Gray’s Mill was the original name of Hiram, named after one of the city’s first settlers. Garrett Gray moved to Paulding County in 1835 and built the first cotton gin in the area in 1836. Around 1850, Mr. Gray built the Grays Mill. Hiram was later renamed for the city’s first postmaster, Hiram Bagget.
For some statistics on Hiram: 2010 census population was 3546, up from 1361 in 2000. The average school expenditure
per student is $4695 and there are 16 students for each teacher. 78% of the residents have graduated from high school, 7% have a bachelor’s degree and 4% have graduate degrees. 64% of the houses are owned and 27% are rented. The median income is $58,000 and the median age is 32 years. 64% are married and the male and female population is equally balanced.
Near downtown Hiram is the Ben Hill Strickland Senior Memorial Park. The amenities there include: tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, pavilions, nature trail and pond and sidewalks. There is also a youth sports complex behind the City Water Tower and is operated by the Ruritan Club of Hiram. The Senior Services Division has programs for seniors that include meals on wheels and activities such as arts and crafts classes and day trips for seniors. The Silver Comet Trail has easy access at Hiram locations. For additional information: http://www.paulding.gov/index.aspx?nid=170