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Southern Cobb cities see greatest growth

Families and Lycra-clad bike enthusiasts alike enjoy the Silver Comet Trail, which starts in Smyrna and connects with the Chief Ladiga Trail near the Alabama line. AJC Staff
Families and Lycra-clad bike enthusiasts alike enjoy the Silver Comet Trail, which starts in Smyrna and connects with the Chief Ladiga Trail near the Alabama line. AJC Staff

In Cobb County, two cities on the south end drew the most newcomers according to figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Population estimates for 2018 show Cobb County at 756,865 residents, compared to 752,783 in 2017.

Cobb has six cities, but it was two on the south end, Smyrna and Powder Springs, that saw the fastest growth between 2017 and 2018.

Smyrna added more than 250 people, growing from 56,436 in 2017 to 56,706 in 2018.

Smyrna Mayor Max Bacon said he isn’t surprised by the numbers because residents are attracted to Smyrna’s churches, schools, civic association and diverse and welcoming community.

“I think people are wanting to live in Smyrna,” he said.

Powder Springs saw even more residents move into its jurisdiction, growing from 15,006 from 2017 to 15,378 in 2018.

Powder Springs City Manager Pam Conner said many factors can be attributed to that town’s growth, including its proximity to major cities, its price point of homes for sale and its lineup of amenities such as parks, trails and greenspace.

City leaders have also been consistent in marketing Powder Springs “as a place people seek to live and to locate a business, making it more friendly to do business and develop here,” Conner said.

She also mentioned other attractions in Powder Springs including a new downtown park under construction, improvements to commercial properties and the planned opening of a new brewery.

Other city population estimates from 2017 to 2018 in Cobb are:

•Acworth: 22,624 to 22,642

•Austell: 7,188 to 7,213

•Kennesaw: 34,205 to 34,172
•Marietta: 60,789 to 60,806

-- Newsroom Data Specialist Jennifer Peebles contributed to this report.


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