Smyrna Lifestyle
Smyrna boasts an award-winning mixed-use development known as the Market Village.[1] The Market Village, adjacent to the Village Green, the only city-owned library in Georgia, serves as the social center of Smyrna. Residents gather at the Village Green for concerts, shows and family events.[2] Smyrna is the recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence for its smart growth and revitalization initiatives. There are several parks and recreational activities for residents of all ages in Smyrna. Two of the newest parks in Smyrna are Taylor-Brawner Park, a 12-acre park which open in April 2009, and Jonquil Park, is a 14-acre park with fields, walkways, playground and pavilion.[3] The city remains dedicated to providing residents (and dog residents) with plenty of green space as they work to constantly develop and revitalize parks for continued enjoyment. Jogging trails, pools, tennis courts and public golf courses are just a few of the available amenities in the area. Residents also enjoy the myriad of day camps and sports activities offered.[4] Smyrna home buyers can expect a wide range of prices and have the option of selecting to live in older neighborhoods or newer mixed-use developments.[5] Voted by Atlanta Magazine as one of the top 10 places to live in the Atlanta area, Smyrna continues to play an integral part in the growth and development in Cobb County.[6]


Smyrna History
Smyrna, located 10 miles northwest of Atlanta, Smyrna, is a city rich in history.[7] Often called “Jonquil City” for the beautiful yellow flowers that bloom in the spring, the vibrant area has seen unprecedented growth. Its origins date back to 1832, when state reached a settlement with the Cherokee Indians; shortly afterwards, a campground was established where members of all religious denominations could worship.[8] The area was referred to as Ruffs Siding and then Vamers Station before campground decided on the name “Smyrna” after its mention in the Book of Revelations in the Bible.[9] The completion of the railroad and boom in mills and factories led to continued growth and prosperity for the residents of Smyrna. In 1872, Smyrna became a municipality.


Smyrna, at-a-glance
Population: 50,000
Public Schools (Cobb County):
Argyle Elementary School
Belmont Hills Elementary School
Brown Elementary School
Clayton Elementary School
Green Acres Elementary School
King Springs School
Nickajack Elementary School
North Smyrna Elementary School
Norton Park Elementary School
Russell Elementary School
Smyrna Elementary School
Sunnyside Elementary School
Teasley Elementary School
Campbell Middle School
Griffin Middle School 
John Bassett Moore Intermediate School
Smyrna Middle School
Campbell High School 
Smyrna High School


[1] “The City of Smyrna,” http://www.ci.smyrna.ga.us/.
[2] Sarah Stewart, Newcomer’s Handbook for Moving and Living in Atlanta, (Oregon: First Books, 2009), 71.
[3] “The City of Smyrna,” http://www.ci.smyrna.ga.us/.
[4] Ibid.
[5] Ibid.
[6] Ibid.
[7] Stewart, Newcomer’s Handbook, 71.
[8] Ibid.
[9] “The City of Smyrna,” http://www.ci.smyrna.ga.us/.