Smyrna, Georgia is a city northwest of the neighborhoods of Atlanta. It is in the inner ring of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. As of the 2014 census, there were 51,271 people, with 25% growth since 2000. There were 23,002 households. It is historically one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia, and one of the most densely populated cities in the metro area.
By the late 1830s, a religious encampment called Smyrna Camp Ground had become a popular travel destination and was well known throughout Georgia. It was named by Greeks for the Biblical city of Smyrna.The completion of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in 1842 fueled the area’s growth. grow. People called the area Varner's Station, Ruff's Siding, Neal Dow and Ruff's Station, but the city was incorporated as Smyrna in the late 1800s. Growth was further stoked when the nearby Bell Bomber plant that produced B-29 bombers during World War II was reopened by Lockheed in 1951. The city's went from from 2,005 in 1950 to about 20,000 by 1970.
In the 2000s, the town has been used as a movie site and Smyrna was ranked #4 in a 2014 study of the Best Cities for Young Adults in Georgia. It sits about a mile from the Atlanta city limits, and Smyrna's downtown is just 10 miles downtown Atlanta — a great benefit for commuters. It also provides easy highway access to the intersection of I-285 and I-75. The median income for a household in the city is about $62,000, with IBM, the City of Smyrna, United Distributor and S.P. Richards as its top employers.
The city's official symbol is the jonquil (a flower). Known as the "Jonquil City", it derives this name from the thousands of jonquils that bloom in gardens and along the streets in early spring.
In 1991, the city began a community redevelopment project known as "Market Village," in order to create a well-defined downtown. Included were a community center and 28,000-square-foot public library. A mixed retail and residential district was modeled after an early 1900s city village, including a square with a fountain. This, and other expansions have revitalized the downtown area. Further redevelopment has occurred throughout the city—including thousands of new homes - mostly cluster homes, townhouse and condo communities replacing older neighborhoods. The city has revitalized several areas, which makes it an attractive place to call home. "Market Village" in the city center often has open-air concerts and festivals. You can also take a walk or bike ride on the Silver Comet Trail. The trail has several different access points and provides scenic and urban backdrops. If golf is your game, the Fox Creek and Legacy Golf Links are "must trys".
There are also various small parks such as Cobb Park, public pools such as Aline Wolfe Center for the elderly and Tolleson park pool for the all ages, tennis courts and playgrounds and a linear park with walking trail along Spring Road.
Smyrna is part of the Cobb County School District second largest school system in Georgia and the 23rd largest in the nation. It serves nearly 113,000 students with 112 schools, including 67 elementary schools, 25 middle schools, 16 high schools, one charter school, one special education center, one adult education center and one performance learning center.
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