Marietta in North Atlanta is one of the most sought after residential areas in the Metro area. It is one of 6 municipalities located in Cobb County along with Kennesaw, Acworth, Smyrna, Austell and Powder Springs.
Although some areas may have zip codes that suggest they are within the City of Marietta, they may be unincorporated, and this will affect your tax rates and schooling options.
CITY OF MARIETTA
The City of Marietta is the county seat and largest city in the county. It has 6 historic districts, some of which are on the National Register (Northwest Marietta, Whitlock Avenue, Washington Avenue and Church-Cherokee Streets). The welcome center is located in the old train depot near the Square.
The City boasts the vibrant and historic Glover Square with lots of dining and entertainment options: Restaurants on the Square.
New restaurants are opening all the time, including a new upscale food hall, the Marietta Square Market: Marietta Square Market.
The Strand offers theater performances throughout the year and there is a summer concert series in the Square that is always well attended.
There are 5 museums within walking distance, a regular farmer’s market and many other events and activities.
The southern charm of the Square and surrounding area are often used in films and tv series due to the booming Georgia film industry. Occasionally streets may be closed for filming.
One mile from the square is Kennestone Hospital, which has adult and pediatric emergency and urgent care options. You can hold your place in line for both emergency and urgent care via the Kennestone hospital website.
Close by is Kennesaw Mountain which is part of a 3,000 acre National Park that was part of the Atlanta campaign during the Civil War. It has around 20 miles of trails including one up the mountain with spectacular views of the surrounding area.
There are numerous parks and recreation facilities listed at Marietta Recreation. Playgrounds, walking, jogging, tennis, bocce, basketball and volleyball are all available along with dog parks at Lewis Park and Wildwood Park.
The Square itself has apartments, townhouses, single family and historic homes within walking distance. Be warned though, there is a train line near the square that is in frequent use, so be sure to check if the noise will be a problem.
The area to the west of the City of Marietta has a slightly less urban feel than the Square itself. The cost of housing is also cheaper than in East Cobb and may be a better option for first time buyers looking for a location that is family friendly as houses often come with more land attached.
East Cobb is a slightly more urban, upscale and expensive area. There are a host of shopping and entertainment options and there are numerous options for outdoor recreation such as Sope Creek and the Chattahoochee River. The homes here historically have higher appreciation rates.
When moving to the area it is important to note that the City of Marietta has its own school system separate from the rest of Cobb County.
Marietta City Schools (MCS) is a charter system that runs 11 schools: seven K-5 elementary schools, one 6th grade academy, one middle school, one high school, and one grades 3-5 elementary magnet school (Marietta Center for Advanced Academics).
Marietta High School was the 2019 7A High School State Football Champions.
There are 7 colleges or universities located within the county with Kennesaw State University being the most notable. Within 25 miles are nationally renowned colleges such as Georgia Tech, Emory and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
Taxation rates in Cobb are as follows:
6% Sales tax (4% Sales tax and 2×1% SPLOST tax);
Property is taxed at 40% of its fair market value.
When purchasing a house in Cobb County be sure to apply for a homestead exemption if it is your primary residence.
Seniors often find Cobb County an attractive option due to its School Tax Exemption for residents over 62. The school tax makes up the largest portion of the total property tax: Cobb Tax FAQ.