The City of Rome is a municipality within the State of Georgia located in Floyd County, approximately 70 miles northwest of Atlanta. Founded in 1834 and incorporated in 1847, the City prospered as a trading center because of its location near the junction where the Etowah and Oostanaula rivers form the Coosa river. In the late 19th century, textile mills played an important part in the early days of industrialization of the area. In the last 30 years, a large number of industrial plants have been established in the Rome area assuring the region a continued economic vitality.
The origin of the city's name is quite interesting. It has been said that five travelers met at a spring in Rome, agreeing that it would be a fine place to start a city. They would establish the city by each placing a suggestion for a city name in a hat. Colonel Daniel R. Mitchell, who stated that the landscape of the city reminded him of Rome, Italy, drew the name.
Rome is home to numerous landmarks, monuments, and museums honoring the heritage of the city. Every October, Rome hosts the Heritage Days to pay tribute to those who made this possible. Also, the Festa Roma festival is held in Rome during the month of July.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Rome had a population of 34,980 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 15.0%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.
Located as a center point between three metropolitan southern cities, Atlanta, Chattanooga, and Birmingham, Rome is rated among the best places to live, work, and do business in America. A vibrant, supportive business climate complements Rome's strategic location, affordable real estate, and skilled workforce. These qualities alone attract high-caliber business and industry, yet it's the unmatched quality of life in Rome that keeps them here.