Neighborhood Spotlight: Paulding County

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If you’ve been a lifelong resident living in DeKalb County or Fulton County, you probably don’t think of Paulding County as part of the Metro Atlanta area, even though nearby Cobb County has officially been part of the “in crowd” for years.


These days, however, Paulding County, which was once mostly devoted to agriculture (think livestock, poultry, corn, pecans, and oats) over business has started taking a more industrial path. This has led to not only substantial growth in business for the area, but attracted more residents to the county as well.

In fact, 60 percent of its residents are made up of families who have relocated to the area from other places. And really, who can blame them? With the county’s small-town charm and thriving business community, Paulding County has something for everyone, all while still providing easy access to the rest of the Metro Atlanta area.

Market Trends for Paulding County

As of November 14, 2018, the median price of homes that were listed in Paulding County was around $229,900, while the median price of homes that sold was $174,400.

Although there has been a bit of a slow down in the real estate market in Georgia as well as the rest of the country,Paulding County is currently still experiencing a seller’s market. This means that the supply of homes for sale in the Paulding area is low, which in turn, puts upward pressure on home prices in the area.

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Paulding County School System

The Paulding County School System consist of 33 schools. 19 elementary schools, nine middle schools, and five high schools. In addition, the county has three college/technical schools.

  • Floyd L. Shelton Elementary School at Crossroad – 1531 Cedarcrest Road (PK-5)
  • Roland W. Russom Elementary School – 44 Russom Elementary School Lane (PK-5)
  • Burnt Hickory Elementary School – 80 North Paulding Drive (PK-5) –
  • Northside Elementary School – 2223 Cartersville Hwy (PK-5)
  • Union Elementary School – 206 Georgia 101, Temple (PK-5)
  • WC Abney Elementary School – 1186 Colbert Road (PK-5)
  • Sam D. Panter Elementary School – 190 Panter School Road (PK-5)
  • McGarity Elementary School – 262 Rakestraw Mill Road (PK-5)
  • A. Roberts Elementary School – 1833 Mount Tabor Church Road (PK-5)
  • Bessie L. Baggett Elementary School – 948 Williams Lake Road (PK-5)
  • Lillian C. Poole Elementary School – 1002 Wayside Lane (PK-5)
  • Hal Hutchens Elementary School – 586 Clonts Road (PK-5)
  • Dallas Elementary School – 520 Hardee Street (PK-5)
  • New Georgia Elementary School – 5800 Mulberry Rock Road (PK-5)
  • Hiram Elementary School – 200 Seaboard Avenue (PK-5)
  • Allgood Elementary School – 312 Hart Road (PK-5)
  • Nebo Elementary School – 2843 Nebo Road (PK-5)
  • Connie Dugan Elementary School – 1362 Winn Road (PK-5)
  • Sara M. Ragsdale Elementary School – 528 Holly Springs Road (PK-5)

Middle Schools

  • Sammy McClure Sr. Middle School – 315 Bob Grogan Drive (6-8)
  • East Paulding Middle School – 2945 Hiram Acworth Highway (6-8)
  • A. Dobbins Middle School – 637 Williams Lake Road (6-8)
  • Lena Mae Moses Middle School – 1066 Old County Farm Road (6-8)
  • Irma C. Austin Middle School – 3490 Ridge Road (6-8)
  • South Paulding Middle School – 592 Nebo Road (6-8)
  • Carl Scoggins Sr. Middle School – 1663 Mulberry Rock Road (6-8)
  • P B Ritch Middle School – 60 Old Country Trail (6-8)
  • Herschel Jones Middle School – 100 Stadium Drive (6-8)

High Schools

  • North Paulding High School – 300 North Paulding Drive (9-12)
  • Paulding County High School – 1297 Villa Rica Highway (9-12)
  • South Paulding High School – 1364 Winn Road (9-12)
  • East Paulding High School – 3320 East Paulding Drive (9-12)
  • Hiram High School – 702 Virgie Ballentine Drive (9-12)

College/Technical Schools

  • Chattahoochee Technical College (Paulding Campus) 400 Nathan Dean Blvd
  • Georgia Highlands College – 25 Courthouse Square
  • Kennesaw State University Paulding Site – 25 Courthouse Square

Top Employers in Paulding County

In addition to jobs in the school district and the county government, some of the top employers in the county include:

  • Kroger
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Walmart Associates Inc.
  • Wellstar Health System

County Zip Codes

Paulding County has only two main cities (Dallas and Hiram), but it does have quite a few communities that have their own zip codes. Interestingly, some of these areas receive mail from other counties, such as Carroll County and Douglas County even though they are still situated within Paulding County.

  • 30178
  • 30179
  • 30141
  • 30153
  • 30157
  • 30132
  • 30134

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Shopping and Dining

When it comes to shopping and dining, most of the bigger retail stores and chain restaurants, such as Walmart and Target can be found on the southeast side of the county in Hiram, but residents can easily hop on highway 278 and make the short commute in a matter of minutes, or if they live on the northeast of the county in communities like Bentwater and Seven Hill, Highway 41 is only a short hop and skip away.

Things to Do in Paulding County

Whether you like exploring the great outdoors or seeing a show in a historic movie theatre, Paulding County has a little something for everything.

Residents can enjoy hiking the Silver Comet Trail or exploring Picket’s Mill, one of the best-preserved historic battlefields in the country. There are also a number of car shows, free outdoor music concerts, and arts & crafts festivals throughout the year making Paulding County one of the best counties in the Metro Atlanta area for residents to live and work.

Are You Looking for a Home in Paulding County, Georgia?

kristen-reed-cartersville-realtorKristen Reed is a Realtor who not only really listens to the needs of her clients, but genuinely wants to help them find the home that is right for them and their family. If you’re thinking of moving to Paulding County, contact Kristen today at the information listed below and she will help you to receive free access to new listings in the area.