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City of Kennesaw

  •   State: 
    Cobb County
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    34°1′24″N 84°36′55″W
      Area total: 
    9.82 sq mi (25.43 km²)
      Area land: 
    9.71 sq mi (25.16 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.10 sq mi (0.26 km²)
    1,089 ft (332 m)
    Incorporated September 21, 1887
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Alpharetta, GA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
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    Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    3,400.51 residents per square mile of area (1,312.88/km²)
      Household income: 
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Kennesaw is a suburban city northwest of Atlanta in Cobb County, Georgia, United States, located within the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Known from its original settlement in the 1830s until 1887 as Big Shanty, it became Kennesaw under its 1887 charter. During the Civil War, it was the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase on April 12, 1862. Today, the city is perhaps best known nationally for its mandatory gun-possession ordinance requiring all households to have a gun, with certain exceptions. On November 22, 1992, an F-4 tornado caused 34 injuries. The city was renamed for the mountain, which is the highest point in the Atlanta metro area at 1,808 feet (551 m) above sea level. In March 2004, First Lady Laura Bush designated Kennesw as a Preserve America Community. According to the United States Census Bureau, Kenneswe has a total area of 9.5 square miles (24.7 km²), of which 9.4 square miles of land is land and 0.12 sq miles (0.3 km²) of water. In the 2010 census, there were 29,783 people, but in 2019 it had a population of 34,077 showing a 14.4% increase in population over the past decade. The name "Kennesw" is derived from the Cherokee word gah-nee-sah, meaning 'cemetery' or 'burial ground'.


The name "Kennesaw" is derived from the Cherokee word gah-nee-sah, meaning 'cemetery' or 'burial ground' The name is now used to refer to the town of Kennesaw, North Carolina, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The town's name means 'the burial ground' in the Cherokee language. The word is also used to mean a cemetery or burial site in the state of South Carolina, North Dakota, and South Carolina in the United States. It is now the name of a town in North Carolina and South Dakota, the state where the town was originally located. The name of the town is now known as Kennesawsaw, which means 'a burial site' in Cherokee. It means a burial site or cemetery in the North Carolina state of the U.,S. A. and a burial ground in the South Carolina State of the South, which it is today. It also means a cemetery in South Carolina or South Dakota in the US, South Dakota or South Carolina. It can also mean 'a burying ground' or a burial place in South Dakota. The term 'Kennesaws' means 'burials' in North Dakota and South Kansas. It may also refer to a burial spot in South South Carolina and the South Dakota state of S.C. in the S.D. state. It has been used as a name for several towns in Southwestern U.N. states, including South Dakota and Texas.


Shanty towns arose to house workers on the Western and Atlantic Railroad. Camp MacDonald, a training camp, was located there from 1861 to 1863. Big Shanty was the site of major fighting in the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, part of the larger Atlanta Campaign. In March 2004, First Lady Laura Bush designated KennesAW a Preserve America Community. The Kennesawed Cemetery is still in use. Some artifacts of the Civil War are still on display in the visitor center of Kennedale Mountain National Battlefield Park, southeast of the city limits. Much of the surrounding land has been developed, and many of the buried artifacts have been searched for and taken by people with metal detectors. The earliest known burial is the infant Lucius B. Summers, who was interred in 1863. Other grave markers date as far back as the 1860s to the 1890s, and Civil War veterans are buried in the cemetery. The park is home to a National Park Service interpretive center, a museum, and a museum of Civil War artifacts, including some from the battlefield. It is also home to the National Park Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes the preservation of historic sites and places in the United States. It also hosts the National Museum of American History, which is open to the public for tours and educational programs. The National Park service also operates the Kennedales National Park Museum, which was opened in 1998. The museum is located in the town's historic center, and is open for tours of the park every year.


