Long regarded as one of the best places to reside in metro Atlanta, Cobb County captures the best of both worlds with its blossoming businesses, neighborhoods and eateries just beyond the Interstate 285 perimeter. Providing easy access to recreation and entertainment opportunities, as well as a stellar education system, Cobb is more than a thriving commercial and residential area — it’s a great place to visit.
Some of the Southeast’s largest amusement parks, including Six Flags Over Georgia and Six Flags White Water, add to Cobb’s exciting allure year-round. The county also offers multiple options in terms of public parks, golf courses, museums, galleries, theaters and shops. Major employers in the area include the Cobb County School System, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company and WellStar Health System, as well as hundreds of other businesses, including 200 international firms. The “Platinum Triangle” features 20 million square feet of urban office space at the intersection of I-75 and Interstate 285, and several businesses have established a strong base in burgeoning Vinings and Smyrna.
Education prospers under the leadership of two distinct school systems — Cobb County and Marietta City school districts. As the second-largest school district in the state and the 24th largest in the country, the Cobb County School District consists of 114 elementary, middle and high schools and has been honored with a variety of awards, including Georgia School of Excellence and Blue Ribbon School designations. Marietta City Schools' smaller base of 11 schools is equally as impressive. The school system is among the small list of schools to offer the full International Baccalaureate continuum and is home to five Georgia Schools of Excellence and one National School of Excellence. Cobb also houses numerous private, specialized and alternative schools, as well as higher education opportunities at Chattahoochee Technical College, Kennesaw State University and Life University.
Known as the “Lake City,” Acworth makes good use of its prime location on the banks of Lake Acworth with a full calendar of events centered around the water. It was once a busy trade center on the Western and Atlantic Railroad and was incorporated in 1860.
Located just 18 miles from Atlanta, Austell was once a popular getaway spot for those seeking rest and relaxation in its hot springs. Its revitalized downtown area and population of nearly 7,000 also give it a small-town feel.
Best known as home to Kennesaw Mountain, site of an important Civil War battle, Kennesaw is now a bustling business center in Cobb County. Home to more than 5,000 companies and Kennesaw State University, it is also known as a great place to raise a family.
The town motto, “Small enough to know you, large enough to serve you,” speaks volumes about Powder Springs. Once a gold mining town, the city now boasts several parks, as well as a museum that chronicles its rich history.
Just 15 minutes from Atlanta, the “Jonquil City” is home to a wealth of clean, family-friendly neighborhoods, upscale dining establishments, pristine public parks and a vibrant Village Green. With a never-ending calendar stacked with festivals, fairs and events, it’s no wonder that Smyrna ranks as the second largest city in Cobb County and one of the fourth fastest-growing cities in metro Atlanta.