Kennesaw
  • Cobb Civic Center—Marietta
  • Mable House Arts Complex—Mableton
  • Earl Smith Strand Theatre—Marietta
  • Georgia Metropolitan Dance Theatre—Marietta
  • Murray Arts Center—Kennesaw
  • The 120 Tavern and Music Hall—Marietta
  • The New Braves Stadium (Opens in 2017)


Cobb County Factbook (2015-2016)

Published by the Marietta Daily Journal