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Kennesaw, GA

Located in Cobb County, Kennesaw is a suburb of Atlanta. It was originally known as "Big Shanty," but its name was eventually changed to "Kennesaw" as a tribute to the area's Kennesaw Mountain and Little Kennesaw Mountain.

Like many Southern cities (especially those around the Atlanta region), Kennesaw played a strategically important role during the American Civil War. Kennesaw's location caused it to be an ideal place for Confederate armies to witness battles and prepare troops. In 2004, former First Lady Laura Bush designated Kennesaw a "Preserve America Community," cementing its importance as an important national treasure.

Kennesaw encompasses a land area of 8.5 square miles, the majority of which is land-based. Being in the "Deep South" has its benefits from a climate perspective: the average high/low temperatures in January are comfortable at approximately 50/30 degrees, respectively. Summers in Kennesaw do get a bit balmy at approximately 90/68 degrees in July with humidity levels of close to 90 percent.

The well-respected magazine Family Circle named Kennesaw as one of the "10 Best Towns for Families" in its August 2007 issue, citing the city's affordable housing, excellent employment, high-ranking public schools and overall appeal.

ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES

Major industries in the city are educational, health and social services, and retail trade. Kennesaw began as a center of transportation, though now it is primarily a bedroom community for Atlanta. Still, it does have a thriving economy of its own, no doubt in part related to its proximity to Atlanta and its availability to international commerce via many airports in the area. Some of the top Kennesaw employers include Brand Energy Infrastructure Services, Heidelberg USA Inc., Chase Card Services, U.S. Axminster Inc., Pacesetter Steel Service Inc., and Ryla Teleservices Inc.

NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS

Kennesaw has a population of 31,610. The city accommodates around 8,762 houses with 8,196 houses occupied. Renters occupy around 1,520 houses and owners occupy about 6,680 houses.

The walkability of the city is fairly good. However, a car or some other mode of transport is needed to travel to some places, such as coffee shops, movie theatres and some bars.

Kennesaw has a number of popular neighborhoods and subdivisions:

  • English Oaks is a swimming and tennis community, known as one of the best maintained subdivisions in the Kennesaw area. Downtown Kennesaw and the Kennesaw Ballpark are within walking distance of English Oaks.
  • Legacy Park boasts a 117-acre Town Park, an amphitheatre, and many recreational spaces, including five swimming pools and 13 tennis courts.
  • Other popular residential areas include Blue Springs, Burnt Hickory Registry, and Tamarack Falls.

BEST BETS

  • Kennesaw City Hall: A downtown mainstay and municipal center, the Kennesaw City Hall is the home to local government. It also houses the city jail.
  • Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park: Located only partially within Kennesaw city limits, this park offers visitors a wealth of opportunities for recreation, education, and relaxation. Trails, paths, picnic areas and historical locales are all part of this park, which is situated on the site of a famous Civil War battle.
  • Moon's Station: The name "Moon's Station" refers to the Civil War structure that housed and trained a unit called Georgia Home Guard. Although that building is no longer standing, the site features a roadside marker commemorating soldiers lost in local Civil War battles.
  • Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History: Formerly the Kennesaw Civil War Museum, this museum provides visitors with insight into Kennesaw's heritage as it relates to transportation and the American Civil War. The building sits next to the Cherokee Street railroad tracks in a structure that was at one time a cotton gin partially owned by William Frey. Exhibits and displays are available year-round at this impressive and newly refurbished landmark.

SHOPPING

Town Center at Cobb: One of the largest shopping venues in Kennesaw, the Town Center at Cobb offers residents and tourists the opportunity to patronize a number of shops and restaurants. The Center was renovated in 2008.

EDUCATION

Kennesaw State University: The third largest university in the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State University offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The school was founded in 1963 on a campus that encompasses 240 acres and features a 4,800-seat Convocation Center.

EVENTS

Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival: Held in April each year, the Kennesaw Big Shanty Festival is one of the largest events of its type in the region. It begins with a parade through the downtown area and spans two days. It is a family-friendly celebration of the city's past, present, and future and is supported by local businesses and nonprofit organizations.

DID YOU KNOW?

Kennesaw offers wireless Internet throughout Swift-Cantrell and Adams Parks. Hence, visitors and residents can conceivably conduct business anywhere in the city, including in the middle of Kennesaw's picturesque recreational spots.