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County Formed December 2, 1832
County Seat Marietta
Incorporated Cities Acworth, Austell, Kennesaw, Marietta, Powder Springs and Smyrna
Total Area 344.461626 square miles


From its county population in 2000 of 612529 to its current population estimate of 730981, the county has experienced a growth change of 118452.

Cobb County was named in memory of U.S. senator Thomas W. Cobb of Greensboro. The county seat, Marietta, was chartered in 1834. Located in the upper Piedmont, Cobb County never had many large landholdings, developing instead around small subsistence farms. 

During the Civil War (1861-65), a locomotive chase known as Andrews Raid began in 1862 at Big Shanty (later Kennesaw), and in 1864 General William T. Sherman led an invading Union army through the county as part of the Atlanta campaign. At the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain(June 27, 1864), the Union force outflanked the Confederates, forcing them to abandon the mountain, as they struggled to stay between Sherman and Atlanta.

The county began to be transformed in 1942, when Bell Aircraft announced the opening of a Marietta branch to produce B-29 bombers. By 1945 the large government-built assembly plant provided employment for more than 28,000 workers. After World War II (1941-45), Bell Bomber closed, but then Lockheed-Martin Georgia became the nation's leading producer of transport planes

Points of Interest

The Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park is a popular tourist attraction in Cobb County.

Today the county's role in the war is commemorated in Kennesaw at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, which houses the locomotive General used during Andrews Raid.

The Cobb Energy Performing Arts Center is ranked the 23rd top theatre venue in the world by PollStar.

Notable Citizens

County music star Travis Tritt was born in Marietta and Academy-award winning actress Julia Roberts was raised in Smyrna.

Higher Education

Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

Annual Events

The Annual Yaarab Shrine Circus & Carnival is the largest Shrine Circus in North America with many wonderful events and good food.

The annual Pigs & Peaches BBQ Festival is hosted every August in Kennesaw.

Chamber of Commerce
Additional County Info
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State of Georgia

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park

Six Flags Over Georgia

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