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Paulding County, Georgia

Posted by Craig Summers on January 30, 2006
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Paulding County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 81,678. The 2007 Census Estimate shows a population of 127,906. The county seat is Dallas, GA. The county is a part of the Atlanta metropolitan area (Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area). 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 315 square miles (816 km²), of which 313 square miles (812 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) (0.52%) is water. Geographic features The Tallapoosa River originates in Paulding County. Major highways US 278.svg U.S. Highway 278 Georgia 61.svg Georgia State Route 61 Georgia 92.svg Georgia State Route 92 Georgia 101.svg Georgia State Route 101 Georgia 113.svg Georgia State Route 113 Georgia 120.svg Georgia State Route 120 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 Harmony Grove Church Road Dabbs Bridge Road Vinson Mountain Road Brushy Mountain Road Nebo Road Adjacent counties Bartow County, Georgia – north Cobb County, Georgia – east Douglas County, Georgia – southeast Carroll County, Georgia – south Haralson County, Georgia – southwest Polk County, Georgia – west Demographics As of the census of 2000, there were 81,678 people, 28,089 households, and 22,892 families residing in the county. The population density was 261 people 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. Paulding County Georgia is ranked 7th (2007 Census) in population growth among the United States. Being the 2nd Fastest growing county in Georgia. Also the 2nd fastest growing county in Metro Atlanta. Recreation Silver Comet Trail Notable residents Patty Loveless, country music star; and her husband, record producer Emory Gordy, Jr. Ray Traylor, former WWE superstar “The BIG BOSS MAN” Travis Tritt, country music star Zach Wheeler, San Francisco Giants prospect Brian Yarber, famous rodeo clown and controversial PETA activist. From Wikipedia