Cobb County, Georgia

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Cobb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. Its county seat and largest city is Marietta,[1] which is located in the center of the county. The county was named for Thomas Willis Cobb, who in the early 19th century was a United States representative and senator from Georgia. Marietta was named for his wife, Mary Moore Cobb.[2]

Cobb, along with several other counties in the same bill, was created December 3, 1832, by the Georgia General Assembly from the huge Cherokee "county" territory — land northwest of the Chattahoochee River which the state confiscated from the Cherokee Nation and redistributed to settlers via lottery, following the passage of the federal Indian Removal Act.[3]

As of the 2000 census, the population was 607,751. The county's population has continued to grow. The 2009 estimate from the U.S. Census Bureau was 714,692 people.[4] The county is part of the original and core (five-county) Atlanta metropolitan area, which is included in the AtlantaSandy SpringsMarietta, Georgia metropolitan statistical area.

The U.S. Census Bureau ranks Cobb County as the most-educated in the state of Georgia and 12th among all counties in the United States.[5] It has ranked among top 100 wealthiest counties in the United States.[6]

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