Dawson, Georgia

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Dawson, Georgia
City
Location in Terrell County and the state of Georgia
Location in Terrell County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 31°46′26″N 84°26′27″W / 31.77389°N 84.44083°W / 31.77389; -84.44083Coordinates: 31°46′26″N 84°26′27″W / 31.77389°N 84.44083°W / 31.77389; -84.44083
Country United States
State Georgia
County Terrell
Area
 • Total 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Land 3.7 sq mi (9.5 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 351 ft (107 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 5,058
 • Density 1,367/sq mi (532.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31742, 39842
Area code(s) 229
FIPS code 13-21912[1]
GNIS feature ID 0313367[2]

Dawson is a city in and the county seat of Terrell County, Georgia, United States.[3] The population was 5,058 at the 2000 census.[1] Incorporated on December 22, 1857, the city is named for Senator William Crosby Dawson.[citation needed]

Dawson is part of the Albany, Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Dawson was founded in 1856 as seat of the newly formed Terrell County. It was incorporated as a town in 1857 and as a city in 1872.[4]

Geography[edit]

Dawson is located at 31°46′26″N 84°26′27″W / 31.77389°N 84.44083°W / 31.77389; -84.44083 (31.773969, -84.440870).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,058 people, 1,791 households, and 1,276 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,373.5 people per square mile (530.7/km²). There were 1,967 housing units at an average density of 534.1 per square mile (206.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 21.49% White, 77.26% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.10% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 1,791 households out of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.9% were married couples living together, 32.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 25.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.76 and the average family size was 3.29.

In the city the population was spread out with 30.3% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 83.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,140, and the median income for a family was $25,511. Males had a median income of $26,006 versus $18,629 for females. The per capita income for the city was $10,752. About 31.6% of families and 36.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.8% of those under age 18 and 26.0% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

This area climate is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Dawson has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[6]

Climate data for Dawson, Georgia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 26
(78)
14
(58)
17
(63)
24
(75)
26
(79)
30
(86)
33
(92)
34
(93)
33
(91)
26
(79)
21
(69)
16
(60)
25
(76.9)
Average low °C (°F) 2
(36)
4
(40)
11
(51)
12
(53)
18
(64)
20
(68)
21
(70)
22
(71)
21
(69)
12
(53)
7
(44)
2
(36)
12.7
(54.6)
Precipitation mm (inches) 117
(4.6)
114
(4.5)
140
(5.5)
104
(4.1)
91
(3.6)
130
(5.1)
150
(5.9)
122
(4.8)
99
(3.9)
56
(2.2)
80
(3)
112
(4.4)
1,315
(51.6)
Source: Weatherbase [7]

Education[edit]

Terrell County School District[edit]

The Terrell County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of two elementary schools, a middle school and a high school.[8] The district has 98 full-time teachers and over 1,764 students.[9]

  • Carver Elementary School
  • Cooper Primary School
  • Terrell Middle School
  • Terrell High School
  • Terrell Middle High School

Private education[edit]

  • Terrell Academy

Higher education[edit]

Nearby Albany has three colleges to which students may easily commute: Darton State College,[10] Albany State University,[11] and Albany Technical College.[12] To the west, in Cuthbert, is historic Andrew College.[13] Also nearby is Georgia Southwestern State University[14] in Americus.

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Hellmann, Paul T. (May 13, 2013). Historical Gazetteer of the United States. Routledge. p. 227. Retrieved 30 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Dawson, Georgia
  7. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on October 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  9. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  10. ^ Darton College, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  11. ^ Albany State University, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  12. ^ Albany Technical College, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  13. ^ Andrew College, Retrieved June 27, 2010.
  14. ^ Georgia Southwestern State University, Retrieved June 27, 2010.