Marietta is one of Atlanta's largest suburbs, and the population keeps rising. One reason is the Marietta City School District, which is known for its excellence. Although most Marietta residents are African American or white, a sizeable number has Hispanic or Latino heritage, and that population is growing annually. Almost 30 percent of the almost 24,000 households in Marietta includes children under age 18.
ECONOMY AND INDUSTRIES
Though many Marietta residents commute to work elsewhere, some are employed in the city in a variety of industries. Some of the largest private and nonprofit Marietta employers include Wellstar Health System, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company, Landpro Surveying and Mapping, Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, The Cobb County School District, County of Cobb and Marietta City Schools.
NEIGHBORHOODS AND DISTRICTS
Marietta Square and Glover Park are at the heart of Marietta, with preserved, early-1900s buildings, dining, shopping and two live theaters. New residential construction has clustered near the square, featuring townhomes and single-family homes. Around town, rented houses account for double the number of owner-occupied ones.
- Chattahoochee Technical College: The Chattahoochee Technical College offers two-year degrees and is governed by the Technical College System of Georgia.
- Life University: This institute of higher learning specializes in degrees relating to the science of chiropractic. Life University also has programs in sport health science (the study of the physiology of exercise and movement), business, biology and nutrition.
- Southern Polytechnic State University: This public university serves almost 5,000 students and provides two- and four-year, technology-related degrees.
- The Big Chicken: This building really is shaped like a large chicken and has shared its site with a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise for many years. Its notoriety has grown, and it is now considered an unofficial Marietta landmark. Many people have their picture taken next to the Big Chicken. Although it was almost destroyed several years ago, it has been restored in response to public demand.
- Gone with The Wind Movie Museum: Because the city of Marietta was host to the screening of the epic 1939 film Gone with the Wind (written not far from Marietta by Margaret Mitchell), it is only fitting that it is also the home of the Gone with the Wind Movie Museum. There are no guided tours, but visitors are free to browse on their own.
- Harry's Farmers' Market: Although this is essentially a grocery store for locals, it is also a destination for tourists. Unusual fruits, vegetables and goods from around the world are easy to find at Harry's; in fact, many amateur and professional cooks enjoy browsing the market's wide selection of offerings. Harry's is known especially for its selection of coffee and excellent cheesecakes.
- Kennesaw House: This beautiful home was built in the mid-19th century by John Glover, who became the first mayor of Marietta. The Kennesaw House has seen much history, as it was used during the American Civil War as a hospital. The second floor of the house is now the Marietta Museum of History.
- Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park: This park was the site of two battles during the American Civil War. Tours are available throughout the park, as is a variety of other activities such as hiking and picnicking.
- Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art: This museum focuses on 19th- and 20th-century artists, and hosts temporary traveling exhibits throughout the year.
- Marietta Confederate Cemetery: This cemetery holds the remains of many of the Confederate casualties of the Civil War and was was recently renovated to make it more hospitable to tourists.
- Marietta Museum of History: Located on the top level of the Kennesaw House, the Marietta Museum of History delves into the past of both the city and the state. Exhibits include the Homelife Gallery, the General History Gallery and the Civil War Gallery.
- Marietta National Cemetery: Built in the mid-to-late 1800s, the Marietta National Cemetery is the final burial ground for numerous Union soldiers, as many Civil War-era Marietta residents did not want deceased Union soldiers buried next to the Confederate dead. People buried here include Corporate Lee Hugh Phillips, a Medal of Honor recipient, and former Georgia governor John Clark.
- Marietta Square: Also known as Glover Park, this site is the home of the Marietta Welcome Center. Many yearly events are held at this location, including fairs and festivals.