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Marietta, Georgia


Marietta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia
Cobb County courthouse in Marietta
Cobb County courthouse in Marietta

Location in Georgia
Marietta is located in Metro Atlanta
Location of Marietta in Metro Atlanta
Country United States
State Georgia
County Cobb
 • Mayor R. Steve Tumlin, Jr.
 • City Manager William F. Bruton, Jr.
 • Total 23.2 sq mi (60.0 km2)
 • Land 23.1 sq mi (59.8 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation 1,129 ft (344 m)
Population (2013)
 • Total 59,089
 • Density 2,551/sq mi (984.8/km2)
  2013 estimate
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30006-08, 30060-69, 30090
Area code(s) 770/678/470
FIPS code 13-49756[1]
GNIS feature ID 0317694[2]
Website .gov.mariettagawww
Ruins of the paper mill at Sope Creek

Marietta is located in central

At least two books have been produced chronicling the history of the city in pictures:

Further reading

  • City of Marietta official website
  • Marietta Welcome Center

External links

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  9. ^ History of Oakton retrieved May 1, 2008
  10. ^ On this date in Civil War history: The Great Locomotive Chase - April 12, 1862 | This Week in the Civil War
  11. ^ Oney, Steve (2003). And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. New York: Random House. pp. 513-521. Dinnerstein, Leonard. The Leo Frank Case. University of Georgia Press, 1987. pp. 139-140.
  12. ^ Wilkes, Donald E Jr., Flagpole Magazine, "POLITICS, PREJUDICE, AND PERJURY" p. 9 (March 1, 2000). "The modern historical consensus, as exemplified in the Dinnerstein book, is that ... Leo Frank was an innocent man convicted at an unfair trial."
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  14. ^ Some references to the antisemitic nature of the Frank case:
    • Dinnerstein, Leonard (1987). The Leo Frank Case. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press. Google Books p. xv. Dinnerstein writes, "One of the most infamous outbursts of anti-Semitic feeling in the United States occurred in Georgia in the years 1913, 1914, and 1915."
    • sic] thing, that one race of men -- and one, only, -- should be able to convulse the world, by a system of newspaper agitation and suppression, when a member of that race is convicted of a capital crime against another race. ... from all over the world, the Children of Israel are flocking to this country, and plans are on foot to move them from Europe en mass ... to empty upon our shores the very scum and dregs of the Parasite Race. [italics are in the original text]"
    • Oney, Steve (2003). And the Dead Shall Rise: The Murder of Mary Phagan and the Lynching of Leo Frank. New York: Random House. p. 462. Speaking of the national perception of the Frank case in the first weeks of 1915, Oney writes, "Outside Georgia, the perception that the state and its citizens were involved in an anti-Semitic persecution of an innocent man became universal."
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  16. ^ Herman, Arthur. Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, pp. 297-8, 308-10, 314, 316, Random House, New York, NY, 2012. ISBN 978-1-4000-6964-4.
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  25. ^ "Kool Smiles Main Contacts." Kool Smiles. Retrieved on January 1, 2011. "Kool Smiles Patient Support Center 1090 Northchase Pkwy SE, Ste 290 Marietta, GA 30067-6407"
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Marietta has two sister cities.[41]

Sister cities

Notable people

Miramax Films and Disney filmed scenes of the 1995 movie Gordy here. The 2014 film Dumb and Dumber To filmed a scene in the Marietta Square. The CSX freight trains between Atlanta and Chattanooga (Western & Atlantic Subdivision) still run a block west of the town square, past the former railroad depot (now the Visitor Center) and the Kennesaw House, one of only four buildings in Marietta not burned to the ground in Sherman's March to the Sea. The Kennesaw House is home to the Marietta Museum of History[30] which tells the history of Marietta and Cobb County.

The U.S. 41.

The Marietta Museum of History exhibits the history of the city and county. The museum is home to thousands of artifacts including items from Marietta residents and businesses. The Marietta Gone with the Wind Museum, also called "Scarlett on the Square", houses a collection of memorabilia related to Gone with the Wind, both the book and the film.

The Marietta Players perform semi-professional theater year round. The Strand Theatre has been renovated back to its original design and features classic films and other events.

Downtown is the town square and former location of the county courthouse. The square is the site of several cultural productions and public events, including a weekly farmers' market.

The city has six historic districts, some on the National Register of Historic Places. A seventh, along Kennesaw Avenue, is proving more controversial, and is still being considered as of March 2010. The city's welcome center is located in the historic train depot.

