It’s decision time for voters in Cobb County, as early voting begins tomorrow, October 17, 2022. The midterm elections are important because they can shift the balance of political power at the local, state and national levels.
In addition to our high-profile elections for U.S. Senate and House, and the governor’s race, we have a number of important elections here in Cobb County, including school board posts, a contested county commission race, and the race for Cobb’s solicitor general.
For residents of Mableton and addresses in parts of unincorporated Austell and Smyrna, there will be a vote on whether to incorporate a City of Mableton.
You can look over the Cobb County Courier’s coverage of some of these races by following this link.
The county posted the following announcement with links to useful information
“Advance Voting for the November general election starts Monday, October 17, at a dozen locations in Cobb County. A 13th location will open for one week, and voting will be available on Sunday, October 30, at the Elections’ Main Office.
“Voters can click this link for a complete list of locations with dates, times, and drop box locations.
“Traditionally the most popular location for advance voting has been the Elections Main Office on Whitlock Avenue. The Elections Main Office has moved and will host advance voting at their new location at 995 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA. The Whitlock location will no longer host any election activities.
“Voters wishing to take advantage of advance voting can track wait times at the facilities by using this link or by visiting the advance voting page at https://www.cobbcounty.org/elections/voting/advance-voting.
“Elections workers started mailing out absentee ballots on Tuesday, October 11, the first day allowed by law. Voters who have questions about the process or who wish to track the status of their ballot online should visit the absentee ballot page at https://www.cobbcounty.org/elections/voting/absentee-voting.
“Visit www.cobbelections.org for more information.”
About Cobb County
Cobb County is the third most populous county in Georgia, smaller only than Fulton and Gwinnett counties.
The governing authority is the five-member Cobb County Board of Commissioners, which includes a Chairperson and four district commissioners.
The current board is:
|District 1 Commissioner||Keli Gambrill|
|District 2 Commissioner||Jerica Richardson|
|District 3 Commissioner||JoAnn Birrell|
|District 4 Commissioner||Monique Sheffield|
The U.S. Census Bureau gives the following quick facts about the county:
|Population Estimates, July 1 2021, (V2021)||766,802|
|Population estimates base, April 1, 2020, (V2021)||766,149|
|Population, percent change – April 1, 2020 (estimates base) to July 1, 2021, (V2021)||0.1%|
|Population, Census, April 1, 2020||766149|
|Population, Census, April 1, 2010||688078|
|Age and Sex|
|Persons under 5 years, percent||5.6%|
|Persons under 18 years, percent||22.7%|
|Persons 65 years and over, percent||13.3%|
|Female persons, percent||51.3%|
|Race and Hispanic Origin|
|White alone, percent||61.7%|
|Black or African American alone, percent(a)||29.2%|
|American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent(a)||0.5%|
|Asian alone, percent(a)||5.7%|
|Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent(a)||0.1%|
|Two or More Races, percent||2.8%|
|Hispanic or Latino, percent(b)||13.7%|
|White alone, not Hispanic or Latino, percent||50.2%|
|Foreign born persons, percent, 2016-2020||15.6%|
|Housing units, July 1, 2021, (V2021)||311450|
|Owner-occupied housing unit rate, 2016-2020||65.8%|
|Median value of owner-occupied housing units, 2016-2020||$273,900|
|Median selected monthly owner costs -with a mortgage, 2016-2020||$1,672|
|Median selected monthly owner costs -without a mortgage, 2016-2020||$474|
|Median gross rent, 2016-2020||$1,264|
|Building permits, 2021||3247|
|Families & Living Arrangements|
|Persons per household, 2016-2020||2.63|
|Living in same house 1 year ago, percent of persons age 1 year+, 2016-2020||84.6%|
|Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons age 5 years+, 2016-2020||20.5%|
|Computer and Internet Use|
|Households with a computer, percent, 2016-2020||97.2%|
|Households with a broadband Internet subscription, percent, 2016-2020||93.3%|
|High school graduate or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020||92.6%|
|Bachelor’s degree or higher, percent of persons age 25 years+, 2016-2020||48.4%|
|With a disability, under age 65 years, percent, 2016-2020||6.2%|
|Persons without health insurance, under age 65 years, percent||13.8%|
|In civilian labor force, total, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020||69.6%|
|In civilian labor force, female, percent of population age 16 years+, 2016-2020||64.3%|
|Total accommodation and food services sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||2056579|
|Total health care and social assistance receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||5569500|
|Total transportation and warehousing receipts/revenue, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||1536858|
|Total retail sales, 2017 ($1,000)(c)||18543691|
|Total retail sales per capita, 2017(c)||$24,615|
|Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2016-2020||31.2|
|Income & Poverty|
|Median household income (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020||$80,830|
|Per capita income in past 12 months (in 2020 dollars), 2016-2020||$41,480|
|Persons in poverty, percent||9.2%|
|Total employer establishments, 2020||21492|
|Total employment, 2020||358927|
|Total annual payroll, 2020 ($1,000)||21780372|
|Total employment, percent change, 2019-2020||-0.3%|
|Total nonemployer establishments, 2019||86497|
|All employer firms, Reference year 2017||17066|
|Men-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||10386|
|Women-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||3537|
|Minority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||3058|
|Nonminority-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||12177|
|Veteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||1204|
|Nonveteran-owned employer firms, Reference year 2017||13909|
|Population per square mile, 2020||2254.8|
|Population per square mile, 2010||2026.4|
|Land area in square miles, 2020||339.78|
|Land area in square miles, 2010||339.55|