Fact Sheet


  • 24 city parks and recreation centers
  • Earl Smith Strand Theater
  • Home to three live theater stages and free concerts, annual festivals, farmers market.
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park
  • Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art
  • Marietta Confederate Cemetery
  • Marietta Gone With the Wind Museum: Scarlett on the Square
  • Marietta Museum of History
  • Marietta National Cemetery
  • Theater in the Square


  • CNN Money top 25 places in the United States to retire in 2011.
  • National Civic League judged the city of Marietta one of the 10 best communities in the nation as a 2006 All-America City.


  • Balanced annually
  • Budget funds the day-to-day operations of the city
  • General fund budget for fiscal year 2012—July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012—is $47,532,038
  • Standard and Poor's long-term general obligation bond rating AA+ rating

City Description

  • 100,000 daytime population.
  • 23 square miles
  • 56,579 residents
  • 6,500 businesses
  • Celebrated 175th anniversary in 2009.
  • Cobb County seat
  • Established in 1834.
  • Located 15 miles northwest of Atlanta.
  • One of Georgia's most populous cities.


  • Approve budget and appoint members of advisory boards.
  • Council meetings are open to the public and broadcast on the city's website and local cable television.
  • Each Council member is elected at large by the public to represent all residents within his/her ward.
  • Establishes policy through enactment of ordinances and resolutions.
  • Governing body is seven-member City Council and Mayor.
  • Mayor and Council's current terms extend through December 2013.
  • Mayor elected citywide.
  • Numbers of terms a member may serve are unlimited.
  • Regular Council meetings held the second Wednesday monthly at 7 p.m. in the Council chamber at City Hall.
  • Serve four-year terms.


Professional city manager oversees daily operations, managing department directors.
Approximately 734 employees in 10 departments including:
  • Development services
  • Environmental services
  • Finance
  • Fire
  • Human resources
  • Information technology
  • Municipal court
  • Parks and recreation
  • Police
  • Power
  • Public works
  • Water