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Georgia Counties

Georgia is divided into 159 counties. Under the Georgia Constitution, Counties are granted home rule to deal with issues that are local in nature. Four consolidated city-Counties — Athens (Clarke County), Augusta (Richmond County), Columbus (Muscogee County), and Cusseta (Chattahoochee County) — exist.

Georgia has the second-highest number of Counties of any state in the United States, behind Texas (254). A few Georgia Counties have changed names over time. Jasper County was originally known as Randolph County. Later, the current Randolph County came into being. Webster County was once known as Kinchafoonee County, and Bartow County was formerly known as Cass County.


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Cobb County, Georgia

Cobb County History, Geography, and Demographics

County Seat: Marietta
Year Organized: 1832
Square Miles: 340
Court House:

100 Cherokee Street
County Courthouse
Marietta, GA 30090-7000

Etymology - Origin of County Name

Named for Judge Thomas Willis Cobb of Virginia, who served as a US Senator, state congressman and Superior Court Judge.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: Census Bureau Quick Facts

County History

Cobb County was created from Cherokee County, originally part of the Cherokee Indian Nation. It was the 81st county in Georgia and named for Judge Thomas Willis Cobb of Virginia, who served as a US Senator, state congressman and Superior Court Judge.

Marietta was named for Judge Cobb's wife. The city's downtown was destroyed by Sherman's troops in 1864, but it was reconstructed and now Marietta is home to four National Historic Districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Points of Interest

There is a 23-acre National Cemetery in Marietta with more than 17,000 officers and soldiers from every US war buried in the cemetery.

With 43 parks, recreation centers, and other related facilities, Cobb's park system is one of the Southeast's largest. There are also 8,800 acres of federally owned park lands in Cobb County including Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. Two other of the state's top attractions are found in Cobb: White Water Park and Six Flags Over Georgia.

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.

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Cherokee County
  • Southeast: Fulton County
  • Southwest: Douglas County
  • West: Paulding County
  • Northwest: Bartow County
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The history of our nation was a prolonged struggle to define the relative roles and powers of our governments: federal, state, and local. And the names given the counties, our most locally based jurisdictions, reflects the "characteristic features of this country!"


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