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Georgia is divided into one hundred and fifty-nine counties. The original eight counties of the State of Georgia were Burke, Camden, Chatham, Effingham, Glynn, Liberty, Richmond and Wilkes all created on February 5, 1777. The last new county to be established in Georgia was Peach County, established in 1924.

Paulding County, Georgia

Paulding County Education, Geography, and HistoryPaulding County, Georgia Courthouse

Paulding County is a county located in the state of Georgia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 142,324. Paulding County was created on December 3, 1832. The county seat is Dallas. The county is named in honor of John Paulding (1759-1818), a hero of the Revolutionary War.

Paulding County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is in Georgia's 14th congressional district.

Etymology - Origin of Paulding County Name

The county was named after John Paulding, a soldier in the Revolutionary War who helped capture Major Andre, an accomplice in Benedict Arnold's plot to overthrow the nation.


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Paulding County History

Paulding County, the 87th county created in the state, was formed from part of Cherokee County. It was named after John Paulding, a soldier in the Revolutionary War who helped capture Major Andre, an accomplice in Benedict Arnold's plot to overthrow the nation.

The county courthouse, built in 1892, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Another historic site is Pickett's Mill, a very well preserved Civil War battlefield. In the Atlanta Campaign, Sherman's forces clashed with Confederates here prior to heading to Kennesaw.

Points of Interest

The Silver Comet Trail, a walking, biking, and skating path with approximately twenty miles of pavement in Paulding County is eventually planned to go from Atlanta to Annistown, Alabama.

Paulding County is a popular destination for history buffs because of its well-preserved Civil War memorials. New Hope Church is the site of the 1864 battle between General Sherman and Confederate General Johnston. A monument and memorial park stand at New Hope Church, describing events of this well-known battle.

Notable Citizens

Country music stars Travis Tritt and Patty Loveless are residents of Paulding County.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the 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.

 Paulding county is located in northwest Georgia. The Tallapoosa River originates in Paulding County. Paulding is in the Tallapoosa River basin, the Coosa River basin and the Chattahoochee River basin.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • North: Bartow County
  • East: Cobb County
  • Southeast: Douglas County
  • Southwest: Carroll County; Haralson County
  • Northwest: Polk County


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