Smyrna City Hall
|Motto: "The jonquil city with beautiful Park's Thriving business' great location and bright plans for the future"|
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
|• Mayor||Max Bacon|
|• Total||16 sq mi (41.4 km2)|
|• Land||16 sq mi (41.3 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0.1 km2)|
|Elevation||1,060 ft (323 m)|
|• Density||3,300/sq mi (1,300/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0356541|
Smyrna is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States that borders Atlanta and the Chattahoochee River. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 51,271. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, GA MSA, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL CSA.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Government
- 5 Economy
- 6 Education
- 7 Recreation
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Notable people
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Pioneers began settling the area in 1832. By the late 1830s, a religious encampment called Smyrna Camp Ground had become a popular travel destination and was well known throughout Georgia. After the completion of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in 1842 the area began to grow. It was known by several names until 1872 – Varner’s Station, Ruff’s Siding, Neal Dow and Ruff’s Station. The city was incorporated with the name Smyrna in 1872.
Two Civil War battles occurred in the area, the Battle of Smyrna Camp Ground on July 3, 1864, and the Battle of Ruff’s Mill the next day. The area’s businesses, homes and 1849 covered bridge (since rebuilt and still in use today) were burned by Sherman’s troops.
The city elected its first woman mayor, Lorena Pace Pruitt, in 1946.
The nearby Bell Bomber plant that produced B-29 bombers during World War II was reopened by Lockheed in 1951 and became a catalyst for growth. The city's population grew during the next two decades, from 2,005 in 1950 to almost 20,000 by 1970.
Smyrna is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, located about 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Atlanta, near the northern intersection of I-285 and I-75, which is the site of Cumberland and the Cobb Galleria. It is also near Vinings, Marietta, Mableton, Sandy Springs and the Buckhead district of Atlanta.
Smyrna is located at .
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 13.9 square miles (36 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.14%, is water. The general terrain of the area is characteristic of the Piedmont region of Georgia, characterized by hills with broad ridges, sloping uplands, and relatively narrow valleys. Smyrna sits at an altitude of about 1,150 feet (350 m) above sea level.
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 flourish in gardens and along the streets in early spring.
|Climate data for Smyrna, GA|
|Record high °F (°C)||79
|Average high °F (°C)||52
|Average low °F (°C)||34
|Record low °F (°C)||−8
|Precipitation inches (mm)||4.20
As of 2010 census, there were 51,271 people with 25% growth since 2000. There were 23,002 households. The population density was 3,300 people per square mile (1,300/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53% White, 31% African American, 0.4% Native American, 4% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6% from other races, and 3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14% of the population.
The population was distributed by age as follows: 22.6% under the age of 18, 18.8% from 18 to 29, 20% from 30 to 39, 14.9% from 40 to 49, 14.2% from 50-64, and 9.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 92.2 males.
As of 2011, 52.6% of Smyrna residents live in families with an average of 2.2 people per household.
The city operates the Smyrna Public Library.
The city was a longtime stronghold for traditional, small-town, conservative Southern Democrats. It is now seen as a largely Republican district, located inside a strong Democratic enclave with a growing minority population (South Cobb), located in a predominantly Republican county (Cobb County). As a result, although local officials are nonpartisan, state and federal representation is fairly evenly split between Democrats and Republicans.
The median income for a household in the city for 2011 was $49,556, a 4% increase from 2000 and $3,549 over the Georgia average. The per capita income for the city was $34,439, a 24.7% increase from 2000. About 6.7% of families and 12.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 34.2% of Hispanics.
According to the City's 2010 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees|
|4||Emory-Adventist Hospital at Smyrna||499|
|7||City of Smyrna||384|
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 (2,600 m2) 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 population has risen as a result of redevelopment, a few annexations, and Smyrna's location as a residential suburb in the Northwest center of metro Atlanta.
There is additional mixed retail/residential/office redevelopments around the "Market Village". Ground was broken in Jonquil Village, a redevelopment of Jonquil Plaza at the corner of Spring and Atlanta Road across from "Market Village". However, this development stalled due to banks withdrawing funding during the nationwide real estate crash of 2007 and later re-sold to Branch Properties who developed West Village. In 2012 Branch submitted a new proposal for rezoning. It was rejected by the city because Branch wanted to re-zone the mixed-use development to be a strip mall with a Publix supermarket next to an apartment over the already-built parking garage. The city wanted to see more integrated development versus just a strip mall and apartment building, along with street-side shopping versus a typical strip mall development, and assurances that apartments will not depreciate over time. In 2013, Branch presented its new proposal of higher apartment density, and integrated retail. That proposal is still undergoing review by the council.
Less than a .5 miles (0.80 km) down, the city intends to redevelop the Belmont Hills plaza, at the corner of Windy Hill and Atlanta Road in 2011. Both these villages, like "Market Village" in Smyrna, and "Market Square" in Vinings are designed to resemble a city village of yesteryear with fountains and antique street lamps. In 2011, Halpbern Enterprises, the developer, sold some land to the city of Smyrna for an elementary school called the New Smyrna Elementary, which has completed construction. In 2012, Halpbern rezoned the property but didn't change its intended use. It moved residential from a multi-story building in one section of the development to apartment residential by itself in a larger and previously empty section of the development (pod F) due to market constraints in the only slowly warming housing market, leaving the earlier section available for any use in the future.
A Kroger plaza (Known as "The Crossings") has been built at the corner of Concord Road and South Cobb Drive with some planned two-story outparcels. This is actually a re-development of an older blighted strip-mall. The Kroger located there is one of the largest in the country, at 93,000 square feet (8,600 m2).
Additional re-development is going on throughout the city, including the site at the corner of East-West Connector / Cumberland Parkway and South Cobb Drive. A shopping center with one of the first Sprouts Farmers Market organic grocery stores East of the Mississippi river is planned. Two outparcels have already been developed.
Some additional work is being done in Smyrna are streetscape beautification projects, including a linear park on Concord Road along with new signage, lights, and a median on Atlanta Road. Additional parkland projects are the 12-acre (4.9 ha) Taylor-Brawner Park, Riverview Road trail and Silver Comet Trail extensions in that area.
"Market Village" in the city center often has open-air concerts and festivals. There are also various small parks throughout the city, including public pools, tennis courts and playgrounds and a linear park with walking trail along Spring Road.
Smyrna is served by Cobb Community Transit public buses.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Monthly Averages for Smyrna, GA (30080)". Weather.com. Retrieved November 21, 2011.
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- "Atlanta Bread Company
- City of Smyrna CAFR
- Silver Comet Trail, Cobb County Information - Georgia
- Silver Comet Trail and Heritage Park - Smyrna, GA
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Smyrna, Georgia.|
- Smyrna official city website
- SuperSmyrna website lists volunteer service opportunity projects and highlights of Smyrna area schools
- Smyrna info at Georgia.gov
- Smyrna Public Library
- Comprehensive History of Smyrna, Georgia (1832 to Present) from the Smyrna Historical and Genealogical Society
- Smyrna Rotary Club website