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.
With just a little over 313 square miles and an estimated population of over 160,000 people, Paulding County is one of the largest and most populated counties in Georgia. In fact, Paulding County is the 2nd fastest growing county in not only Metro-Atlanta, but in the entire State of Georgia.
The Paulding County Sheriff's Office is the 17th largest Sheriff's Office in the State of Georgia. The Sheriff's Office is currently the 10th largest full service Sheriff' Office in the State of Georgia with over 300 total employees.