Kennesaw is a city in Cobb CountyGeorgia, United States, located in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. Founded in 1887, Kennesaw has a past surrounded with railroad history. During the Civil War, Kennesaw was the staging ground for the Great Locomotive Chase on April 12, 1862. The city is perhaps best known nationally for its mandatory gun-possession ordinance passed in the early ‘80s.

In March 2004, First Lady Laura Bush designated Kennesaw a Preserve America Community.


Kennesaw is located in northwestern Cobb County, bordered by the city of Acworth to the northwest and Marietta to the south. 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 above sea level. The city was renamed for the mountain.

U.S. Route 41 and State Route 3 pass through the city as Cobb Parkway, leading southeast 7 miles to Marietta and northwest 17 miles to CartersvilleInterstate 75 passes just northeast of the city limits, with access from exits 269, 271, and 273. Via I-75, downtown Atlanta is 27 miles to the southeast.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Kennesaw has a total area of 9.5 square miles, of which 9.4 square miles is land and 0.12 square miles, or 1.08%, is water.

As of the census of 2010, there were 29,783 people, 11,413 households, and 7,375 families residing in the city. Kennesaw is one of the fastest growing cities in Georgia currently.


Public schools are provided by the Cobb County School District, including Big Shanty Intermediate School.

Elementary schools include Bullard, Chalker, Hayes, Kennesaw, and Lewis.

Middle schools include Awtrey, Lost Mountain, McClure, Palmer, and Pine Mountain.

High schools include Harrison High School, Kennesaw Mountain, North Cobb, and Kennesaw Charter Science & Math Academy.

Private schools include Mt. Paran Christian School (pre-school through 12th), North Cobb Christian School (kindergarten through 12th), and First Baptist Christian School (pre-school through 5th).

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Kennesaw State University is located near the city and is the third largest university in Georgia. 


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park has Civil War monuments, historic battle sites and trails (approximately 18 miles) encompassing 3,000 acres.

Swift-Cantrell Park includes a skate park designed by Tony Hawk, multiple playgrounds, dog parks and a splash park. Nearby to the northwest, forested Red Top Mountain State Park juts into Lake Allatoona, and offers trails and a beach.

The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History is located downtown, next to the Western and Atlantic Railroad tracks on Cherokee Street, just off Main Street (old U.S. 41 and State Route 3). The museum is the current preservation and display location for The General, the locomotive that played the key role in the Great Locomotive Chase (The Texas which chased it is at the Atlanta Cyclorama).

Several festivals are held annually. Every April the annual Big Shanty Festival displays over 200 arts and crafts booths along with 20 food booths downtown. Over 60,000 people from around North Georgia attend the festival which is kicked off by a parade.

Kennesaw State University houses the Museum of History and Holocaust Education as well as The Kennesaw State University Bentley Rare Book Room and Archives.


If you are interested in purchasing, selling, investing, or just getting more information about Kennesaw real estate, please don’t hesitate to contact us.  We look forward to serving you with all of your real estate needs.


Tony Morris

The Meridian Group


*Information and data compiled from various sources via Google Search