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or years Paulding County was one of the best
kept secrets in Georgia. Located in the
northwestern part of the state— bordered by Bartow,
Cobb, Douglas, Carroll, Haralson and Polk counties, and
about 40 minutes outside Atlanta— the county was often
known as the sleepy little home to various historical
landmarks in Dallas and Hiram.
In the 1990s the county had a population of about
50,000, had one high school and a lot of open space. But
something happened in the early 2000s. The population
grew to 165,000 last year and is expected to top 225,000
by 2025.
Paulding County is now being recognized as one of
the top five fastest-growing counties in the nation.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, it ranks as the 14th
largest Georgia county by population and the secondfastest growing.
“Paulding County exploded,” says Robert Crouse, the
chairman of the Paulding Industrial Building Authority.
“We became a huge bedroom community and now we
are trying to catch up and grow some jobs. Every day I
see 75-80 percent of our residents drive out of the county
to go to work. We are working to find ways to bring more
jobs to Paulding County so people don’t have to drive
out of town. That is definitely a priority for us.”
“We are excited about what is going on
here and all the growth that’s taking place,”
adds Dave Carmichael, chairman of the
County Commission. “Paulding County is
a beautiful place to live, and now we have
to focus on growing our opportunities for
people to work in the county.” “The key,”
he says, “is to grow well.”
There’s also more development on the
horizon. “I am excited about the newlyformed Paulding County Economic
Development Inc. and its search to
have an economic development
director hired by the end of the
year and in place working
hard to further business
recruitment as well as retention
and expansion in our
community,” says Paulding
County Chamber of Commerce
President Stacy Hamby.
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