Kennesaw is located in northwestern Cobb County, bordered by the city of Acworth to the northwest. Kennesaw Mountain is located southeast of the city limits in the battlefield park. Its summit is the highest point in the Atlanta metro area, at an elevation of 1,808 feet (551 m) The city was renamed for the mountain. On November 22, 1992, an F-4 tornado caused 34 injuries. The city has a humid subtropical climate (Köppen climate classification Cfa). It is located on U.S. Route 41 and State Route 3, which lead southeast 7 miles (11 km) to Marietta and northwest 17 miles (27km) to Cartersville. According to the United States Census Bureau, Kennesw has a total area of 9.5 square miles (24.7 km²), of which 9.4 square miles is land and 0.3 km², or 1.08%, is water. It has a population of 2,816. It was named for the city's namesake, who was killed in a tornado in 1992. It is also known as the birthplace of Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue, who died in a plane crash in 1996. It also is the site of the World War II-era Battle of the Bulge, which took place in World War I. The town is located near the intersection of Interstate 75 and Cobb Parkway, with access from exits 269, 271, and 273.


As of the 2010 U.S. census, there were 29,783 people, 11,413 households, and 7,375 families residing in the city. There were 12,328 housing units at an average density of 1,027.3 per square mile (396.6/km²) The racial makeup of the city was 58.9% White, 22.3% Black, 10.8% Hispanic or Latino of any race, and 4.7% of other races. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.18. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. The city has a population of 33,036 as of the 2020 United States census, with 12,803 households and 8,250 families living in it. It is the most populous city in the state with a population exceeding 30,000. It has a median age of 32 years, with 27.0% under the age of 18, and 10.6% from 18 to 24, 33.2% from 25 to 44, and 21.4% from 45 to 64. It also has the highest percentage of non-Hispanic white residents, at 58.8%. The city's population is the highest of any state in the United States, with 10.3%. It has the lowest percentage of Hispanic or Latinos of any type, at 0.4%. In the city, the population was spread out.


The median income for a household in the city was $61,355. The per capita income was $27,165. About 8.2% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line. Every April the annual Big Shanty Festival displays over 200 arts and crafts booths along with 20 food booths downtown featuring several local businesses and entrepreneurs. Over 60,000 people from around North Georgia attend the festival. The festival begins with a parade through downtown. The city is located on the banks of the Chattahoochee River, which runs through the center of the city. It is the only city in North Georgia that is not on the National Register of Historic Places, which is listed as a National Historic Landmark in the U.S. State of Georgia is also listed as part of the state of Georgia, but is not included in the state's official state of historical significance. The state of North Georgia is home to the National Museum of American History, which dates back to 17th century. The museum is located in the historic district of the same name, which was established in 17th Century. It was later moved to its current location in 18th century, and is now the center for the city's tourism industry. It also hosts the North Georgia Museum of History and Art, which opened in 1872. The National Museum is located at the center and is the oldest building in the town. The town is home of the NorthGeorgia Museum of Art and Design, which has been open since 1876. It has a collection of more than 100,000 pieces of art, many of which are on display.


The city hall is located downtown, just off Main Street (old U.S. 41 and State Route 3, later State Route 293). It contains the offices of mayor and city council, a basement jail, a municipal 9-1-1 call center and other offices. It is the public-safety answering point for the city of Kennesaw and the neighboring city of Acworth, and dispatches the separate police departments of both cities. Calls for fire services are relayed to and dispatched from Cobb County's 911 center, and serviced by the Cobb County Fire Department, as neither city has its own fire department. In March 2008, the city announced the grand opening of four new wireless areas: Swift-Cantrell Park and Adams Park, and the train depot area across from the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History. The city has also provided Wi-Fi in the Ben Robertson Community Center. In 2001, violent crime rates were about 60% below national and state rates. From 1999 to 2011, both property and violent crimes had decreased, though from 2003 to 2008 the trend in both violent and property crime rates slightly increased. The increase in crime rate overall is attributed to the population growth rate of 37.41%. The Cobb County Public Library System operates aKennesaw branch library. The Cobb county Police Department serves unincorporated areas, including the Town Center Area Community Improvement District and KennesAW State University (in addition to KSU's own police), as well as KSU.

