East Cobb, Georgia

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East Cobb, Georgia
Unincorporated community
East Cobb is located in Metro Atlanta
East Cobb
East Cobb
Location within Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°57′58″N 84°24′41″W / 33.96611°N 84.41139°W / 33.96611; -84.41139Coordinates: 33°57′58″N 84°24′41″W / 33.96611°N 84.41139°W / 33.96611; -84.41139
Country United States
State Georgia
County Cobb
Population (2007)[1]
 • Total 169,756 (Northeast Cobb CCD)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30062, 30066, 30068, 30067, 30075

East Cobb is an unincorporated community in Cobb County, Georgia, United States. It is a northern suburb of Atlanta and has a population of approximately 169,000.[2]


East Cobb is roughly bounded by:

No part of East Cobb technically falls within incorporated city limits. East Cobb consists primarily of unincorporated areas near Marietta, and a significant portion of unincorporated area near Roswell, as defined by United States Postal Service ZIP codes (though Roswell itself was in Cobb until 1932). A small sliver of an unincorporated area near Atlanta is in the extreme southern tip near Vinings, and a portion of the northwest is in an unincorporated area near Kennesaw (30144). ZIP codes that are associated with this area are (30144), (30188), (30062), (30066), (30067), (30068), and some of (30075).

East Cobb does not fall within any census-designated place, but within the Northeast Cobb census county division.[3]


Small communities, many established early in the area's post-Cherokee history, include Mount Bethel (located in present day central East Cobb), Shallowford Falls, Sandy Plains, Noonday, Blackwells, and Westoak. The area was developed as a suburb of Atlanta beginning in the 1960s. The "city" of Chattahoochee Plantation, which never had a city government, was established along the river by the Georgia General Assembly entirely to prevent Atlanta from annexation in 1961, and was officially abolished in 1995 along with dozens of other Georgia towns with defunct governments.

Incorporation as a city[edit]

In contrast to other northern suburbs of Atlanta, East Cobb has remained unincorporated. The idea of incorporating East Cobb as a city was first suggested in 2009 by the organization "Citizens for the City of East Cobb".[4] Yet the first serious discussion of incorporating East Cobb was initiated in 2012 by Cobb County chairman candidate Bill Byrne.[5] Under Byrne's proposal, the city's boundary lines would be drawn by the Cobb Legislative Delegation, the county government would continue to provide water, sewer, police and fire services to the city for a nominal fee of one dollar per year, and the city would be governed by an elected mayor and five City Council members, with wards drawn by the Cobb Delegation.[6] However, Byrne was defeated by Cobb County Chairman Incumbent Tim Lee, who dismissed the idea of incorporating East Cobb as "solution looking for a problem."[7] If East Cobb were to incorporate as a city, it would be the largest in the county and the second largest in metro Atlanta (behind Atlanta), with around 150,000 residents.[8]

Merchant's Walk[edit]

Merchant's Walk, the unofficial town center of East Cobb*,[9] is a district consisting of retailers, restaurants, and a movie theater. East Cobb Library was once located in Merchant's Walk, but it has since been moved to Parkaire, a nearby strip of stores.[10] Merchant's Walk is located at the intersection of Johnson Ferry Road, a major arterial road connecting East Cobb to neighboring Sandy Springs, and Roswell Road. Merchant's Walk was first developed in 1978 and renovated in 2011.[11]

  • It can be argued that The Avenue East Cobb is the main attraction/center for East Cobbers.


The area known as East Cobb comprises several high school attendance districts: Pope, Sprayberry, Wheeler, Kell, Walton, and Lassiter. The western half of the Kell district lies outside of East Cobb. The extreme western portion of the Sprayberry district (the Town Center Mall area) also lies outside of East Cobb. The extreme southwestern and southern portions of the Wheeler district lie west of I-75 and south of I-285 respectively, thus excluding these small areas from being considered a part of East Cobb.[citation needed]

The area known as East Cobb comprises the following middle school districts: Daniell, McCleskey, Simpson, Hightower Trail, Mabry, East Cobb, Dodgen, and Dickerson (small portions of the Daniell and East Cobb Middle School districts lie outside of East Cobb; a sliver of the eastern portion of the Palmer Middle School district can be considered a part of East Cobb).[citation needed] [12]


A popular community event is the Taste of East Cobb, held annually. The YMCA operates the McKlesky Family-East Cobb YMCA at 1055 East Piedmont Road. East Cobb park is a popular recreational area for the community. The community is also home to a civic association, a Kiwanis Club, and a Rotary Club.[13][14][15][16][17] The paper-only weekly East Cobb Neighbor has a circulation of around 44,000.[18][19]

East Cobb is home to some of metro Atlanta's largest churches. Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, located between Johnson Ferry Road and Woodlawn Drive, has roughly 7,500 members. Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church, located off of Lower Roswell Road by the Cobb County Government Center, has around 5,000 members. The Catholic Church of St. Ann is another mega church that is located at the corner of Bishop Lake Road and Roswell Road.


Various neighborhood and subdivision community associations are represented within the overall East Cobb Civic Association,[20] which promotes dialog between government and community organizations and seeks to shape county government policy and improve the community's quality of life. The United States Postal Service operates the East Cobb Post Office branch.[21]

Cobb County operates the East Cobb Government Service Center. The center contains a county Police precinct, a Cobb Fire and Emergency Services station, and a Tag (license plate) Office. East Cobb comprises districts 2 and 3 of the Cobb County Commission.[22] Cobb County Public Library operates the East Cobb Library (formerly the Merchant's Walk Library).

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ http://www.city-data.com/city/Northeast-Cobb-Georgia.html
  2. ^ http://realtytimes.com/rtpages/20050729_atlantasuburb.htm
  3. ^ "Census 2000 Block Map, Cobb County", US Census Bureau
  4. ^ http://www.cityofeastcobb.org/about/
  5. ^ [The Marietta Daily Journal, East Cobbers voice mixed reactions to city idea, http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/19755515/article-East-Cobbers-voice-mixed-reactions-to-idea-about-forming-city]
  6. ^ [The Marietta Daily Journal, Byrne floats idea for an East Cobb city, http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/19737517/article-Byrne-floats-idea-for-an-East-Cobb-city]
  7. ^ [11Alive, Could East Cobb be Georgia's newest city?, http://www.11alive.com/news/article/252130/3/Could-East-Cobb-be-Georgias-newest-city-]
  8. ^ http://books.google.com/books?id=yLN0dsWN57EC&pg=PA110&dq=east+cobb+georgia&hl=en&ei=_I-lTPufK4nCsAPz5fj9Dg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CDMQ6AEwAg#v=onepage&q=east%20cobb%20georgia&f=false
  9. ^ [The Marietta Daily Journal, East Cobbers voice mixed reactions to city idea, http://mdjonline.com/view/full_story/19755515/article-East-Cobbers-voice-mixed-reactions-to-idea-about-forming-city]
  10. ^ http://eastcobb.patch.com/listings/merchants-walk
  11. ^ http://retailremix.com/merchant%E2%80%99s-walk-redevelopment-is-a-community-hit/
  12. ^ http://www.cobbk12.org/centraloffice/planning/zonemaps.aspx
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  18. ^ http://www.echo-media.com/mediaDetail.php?ID=4305
  19. ^ http://www.mondotimes.com/1/world/us/10/606/21364
  20. ^ East Cobb Civic Association
  21. ^ http://usps.whitepages.com/service/post_office/east-cobb-station-1395-e-cobb-dr-marietta-ga-1361686
  22. ^ East Cobb Civic Association

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