Marietta, Georgia

Located just 20 miles outside Atlanta, the suburban city of Marietta has witnessed a rapid growth in poverty over the last 15 years. Marietta is part of Cobb County, an area once primarily known for its picturesque realization of the American dream, with charming homes and lush greenery, but today the county is better known for epidemic suburban poverty.

Nearly 90% of metro Atlanta’s poorer population today lives in the suburbs. Brookings Institute findings show that less than 50% of this suburban population has access to any viable form of transportation, making it difficult to get to jobs. And according to Urban Institute research, compared with counties across the nation Cobb offers the fewest options for affordable low-income housing.

In Marietta:

  • 21.5% of residents live under the poverty line (2013)
  • 29.3% of children live below the poverty level
  • Crime rates are 67% higher than the overall national average, with the chance of becoming a victim of any crime, 1 in 21.

In addition:

  • Between 2000 and 2010, Cobb County’s poverty rate doubled.
  • The use of food stamps more than doubled between 2007 and 2014

Family-to-Family’s partner organization in Marietta is Must Ministries, an outreach organization that helps families in need with food, emergency shelter, clothing, employment help, summer lunches and more.

Monthly groceries for the families we serve come from the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Community Partner:

Rhonda Smith
Must Ministries
1407 Cobb Parkway North
Marietta, GA 30062

Read more about poverty in suburban Atlanta:

SPRAWLED OUT IN ATLANTA – POLITICO.COM
A VIEW FROM ATLANTA, EPICENTER OF SUBURBAN POVERTY IN AMERICA

 

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