Gun law

Kennesaw is noted for its unique firearms legislation, passed in response to a handgun ban in Morton Grove, Illinois. A similar law was passed in 2000 in the city of Virgin, Utah, making it the second city in the United States to require residents to own guns. Several other cities have since followed suit. In 1982 the city passed an ordinance [Sec 34-21]:. Further exempt from the effect of this section are those heads of households who are paupers or who conscientiously oppose maintaining firearms as a result of beliefs or religious doctrine, or persons convicted of a felony. The city of Kennesaw, Kansas, passed a law in 1982 requiring residents to maintain a firearm, together with ammunition. The law has been in effect since 1982, and is still in effect today. It was passed to protect the safety, security and general welfare of the city and its inhabitants. It is also intended to provide for the emergency management of the. city, and further in order to. provide for and protect thesafety, security, and general Welfare of the City and its. inhabitants, every head of household residing within the city limits is required to maintain. a firearm. Exempt from the. effect of the law are heads of. households who suffer a physical or mental disability which would prohibit them from using such a. firearm, and those who are convicted of. a felony, or who are conscientially opposed to maintaining firearms because of religious doctrine. It has been estimated that there are more than 100,000 gun owners in the U.S.

Local attractions

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park consists of around 18 miles (29 km) of nature trails and historic Civil War battle sites. The Kennesaw State University Museum of History and Holocaust Education has a rare book room and archives. The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History has a Civil War-era Civil War museum. The National Park Service has a park ranger service on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. The park also has a national park service ranger service, which is on call 24/7. The Park Service also has an on-site ranger service that is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. The parks also have a national wildlife refuge, which can be reached by phone at 1-800-273-8255 or by going to


Public schools are operated by the Cobb County School District. Private schools include Sunbrook Academy at Legacy Park and Mount Paran Christian School. Kennesaw State University is located within the city and is part of the University System of Georgia. The city is home to the Georgia Institute of Technology, Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and the University of Georgia at Stilesboro. It is also the home of the Georgia Military Institute, which was founded in 1858. The Georgia Institute for Technology is located in the city's downtown area. It was the first college in the state, opening in 1859. It has since become one of the largest universities in Georgia, with more than 4,000 students. The university has a campus in Cobb County, Georgia, as well as two satellite campuses in Georgia Springs, Georgia and Atlanta, Georgia. It also has a satellite campus in Georgia Tech's Atlanta satellite campus, which opened in 1973. The campus is also home to Georgia Tech and the Georgia Tech College of Business and Technology, which also opened in 1879. The University of the South is also located in Cobb, and has campuses in Atlanta and Savannah. The Cobb County Public Library system is based in the town of Cobb. It serves students from Cobb County and the surrounding areas. The school district also operates a number of other schools in the area, including Cobb County High School and Cobb County Middle School. The town has a large number of golf courses, including one called Lost Mountain, which is located on Lost Mountain.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia = 20. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 40. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 90. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Kennesaw = 4.9 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 33,036 individuals with a median age of 34.3 age the population grows by 50.22% in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 3,400.51 residents per square mile of area (1,312.88/km²). There are average 2.63 people per household in the 12,224 households with an average household income of $69,937 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 9.60% of the available work force and has dropped -6.39% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 17.62%. The number of physicians in Kennesaw per 100,000 population = 165.3.


The annual rainfall in Kennesaw = 51 inches and the annual snowfall = 1.4 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 104. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 220. 89 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 28.1 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 35, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia which are owned by the occupant = 72.99%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 9 years with median home cost = $152,860 and home appreciation of -5.08%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $7.91 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,891 per student. There are 13.6 students for each teacher in the school, 633 students for each Librarian and 393 students for each Counselor. 6.79% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 26.30% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 8.77% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Kennesaw's population in Cobb County, Georgia of 1,236 residents in 1900 has increased 26,73-fold to 33,036 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 50.88% female residents and 49.12% male residents live in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia.

    As of 2020 in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia are married and the remaining 35.51% are single population.

  • 39.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Kennesaw require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    84.78% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 9.77% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.38% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 3.25% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia, 72.99% are owner-occupied homes, another 17.04% are rented apartments, and the remaining 9.97% are vacant.

  • The 44.79% of the population in Kennesaw, Cobb County, Georgia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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