Historic Downtown Square


Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), and Life University are located in Marietta, serving more than 20,000 students in more than 90 programs of study.

[29] The school system employs 1,200 people. MCS is an

All of the Georgia High School Association Class A (Region 6) athletic division while Marietta and Wheeler compete in Class AAAAAA (Regions 4 and 5, respectively). Walker occasionally challenges class 6A schools in some of its stronger sports, such as basketball, with a moderate level of historical success.


The Marietta Daily Journal is published in the city.


Cobb Community Transit, Marietta/Cobb County's Transit System and Xpress GA Buses serve the City.

Transit systems

The city operates Marietta Power under the auspices of the Board of Lights & Water.


Lockheed Martin Aeronautics employs 7,000 workers locally.[27]

# Employer # of Employees
1 Cobb County School District 13,371
2 WellStar Kennestone Hospital 4,700
3 YKK 2,500
4 Alere 1,766
5 Columbian Chemicals 1,410
6 C. W. Matthews Contracting Co. 1,400
7 Tip Top Poultry 1,300
8 Marietta City Schools 519
9 U.S. Security Associates 950
10 Cobb County 911

According to Marietta's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[26] the top employers within the city are:

Top employers

The dental provider company Kool Smiles has its headquarters in the Kool Smiles Patient Support Center in Marietta.[25]

Dobbins Air Reserve Base on the south side of town and a Lockheed Martin manufacturing plant are among the major industries in the city. The Lockheed Georgia Employees Credit Union, is based in Marietta.

F-22 Raptor at Lockheed Martin in Marietta


The median income for a household in the city was $40,645, and the median income for a family was $47,340. Males had a median income of $31,186 versus $30,027 for females. The per capita income for the city was $23,409. About 11.5% of families and 15.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.3% of those under age 18 and 10.2% of those age 65 or over.

Personal income


Former mayors

Terms of office are for four years and the number of terms a member may serve are unlimited. There are seven councilman, each representing a separate ward.[23]

The City Council appoints the City Manager, the city's chief executive officer. The Council-Manager relationship is comparable to that of a Board of Directors and CEO in a private company or corporation. The City Manager appoints city department heads and is responsible to the City Council for all city operations. The City Council also appoints the city attorney who serves as the city's chief legal officer, and the City Clerk who maintains all the city's records.

The City Council is the governing body of the city with the authority to adopt and enforce municipal laws and regulations. The Mayor and City Council appoint members of the community to sit on the city's various boards and commissions, ensuring that a wide cross-section of the community is represented in the city government.

Incorporated as a village in 1834 and as a city in 1852,[22] the city of Marietta is organized under a form of government consisting of a Mayor, City Council and City Manager. The City Council is made up of representatives elected from each of seven districts within the city and a Mayor elected at-large.


In the city, the population was distributed by age with 22.4% under the age of 18, 14.1% from 18 to 24, 39.4% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 8.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females there were 101.3 males. For every 101 females age 18 and over, there were 100.3 males.

There were 23,895 households out of which 27.8% had children under 18 living with them, 35.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 45.5% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.05.

As of the census of 2010, there were 58,748 people, 23,895 households, and 13,022 families residing in the city.[1] The population density was 2,684.1 people per square mile (1,036.2/km²). There were 25,227 housing units at an average density of 1,152.6 per square mile (445.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.7% White, 31.5% African American, 0.5% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 9.1% from other races, and 3.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 20.6% of the population.


Climate data for Marietta, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
Average high °F (°C) 52
Average low °F (°C) 30
Record low °F (°C) −12
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.86
Source: [19]

Marietta falls under the USDA 7b Plant Hardiness zone.[18]

Marietta has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa).


According to the United States Census Bureau, Marietta has a total area of 23.2 square miles (60.0 km2), of which 23.1 square miles (59.8 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.38%, is water.[4]

Marietta is located near the center of Cobb County, between Cartersville is 24 miles (39 km) to the northwest.


The city constructed and operated Marietta FiberNet, a fiber optic network for about $35 million in the late 1990s. In 2004, it sold the network to American Fiber Systems for $11 million.[17]

Incorporated in 1993, Theatre in the Square was a year-round professional theater, that produced a five-show subscription season as well as summer and holiday shows. It ceased operations in 2012.

In the late 1960s, an GA 5) since 1888. This loss is now regarded as one of the county's biggest mistakes, and state law now requires a county-wide referendum before destroying historic county courthouses. Other historic buildings, such as the Works Progress Administration building, were also torn down at the time. The Glover Locomotive Works, which had been abandoned, was also torn down in the late 1990s despite its historic significance (although it was just outside city limits). As of 2010, another courthouse is under construction for the superior courts, adapting some minor design elements of the demolished courthouse.

