From Lake Allatoona in Acworth to Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Northwest Atlanta is home to some well-known attractions in the state of Georgia. The Northwest Corner hosts the populous Cherokee and Cobb Counties, with areas of Fulton County intertwined. Many developing cities are found in this area, such as Woodstock and Canton, but other cities, such as Marietta, Sandy Springs and Vinings, push a population of 50,000+.
Acworth is known as the Lake City because it is situated along the southeastern shores of both Lake Acworth and Lake Allatoona. Part of the greater Atlanta metropolitan area, the city also boasts the Etowah River and the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains as attractions. Acworth's downtown is under consideration for inclusion on the national list of historic places, and the city's Main Street was once a Cherokee Indian trading route. In the 1920s, it became known as Dixie Highway.
Marietta is the largest city and the county seat of Cobb County, situated to the northwest of downtown Atlanta. Marietta is a vibrant community with a distinct personality, home to Dobbins Air Reserve Base and the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield. With a population of about 60,000, there is a lot to love about Marietta, including its history and natural beauty. Considered a convenient, moderately-priced suburb, Marietta also boasts a school system with an exemplary reputation.
Sandy Springs is a city in its own right, with a population exceeding 100,000, but it is dwarfed by Atlanta to the south and is considered a suburb of the larger city. As cities go, it is relatively young, and it feels somewhat shiny and new, with abundant development underway. Its cost of living index is 131 on a national scale of 100, and the rest of Georgia scores 95. Median home price is almost three times the state average, but average rent charged is just over the state norm. More than half of Sandy Springs households are occupied by renters.
Smyrna is considered within the "inner ring" of Atlanta communities, situated only 10 miles from the downtown. It has a population over 50,000, so in many ways it is a city in its own right, with all the advantages of a diverse economy and a wealth of amenities. Not only is it one of the fastest-growing, but it is also one of the most densely-populated small cities in the state.
Woodstock, Georgia, is a small town in Cherokee County and even though it's growing by leaps and bounds, it's determined to remain local and natural. It boasts a historic Downtown and some fine old homes. It also supports its local Farmer’s Market in season, and honored its veterans with a 10-ton polished granite memorial a few years ago. Woodstock is also home to a diplomatic mission; the Consulate-General of El Salvador. About 25,000 people come home to Woodstock, but it's still considered a part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Canton is a progressive little city located between the Blue Ridge Mountains and Atlanta, with a population that nearly tripled in the decade between 2000 and 2010. Today, it is home to just under 28,000 people, according to official estimates, but it is "outside the perimeter," allowing a casual, country vibe. Canton is the Cherokee County seat and straddles Interstate 575 and Highway 20, offering easy access to cities in several directions. But residents cherish the views, city parks and the Etowah River that meanders through town.
Popular Vinings lies just across the Chattahoochee from Atlanta, and it's a great place to live for a lot of reasons. But along with the high marks it receives for amenities, education, local services, low crime rate, low taxes, and high median incomes, housing in this little village of under 10,000 people is also "up there" in price. Actually, this affluent bedroom community is described as one of the wealthiest communities in the nation.
A mid-sized community in rural Cobb County northwest of Atlanta, Kennesaw was once selected by Family Circle magazine as one of the nation's Best Small Towns for Families. With a 2010 census population of just under 30,000, the city tries hard to live up to that accolade. It boasts good schools, a relaxed suburban lifestyle, open space, and a mix of housing. It's also one of the fastest-growing small cities in Georgia and in the nation.