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Paulding County
The Old Paulding County Courthouse in Dallas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Georgia
Founded December 3, 1832; 190 years ago (1832)
Named for John Paulding
Seat Dallas
Largest city Dallas
Area
 • Total 314 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Land 312 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Water 2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.7%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2019)
168,667
 • Density 522/sq mi (202/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 14th

Paulding County is a county located in the northwestern part of the U.S. state of Georgia. Part of the Atlanta metropolitan area, it had an estimated population of 168,667 in 2019. The county seat is Dallas.

History

Paulding County was created from Cherokee County by an act of the Georgia General Assembly on December 3, 1832. In 1851, a portion of Paulding County was used to help create Polk County. Other portions of Paulding County were annexed to neighboring counties (Campbell, Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, Haralson, and Polk) between 1832 and 1874. Between 1850 and 1874, Paulding County was expanded through annexation of parts of Carroll, Cobb, Douglas, and Polk counties.

The County is named after John Paulding (October 16, 1758 – February 18, 1818), who was famous for the capture of the British spy Major John André in 1780 during the American Revolution. André was on a mission carrying secret papers from Benedict Arnold when he was captured.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 314 square miles (810 km2), of which 312 square miles (810 km2) is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2) (0.7%) is water. The Tallapoosa River originates in Paulding County.

The southeastern portion of Paulding County, from just north of Hiram to north of Villa Rica, is located in the Middle Chattahoochee River-Lake Harding sub-basin of the ACF River Basin (Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin). The very western portion of the county, centered on State Route 101, is located in the Upper Tallapoosa River sub-basin of the ACT River Basin (Coosa-Tallapoosa River Basin), with the majority of the central and northern portions of Paulding County located in the Etowah River sub-basin of the same ACT River Basin.

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Major highways

  • US 278.svg U.S. Route 278
  • Georgia 6.svg State Route 6
  • Georgia 6 Business.svg State Route 6 Business
  • Georgia 61.svg State Route 61
  • Georgia 92.svg State Route 92
  • Georgia 101.svg State Route 101
  • Georgia 113.svg State Route 113
  • Georgia 120.svg State Route 120
  • Georgia 120 Connector.svg State Route 120 Connector
  • Georgia 360.svg State Route 360
  • Georgia 381.svg State Route 381

Secondary highways

  • Dallas-Acworth Highway (Old S.R. 381)
  • Ridge Road (Old S.R. 61 Connector). Connector in South Paulding that runs between SR 92 and SR 61
  • East Paulding Drive (Old S.R. 120 Connector, S.R. 92 Connector and S.R. 176). Road formerly known as Dragstrip Road
  • Goldmine Road (Old U.S. 278/S.R. 6). Former route to Yorkville.
  • Bill Carruth Parkway, formerly known as West Hiram Parkway, originally known as Egg Farm Road
  • Bobo Road (Old S.R. 92)
  • Macland Road (Old S.R. 360). All of Macland Road west of S.R. 120.
  • Mulberry Rock Road
  • Braswell Mountain Road
  • Cedarcrest Road
  • Seven Hills Boulevard
  • Harmony Grove Church Road
  • Dabbs Bridge Road
  • Vinson Mountain Road
  • Brushy Mountain Road
  • Nebo Road

Pedestrians and cycling

  • Dallas Trail Connect
  • Graves Path
  • Lindsey Path
  • Silver Comet Trail

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 2,556
1850 7,039 175.4%
1860 7,038 0.0%
1870 7,639 8.5%
1880 10,887 42.5%
1890 11,948 9.7%
1900 12,969 8.5%
1910 14,124 8.9%
1920 14,025 −0.7%
1930 12,327 −12.1%
1940 12,832 4.1%
1950 11,752 −8.4%
1960 13,101 11.5%
1970 17,520 33.7%
1980 26,110 49.0%
1990 41,611 59.4%
2000 81,678 96.3%
2010 142,324 74.3%
2020 168,661 18.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2019

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 142,324 people, 48,105 households, and 38,103 families living in the county. The population density was 455.8 inhabitants per square mile (176.0/km2). There were 52,130 housing units at an average density of 167.0 per square mile (64.5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 77.7% white, 17.1% black or African American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian, 1.7% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origin made up 5.1% of the population. In terms of ancestry, 14.7% were Irish, 11.6% were American, 11.2% were German, and 10.4% were English.

Of the 48,105 households, 47.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.5% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, 20.8% were non-families, and 16.6% of all households were made up of individuals. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.30. The median age was 33.8 years.

The median income for a household in the county was $62,348 and the median income for a family was $67,117. Males had a median income of $50,114 versus $37,680 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,450. About 7.0% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and 11.8% of those age 65 or over.

Paulding County has been noted for its rapid population growth in the 21st century, often ranking among the fastest-growing counties in Metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia. The rate of population growth increased in each of three consecutive years from 2015 to 2017.

2020 census

Paulding County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 108,444 64.3%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 36,609 21.71%
Native American 394 0.23%
Asian 1,926 1.14%
Pacific Islander 114 0.07%
Other/Mixed 8,610 5.1%
Hispanic or Latino 12,564 7.45%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 168,661 people, 56,476 households, and 44,021 families residing in the county.

Recreation

  • Silver Comet Trail
  • White Oak Park
  • Ben Hill Strickland Park
  • Taylor Farm Parks & Recreation
  • Burnt Hickory Park
  • Union Park
  • Samuel U. Braly Sports Complex
  • Mt. Tabor Park
  • Sara Babb Park (City of Dallas)

Cities and Communities

Incorporated Cities

Unincorporated Communities

Education

Elementary Schools • Abney Elementary School • Allgood Elementary School • Baggett Elementary School • Burnt Hickory Elementary School • Dallas Elementary School • Dugan Elementary School • Hiram Elementary School • Hutchens Elementary School • McGarity Elementary School • Nebo Elementary School • New Georgia Elementary School • Northside Elementary School • Panter Elementary School • Poole Elementary School • Ragsdale Elementary School • Roberts Elementary School • Russom Elementary School • Shelton Elementary School • Union Elementary School

Middle Schools • Austin Middle School • Dobbins Middle School • East Paulding Middle School • Herschel Jones Middle School • Scoggins Middle School • Moses Middle School • South Paulding Middle School • P.B. Ritch Middle School • Sammy McClure Middle School

High Schools • East Paulding High School • Hiram High School • Paulding County High School • South Paulding High School • North Paulding High School

Notable people

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