RELATED | Southern Cobb cities see greatest growth
Mayor Steve “Thunder” Tumlin said the growth Marietta has experienced will most likely continue through the 2030 Census. He said the city has been adapting to that growth by changing its services and expenditures to meet demand.
“Cobb has grown exponentially since Bell Bomber came to town in the 1940s, and our pastures and farms became residential neighborhoods and viable businesses,” he said, referring to the aircraft manufacturing plant that later became home to Lockheed Martin.
To the north, Kennesaw saw its population grow by 3,400 from 30,603 to 34,077. Mayor Derek Easterling said he credits the city’s economic development team, planning and zoning staff members and the citizens who have done their part to create a “safe community.”
Kennesaw is attractive because of amenities like Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Swift-Cantrell Park, the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History, the Depot Park amphitheater and its work to connect its trail system to Cobb County, Easterling said. He said new residential units that will soon open near downtown Kennesaw will attract more people to the city.
“That’s what the market is calling for, and that’s what people want,” he said.
Population growth estimates for other Cobb cities since 2010 are: Acworth from 20,491 to 22,818; Austell from 6,525 to 7,170; and Powder Springs from 13,938 to 15,758.
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