Smyrna is a city in Cobb County, Georgia, United States, northwest of Atlanta and the Chattahoochee River. 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-Marietta, GA MSA, which is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Gainesville, GA-AL CSA.
Smyrna City Hall
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Location in Cobb County and the state of Georgia
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.
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
Smyrna is served by Cobb County Public Schools. Public Elementary Schools in Smyrna include King Springs, Teasley, Arygle, Nickajack, and Smyrna Elementary School. Campbell Middle School and Griffin Middle School are the two public schools that feed into Campbell High School, a magnet school for the IB Program, is in the city.[
Smyrna also has multiple private schools including Whitefield Academy and a satellite campus of Buckhead Preparatory Academy. The Lovett School is also nearby.
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 throughout the city, including public pools, tennis courts and playgrounds and a linear park with walking trail along Spring Road.