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Marietta, GA

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With a population of over 56,500, Marietta is one of Atlanta’s largest suburbs; it lies about 20 miles northwest of the state capital. It is also the largest city in Cobb County, Georgia, as well as the county seat. Some believe that Marietta was named for Mary Cobb, who was married to US Senator and superior court Judge Thomas Willis Cobb, after whom Cobb County was named, but the origin of the city’s name cannot be confirmed.

Getting Around in Marietta, GA

Most people living in Marietta get around by car. In fact, that is the preferred method of transportation for about 72% of residents. For commuters that need to travel to Atlanta for work, the trip should take about 20 minutes on the I-75 barring any traffic. For Marietta residents without a car, Cobb County Community Transit (CCCT) provides ample bus service throughout the Atlanta area, including Marietta. The Marietta Transfer Center (MTC) is a transit hub for CCCT routes 10, 10C, 15, 20, 30, 40, 45, 50, and 101.

Walk Score®
"Somewhat Walkable"
Transit Score®
The average commuter time in Marietta is:
30 to 34 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 5.19%
  • 17.94%
  • 3.55%


<p>Many jobs in the Marietta area stem from the Dobbins Air Reserve Base, which lies on the south side of town, and Lockheed Martin, a manufacturing plant that employs 7,000 workers in the area. Still, the major employers in town include WellStar Kennestone Hospital, which employs close to 5,000 people; YKK, which employs about 2,500; Alere, which employs about 1,750; and Columbian Chemicals, C. W. Matthews Contracting Co., Tip Top Poultry, Marietta City Schools, and Cobb County School District, each of which employs over 1,000 people; and U.S. Security Associates and Cobb County, both of which employ about 900 each.</p>

Marietta Parks and Recreation

<p>Perhaps the most famous park in Marietta is the 1.35-acre Glover Park, which is located in the Marietta Square and features a gazebo, fountain, stage, playground, benches, and landscaping, However, there are 17 other parks within the city limits, including the largest, Laurel Park, which encompasses 25 acres. In addition to 13 lighted tennis courts, Laurel Park has a 1-mile walking track, a large playground, two&Ecirc;ponds, a sand volleyball court, an outdoor basketball court, picnic tables and grills, two shuffleboard courts, and a multi-purpose field. Marietta is also known for its butterfly garden in Monarch Park, and its proximity to the 2,923-acre Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.</p>

Arts and Culture

<p>Although Marietta is a smaller city, it still offers plenty of options in the way of arts, culture, and entertainment. It's home to three stages of live theatre that put on productions year round, as well as a plethora of museums, including The Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square, the Marietta Museum of History, the Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, the Marietta Fire Museum, and the Root House Museum. In addition, the Marietta Square Farmers' Market, which takes place on the weekends year round, has recently grown in popularity among Marietta residents.</p>