Named after Thomas Cobb's wife, the city of Marietta was incorporated in 1852. It is located near the center of Cobb County, between Kennesaw and Smyrna, and enjoys a vibrant sense of community and affluence. Many residents of Marietta commute into and out of Atlanta via I-75 but find themselves happier amidst the parks, shops, and neighborly atmosphere that Marietta provides.

Key Features

Ties To the Past: A hotbed of Georgia history, Marietta boomed with the advent of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in the early 1800s. Over the years, it has been the site of a horse racing track, a homeopathic medicine spa, the Georgia Military Institute, the Great Locomotive Chase, and a five-month occupation by General Sherman and his troops. These events shaped the city and built it into the rich community it is today.

Perks and Proximity: Home to several metro Atlanta area landmarks such as the Marietta Diner and the Big Chicken, Marietta residents also enjoy an abundance of trails and parkland, as well as cultural attractions and an excellent school system. This area is perfect to raise a family, retire, or just sit back and relax.

Nest Picks

Big Chicken

This Atlanta-area landmark is at the site of a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant just off Cobb Parkway in Marietta. It was erected in 1963, stands 56 feet tall, and features a moving beak and eyes. It is commonly used as a directional landmark by motorists and purportedly by pilots as they approach airfields in the area.

Marietta Square

Marietta Square is host to many shops, restaurants, and cultural events for the area. Some highlights include Glover Park, the Marietta Museum of History, Ghosts of Marietta tours, the Strand Theater, and numerous festivals and celebrations. No matter the time of year, there's always something to do in the Square.


Located in Marietta Square, this James Beard-nominated restaurant features a seasonally rotating menu with emphasis on farm-to-table new American cuisine. Spring is Marietta's answer to the booming Atlanta restaurant scene, and residents and visitors alike enjoy the humble atmosphere and incredible dishes.

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