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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

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Cobb County is a suburban county located in the state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 688,078, making it the fourth-most populous county in Georgia. Its county seat and largest city is Marietta.

Cobb, along with several adjoining counties, was created on December 3, 1832, by the Georgia General Assembly from the huge Cherokee "county" territory—land northwest of the Chattahoochee River which the state confiscated from the Cherokee Nation and redistributed to settlers via lottery, following the passage of the federal Indian Removal Act. The county was named for Thomas Willis Cobb, a United States representative and senator from Georgia. It is believed that Marietta was named for his wife, Mary.

Cobb County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is situated immediately to the northwest of the city limits of Atlanta.

Etymology - Origin of Cobb County Name

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


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Cobb 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.


According to the US Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 345 square miles (890 km2), of which 340 square miles (880 km2) is land and 4.0 square miles (10 km2) (1.4%) is water.

The county is divided between two major basins. Most runoff flows into the Chattahoochee River along the southeastern border, directly via Willeo Creek, Sope Creek (Sewell Creek), Rottenwood Creek (Powers Creek, Poorhouse Creek, Poplar Creek) and others. The large Sweetwater Creek is the other major stream, carrying the waters of Noses Creek (Ward Creek, Olley Creek, Mud Creek), Nickajack Creek, Powder Springs Creek (Rakestraw Creek, Mill Creek) and others into the Chattahoochee. A ridge from Lost Mountain in the west, to Kennesaw Mountain in the north-central, to Sweat Mountain in the extreme northeast, divides the far north-northwest of the county into the Etowah River basin, which includes Lake Allatoona. Noonday Creek (Little Noonday Creek) flows northward into the lake, as does Allatoona Creek, which forms a major arm of the lake. Proctor Creek forms the much older Lake Acworth, which in turn empties directly into Lake Allatoona under the Lake Acworth Drive (Georgia 92) bridge. North Cobb is in the Coosa River basin

Neighboring Counties:

  • Northeast: Cherokee County
  • Southeast: Fulton County
  • Southwest: Douglas County
  • West: Paulding County
  • Northwest: Bartow County


Higher Education

Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University.

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