Marietta, GA, City Facts and Higher Education

Marietta, Georgia, is one of the anchor cities of the Atlanta metropolitan region. Several postsecondary institutions can be found in Marietta that offer certificates and associate's and bachelor's degrees, as well as master's degrees and some doctoral programs. Keep reading to find out about Marietta's demographics, economy and schools.

Information about Marietta, Georgia

Marietta, Georgia, one of metropolitan Atlanta's largest suburbs, has a population of about 60,000 people. The city is relatively diverse, according to 2010 U.S. census data, with Hispanic residents counting for about 21% and African-American residents making up nearly 32% of the population. About 43% of the population is white.

Marietta offers various museums and galleries, major festivals and street fairs, two public golf courses, a month-long annual art show and many fine hotels, restaurants and theaters. Beyond the city limits of Marietta, the greater Atlanta metropolitan area is home to major league sports teams, world-renowned shopping, theater, museums and a thriving cultural scene. Residents inclined to outdoor activities are within driving distance of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Appalachian Trail and other destinations for hiking, camping and mountain biking.

Higher Education

There are four public and private non-profit institutions of higher learning in Marietta, including Life University, a dedicated chiropractic school. Everest Institute-Marietta enrolls about 330 students. Other schools include Shorter University's College of Adult and Professional Programs and Chattahoochee Technical College, which offers programs in engineering technology, computer installation and repair technology, consumer sciences and health professions.

Metropolitan Atlanta is home to such institutions as Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University in DeKalb County. Spelman College, Morehouse College and Clark Atlanta University are also in Atlanta, all of which were ranked within the top 20 historically black colleges and universities for 2016; Spelman was #1.

Economy and Employment

Marietta has a diverse economy, with the city's residents equally employed in management positions and construction, maintenance and other blue-collar professions. The city's residents are well-educated, with 36.1% of adults holding bachelor's degrees, compared to about 28% statewide, as indicated by 2010-2014 U.S. census data.

A Lockheed Martin manufacturing facility is located in Marietta, as is a major Air Force Reserve base. The greater Atlanta area is one of the largest corporate centers in the United States, with companies such as Coca-Cola, Delta Air Lines and Arby's all making their headquarters in the area.

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