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Cobb County Government
Office of Economic Development


Michael Hughes, AICP
Director

100 Cherokee Street
Suite 450
Marietta, GA 30090
(770) 528-2607
(770) 528-2636 fax


Office Hours:
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday

Office of Economic Development
About Cobb County




Cobb County Fact Sheet
  • Current census population estimate – 698,158


  • Projected Per Capita Income for 2008 is $43,946 (**)


  • 2008 – Among the highest median household income in the state: $ 67,877


  • Estimated Annual Retail Sales for 2009: $12.4 Billion down from $14.3 Billion in 2008


  • Estimated number of new home starts for January –November 2009 :
    - Single Family - 233
    - Multi-Family - 126


  • New Residential Homes: Median Price $268,389
    Existing Residential Homes: Median Price $173,000


  • Triple AAA Bond Rating– Confirmed the last thirteen years (since 1997)


  • Cobb County Water System –The first public water utility in the nation to achieve Triple AAA bond ratings. Confirmed the last eight years (since 2001).


  • One of the lowest property tax rates in the ARC region: 9.6 mills


  • One of the lowest crime rates: 18.7 per 1000 population


  • One of the lowest unemployment rates of eight metro counties: 9.8% (November 2009)


  • 13,797 Commercial properties (includes 3,847 Exempts and 174 Public Utilities) and 229,909 residential properties


  • Percent of population with Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 42.2%


  • Cobb County School District has 114 schools and is the second largest school system in Georgia with 106,000 students enrolled in K-12. The City of Marietta school system has 11 schools with over 8000 students enrolled.


  • Over 2454 miles of county-owned roads


  • Motor Vehicle registrations based on numbers from January-November 2009:
    - 2008 - 696,900
    - 2009 - 675,377


  • Tourism Dollars for 2008: $1,256.59 million(s) Tourism Dollars for 2007: $1,234.85 million(s)


  • $1.04 billion SPLOST program approved by the voters in September 2005
    - Engineering initiated or completed on over 249 projects or 96% of total
    - Construction initiated on 182 projects valued at $170M
    - 90 projects completed which includes:
    • 21 of 26 (81%) School Zone Projects
    • 34 of 34 (100%) Bridge Rehabilitation Projects
    • 35 of 44 (80%) Intersection Improvements


(*) Updated December 2009
(**) Projected by Woods & Poole Economics

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