In 1942, Eddie Rickenbacker visited the area in order to decide where to place a Bell Bomber Plant. Marietta was chosen. The plant eventually became Lockheed Martin.[15][16]

. Queens, New York. Phagan was buried at the Marietta City Cemetery, while Frank was buried in Anti-Defamation League and led to the founding of the [14] in the United States antisemitism The Frank case drew attention to [13][12] The consensus of researchers on the subject is that Frank was wrongly convicted.[11]

Mary Phagan as depicted in the Atlanta Journal

20th century

In 1892, the city established a public school system. It included a high school for white students and a separate high school for blacks.

The Marietta Confederate Cemetery, with the graves of over 3,000 Confederate soldiers killed during the Battle of Atlanta, is located in the city.

General William Tecumseh Sherman invaded the town during the Atlanta Campaign in the summer of 1864. In November 1864, General Hugh Kilpatrick set the town ablaze, the first strike in Sherman's March to the Sea.[7] Sherman's troops crossed the Chattahoochee River at a shallow section known as the Palisades, after burning the Marietta Paper Mills near the mouth of Sope Creek.

In April 1862, James Andrews, a civilian working with the Union Army, came to Marietta, along with a small party of Union soldiers dressed in civilian clothing. The group spent the night in the Fletcher House hotel (later known as the Kennesaw House and now the home of the Marietta Museum of History) located immediately in front of the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Andrews and his men, who later became known as the Andrews Raiders, planned to seize a train and proceed north toward the city of Chattanooga, destroying the railroad on their way. They hoped, in so doing, to isolate Chattanooga from Atlanta and bring about the downfall of the Confederate stronghold. The Raiders boarded a waiting train on the morning of April 12, 1862, along with other passengers. Shortly thereafter, the train made a scheduled stop in the town of Big Shanty, now known as Kennesaw. When the other passengers got off the train for breakfast, Andrews and the Raiders stole the engine and the car behind it, which carried the fuel. The engine, called The General, and Andrews' Raiders had begun the episode now known as the Great Locomotive Chase.[7] Andrews and the Raiders failed in their mission. Andrews and all of his men were caught within two weeks, including two men who had arrived late and missed the hijacking. All were tried as spies, convicted, and hanged.[10]

By the time the Civil War began in 1861, Marietta had recovered from the fires.[7]

Civil War

[7] During the 1850s, fire destroyed much of the city on three separate occasions.[7] The

Businessman and politician John Glover arrived in 1848. A popular figure, Glover was elected mayor when the city incorporated in 1852.[7] Another early resident was Dr. Carey Cox, who promoted a "water cure", which developed into a spa that attracted patients to the area. The Cobb County Medical Society recognizes him as the county's first physician.[7]

Marietta was initially selected as the hub for the new Western and Atlantic Railroad, and business boomed.[7] By 1838, roadbed and trestles had been built north of the city. However, in 1840, political wrangling stopped construction for a time. In 1842, the railroad's new management decided to move the hub from Marietta to an area that would become Atlanta. Nonetheless, in 1850, when the railroad began operation, Marietta shared in the resulting prosperity.[7]

Built in 1838, Oakton House[8] is the oldest continuously occupied residence in Marietta. The original barn, milk house, smokehouse, and wellhouse remain on the property. The spectacular gardens contain the boxwood parterre from the 1870s. Oakton served as Major General Loring's headquarters during the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in 1864.[9]

[7] Homes were built by early settlers near the

Early settlers

The origin of the name is uncertain. It is believed that the city was named for Mary Cobb, the wife of Superior Court judge Thomas Willis Cobb. Judge Cobb is the namesake of the county.[6]




  • History 1
    • Etymology 1.1
    • Early settlers 1.2
    • Civil War 1.3
    • 20th century 1.4
  • Geography 2
    • Climate 2.1
  • Demographics 3
  • Government 4
    • Former mayors 4.1
  • Economy 5
    • Personal income 5.1
    • Industry 5.2
    • Top employers 5.3
  • Infrastructure 6
    • Transit systems 6.1
  • Media 7
  • Education 8
  • Culture 9
  • Notable people 10
  • Sister cities 11
  • References 12
  • External links 13
  • Further reading 14

As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 56,579. The 2013 estimate is 59,089, making it one of the Atlanta metropolitan area's largest suburbs. Marietta is the fourth largest of the principal cities (by population) of the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area. [4][5]

and largest city. seat and is the county's [3]

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