Paulding County
The Old Paulding County Courthouse in Dallas is listed on the National Register of Historic Places
Map of Georgia highlighting Paulding County
Location within the U.S. state of Georgia
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Georgia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 33°55′N 84°52′W / 33.92°N 84.87°W / 33.92; -84.87
Country United States
State Georgia
FoundedDecember 3, 1832; 190 years ago (1832)
Named forJohn Paulding
SeatDallas
Largest cityDallas
Area
 • Total314 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Land312 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Water2.1 sq mi (5 km2)  0.7%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total168,661[1]
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district14th
Websitewww.paulding.gov

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 168,661 in 2020.[2][3] The county seat is Dallas.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6] The Tallapoosa River originates in Paulding County.

The county is mainly located in the Piedmont region of the state, with a few mountains located in the county that exceed elevations of 1,000 ft. These mountains are considered to be part of the southernmost extensions of the Appalachian Mountains.

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.[7]

Adjacent counties

Transportation

Major highways

Secondary highways

Pedestrians and cycling

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18402,556
18507,039175.4%
18607,0380.0%
18707,6398.5%
188010,88742.5%
189011,9489.7%
190012,9698.5%
191014,1248.9%
192014,025−0.7%
193012,327−12.1%
194012,8324.1%
195011,752−8.4%
196013,10111.5%
197017,52033.7%
198026,11049.0%
199041,61159.4%
200081,67896.3%
2010142,32474.3%
2020168,66118.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010-2019[2] 2020[12]

2000 census

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 81,678 people, 28,089 households, and 22,892 families living in the county. The population density was 261 inhabitants per square mile (101/km2). There were 29,274 housing units at an average density of 93 per square mile (36/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 90.59% White, 6.96% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.57% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 1.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 28,089 households, out of which 46.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 68.30% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.50% were non-families. 14.60% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.20.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 30.70% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 38.40% from 25 to 44, 17.40% from 45 to 64, and 5.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $52,161, and the median income for a family was $56,039. Males had a median income of $38,637 versus $27,341 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,974. About 4.00% of families and 5.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.60% of those under age 18 and 9.50% of those age 65 or over.

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.[14] 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).[15] 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.[14] In terms of ancestry, 14.7% were Irish, 11.6% were American, 11.2% were German, and 10.4% were English.[16]

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.[14]

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.[17]

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.[18]

2020 census

Paulding County racial composition[19]
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.

Education

Main article: Dallas, Georgia § 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

Media

The county legal organ is The Dallas New Era.[20]

Recreation

Communities

Cities

Unincorporated communities

Notable people

Politics

Paulding County is governed by a five-member board of commissioners, including a chairman and four post members. In the State Legislature, Paulding County is represented by two State Senators and four State Representatives. For federal elections, it is located in Georgia's 14th congressional district.

United States presidential election results for Paulding County, Georgia[22]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 54,517 63.86% 29,695 34.78% 1,160 1.36%
2016 44,662 68.21% 18,025 27.53% 2,793 4.27%
2012 40,846 70.98% 15,825 27.50% 872 1.52%
2008 39,192 68.67% 17,229 30.19% 655 1.15%
2004 30,843 76.13% 9,420 23.25% 251 0.62%
2000 16,881 69.58% 6,743 27.79% 636 2.62%
1996 10,152 57.57% 5,699 32.32% 1,782 10.11%
1992 7,180 47.59% 5,212 34.54% 2,696 17.87%
1988 7,329 72.63% 2,717 26.92% 45 0.45%
1984 6,048 69.77% 2,621 30.23% 0 0.00%
1980 2,845 36.87% 4,686 60.72% 186 2.41%
1976 1,432 20.90% 5,420 79.10% 0 0.00%
1972 2,814 73.70% 1,004 26.30% 0 0.00%
1968 977 19.33% 1,023 20.24% 3,054 60.43%
1964 1,914 43.23% 2,513 56.77% 0 0.00%
1960 812 25.31% 2,396 74.69% 0 0.00%
1956 940 37.02% 1,599 62.98% 0 0.00%
1952 788 26.80% 2,152 73.20% 0 0.00%
1948 139 9.55% 981 67.38% 336 23.08%
1944 775 36.33% 1,355 63.53% 3 0.14%
1940 770 31.62% 1,653 67.89% 12 0.49%
1936 645 31.71% 1,386 68.14% 3 0.15%
1932 276 12.40% 1,914 85.98% 36 1.62%
1928 1,301 65.34% 690 34.66% 0 0.00%
1924 378 40.95% 419 45.40% 126 13.65%
1920 954 73.72% 340 26.28% 0 0.00%
1916 10 0.68% 670 45.80% 783 53.52%
1912 32 2.80% 426 37.30% 684 59.89%
1908 630 58.44% 256 23.75% 192 17.81%
1904 341 27.91% 402 32.90% 479 39.20%
1900 609 46.00% 496 37.46% 219 16.54%
1896 552 44.52% 627 50.56% 61 4.92%
1892 158 10.50% 641 42.59% 706 46.91%
1888 185 23.57% 592 75.41% 8 1.02%
1884 221 24.29% 689 75.71% 0 0.00%
1880 258 21.32% 952 78.68% 0 0.00%


See also

References

  1. ^ US 2020 Census Bureau report, Paulding County, Georgia
  2. ^ a b "Paulding County, GA". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  3. ^ US 2020 Census Bureau report, Paulding County, Georgia
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 172. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission Interactive Mapping Experience". Georgia Soil and Water Conservation Commission. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
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  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved June 25, 2014.
  12. ^ US 2020 Census Bureau report, Paulding County, Georgia
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ a b c "DP-1 Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "Population, Housing Units, Area, and Density: 2010 - County". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  16. ^ "DP02 SELECTED SOCIAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE UNITED STATES – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  17. ^ "DP03 SELECTED ECONOMIC CHARACTERISTICS – 2006-2010 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 30, 2015.
  18. ^ Spigolon, Tom. "Census estimates place Paulding among fastest growing Metro counties in 2017". MDJOnline.com. Retrieved August 10, 2020.
  19. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 13, 2021.
  20. ^ "The Dallas New Era". www.thedallasnewera.com. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  21. ^ "Silver Comet Trail, Paulding County Information - Georgia". www.silvercometga.com. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  22. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 22, 2018.

Coordinates: 33°55′N 84°52′W / 33.92°N 84.87°W / 33.92; -84.87