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Smyrna, Georgia
City
Smyrna City Hall
Smyrna City Hall
Motto: "The jonquil city with beautiful parks, thriving businesses, great locations, and bright plans for the future"
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Cobb
Area
 • Total 15.4 sq mi (39.9 km2)
 • Land 15.4 sq mi (39.8 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 1,060 ft (323 m)
Population (2015 est.)
 • Total 56,146
 • Density 3,481/sq mi (1,343.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30080, 30081, 30082
Area code(s) 770/678/470
FIPS code 13-71492
GNIS feature ID 0356541
Website www.smyrnacity.com

Smyrna is a city northwest of the neighborhoods of Atlanta. It is in the inner ring of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 51,271. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the population in 2013 to be 53,438. It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell MSA, which is included in the Atlanta—Athens-Clarke—Sandy Springs CSA. Smyrna grew by 28% between the years 2000 and 2012. It is historically one of the fastest growing cities in the State of Georgia, and one of the most densely populated cities in the metro area.

History

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. It was named for the Biblical city of Smyrna, modern day Izmir in Turkey, the home of the famous Christian martyr Polycarp. 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 and the Battle of Ruff's Mill, both on July 4, 1864. 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.

The restaurant scene in the film Joyful Noise was shot at Howard's Restaurant in Smyrna in 2011.

Smyrna was ranked #4 in a 2014 study of the Best Cities for Young Adults in Georgia.

Geography

Smyrnamap
Street map of Smyrna

Smyrna is part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, located about 1 mile (1.6 km) northwest of the Atlanta city limits, and with Smyrna's downtown about 10 miles (16 km) from downtown Atlanta. Smyrna is located just west of the northern intersection of I-285 and I-75, which is the site of Cumberland and the Cobb Galleria. Smyrna is also near Vinings, Marietta, Mableton, Sandy Springs and the Buckhead district of Atlanta..

The center of Smyrna is located at 33°52′19″N 84°31′06″W / 33.871854°N 84.518380°W / 33.871854; -84.518380.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.4 square miles (39.9 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (39.8 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.23%, 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. The center of Smyrna is about 1,060 feet (320 m) above sea level.

Flora

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

Climate data for Smyrna, GA
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 79
(26.1)
80
(26.7)
89
(31.7)
93
(33.9)
97
(36.1)
102
(38.9)
105
(40.6)
104
(40)
102
(38.9)
95
(35)
84
(28.9)
79
(26.1)
105
(40.6)
Average high °F (°C) 52
(11.1)
57
(13.9)
65
(18.3)
73
(22.8)
80
(26.7)
86
(30)
89
(31.7)
88
(31.1)
82
(27.8)
73
(22.8)
64
(17.8)
54
(12.2)
71.9
(22.18)
Average low °F (°C) 34
(1.1)
38
(3.3)
44
(6.7)
52
(11.1)
60
(15.6)
68
(20)
71
(21.7)
71
(21.7)
65
(18.3)
54
(12.2)
45
(7.2)
37
(2.8)
53.3
(11.81)
Record low °F (°C) −8
(-22.2)
−9
(-22.8)
10
(-12.2)
25
(-3.9)
37
(2.8)
39
(3.9)
53
(11.7)
55
(12.8)
36
(2.2)
28
(-2.2)
3
(-16.1)
0
(-17.8)
−9
(-22.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.20
(106.7)
4.83
(122.7)
4.81
(122.2)
3.36
(85.3)
3.67
(93.2)
3.95
(100.3)
5.27
(133.9)
3.90
(99.1)
4.47
(113.5)
3.41
(86.6)
4.10
(104.1)
3.90
(99.1)
49.87
(1,266.7)

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 259
1890 416 60.6%
1900 238 −42.8%
1910 599 151.7%
1920 791 32.1%
1930 1,178 48.9%
1940 1,440 22.2%
1950 2,005 39.2%
1960 10,157 406.6%
1970 19,157 88.6%
1980 20,312 6.0%
1990 30,981 52.5%
2000 40,999 32.3%
2010 51,265 25.0%
Est. 2015 56,146 9.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the 2014 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 46.63% African American, 31.6% White, 0.4% Native American, 4.9% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 3.1% from two or more races. 14.9% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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.

As of 2012, 52.2% of Smyrna residents have a college degree and 91.3% of residents have a high school diploma. This is one of the highest rates in the state of Georgia.

Recreation

Some extensions of the Silver Comet Trail have been built further into Smyrna to expand access to the trail.

"Market Village" in the city center often has open-air concerts and festivals. 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.

Transportation

Several major roadways, such as I-285, Cobb Parkway (U.S. Route 41), Atlanta Road (Old State Route 3), and South Cobb Drive (State Route 280), pass through the municipality.

Smyrna is served by Cobb Community Transit and Marta public buses.

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