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Top Five Places to Live in Cobb County

By Tiffany Raiford

Part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, the cities and towns located in Cobb County sit directly northwest of Georgia's largest city. While not nearly as large or populated at Atlanta by itself, Cobb County towns and cities make for a lovely suburban community on the outskirts of one of the most bustling cities in the south. The benefit of living here is easy access to the city for those who commute for work or play while still enjoying the lifestyle offered by a suburban community with lovely neighborhoods and plenty to offer everyone.

Kennesaw

One of the most valuable statistics for residents of Kennesaw is the fact that the crime rate here is 85 percent below the national crime rate. It's a safe bedroom community with several affluent neighborhoods and entertainment options. Nearly half of all households in Kennesaw include families with children, largely because of the low crime rate and good school district. Neighborhoods here are diverse, though most fall largely into the category of family neighborhoods with large backyards, spacious homes and parks.

Marietta

Marietta is the largest of the Cobb County cities and it holds point as the county seat. Marietta is a lovely spot to live for those who want to be close to Atlanta without being in a community that feels too small. With six historic districts, theater, many restaurants and a diverse culture, there's much to offer here. The neighborhoods are largely southern. You'll find that most consist of brick homes on large plots of land, though there are a number of new gated communities in which cookie-cutter homes and smaller lots are available. The school district makes it a good place to raise children, as well as the numerous parks and recreational facilities throughout the city.

Powder Springs

Before you understand what makes Powder Springs one of the best places to reside in Cobb County, you might find how the city derived its name interesting. There are seven natural springs in the community that contain many minerals that manage to make the sand surrounding the springs turn black. It looks, to the human eye, like gun powder. Hence the name Powder Springs. Aside from its interesting springs and history, Powder Springs is a lovely community for families, retirees and everyone in between. Many residents here are commuters, and the average income in the city is much higher than in other areas of Cobb County. With dozens of upscale neighborhoods and many planned communities in the works, families with children find the area one that is desirable for raising families.

Austell

With less than 7,000 residents and a mostly unincorporated area, Austell is one of the best places to live in Cobb County if you're looking for something a little different. Instead of planned communities, gated neighborhoods, country clubs and schools, you'll find farmland and plenty of homes with history and appeal in Austell. This is where you move if you're looking for a farm, for seclusion or for a little peace and quiet from the hustle and bustle of the big city. Fortunately, however, you're not so far removed that you can't find time for entertainment when you're in the mood.

Smyrna

One of the larger cities in Cobb County, Smyrna is appealing to many because of what it has to offer in terms of financial security. With major companies such as the Atlanta Bread Company, IBM and Eaton Corporation housed in Smyrna, the average household income in just this city alone is more than 4 percent higher than the average income in all of Georgia. Because of the higher than average income levels here, it's a slightly more high-end community than some of the others in Cobb County. You'll find more upscale shopping, restaurants and entertainment, as well as gated communities and country clubs in Smyrna than anywhere else in Cobb County.

Cobb County is a great place to call home if you're looking for comfort and security. It's close enough to Atlanta to allow you to commute, but also has plenty of options to work, live and play within its borders.

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