Location in Dawson County and the state of Georgia
|• Total||1.9 sq mi (5 km2)|
|• Land||1.9 sq mi (5 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,365 ft (416 m)|
|• Density||325.8/sq mi (123.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0331529|
Dawsonville is located at 34°25′N 84°7′W.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all of it land.
Amicalola Falls, located in Dawsonville, is on the List of the seven natural wonders of Georgia (U.S. state).
As of the census of 2000, there were 619 people, 234 households, and 153 families residing in the city. The population density was 320.9 people per square mile (123.8/km²). There were 257 housing units at an average density of 133.2 per square mile (51.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.58% White, 0.16% Native American, 0.97% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.00% of the population.
There were 234 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.0% were married couples living together, 15.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 12.4% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 11.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 114.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,327, and the median income for a family was $39,000. Males had a median income of $27,500 versus $25,125 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,207. About 12.3% of families and 11.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.3% of those under age 18 and 15.7% of those age 65 or over.
The city's community is known in auto racing circles for its long tradition of involvement in the sport (many racing skills originally developed as a consequence of moonshine activity in the area) and celebrates its involvement every October with the yearly festival aptly named by locals as the "Mountain Moonshine Festival."  Dawsonville is the home of retired NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, who won the Winston Cup championship in 1988 and is to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his son Chase Elliott, who currently races in the Nationwide Series. Bill's nickname, in homage to his hometown, is "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville". The city hall also has an extravagant racing theme as well.
Dawson County School District
The Dawson County School District holds grades pre-school to grade twelve, that consists of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school. The district has 219 full-time teachers and 3,036 students.
- Black's Mill Elementary School
- Kilough Elementary School
- Robinson Elementary School
- Riverview Elementary School
- Riverview Middle School
- Dawson County Middle School
- Dawson County High School
As far as education goes in Dawsonville, the small town is fairly advanced with technology and has a small student to teacher ratio. The Dawson County School system is a charter system. The one and only high school in Dawsonville, Dawson County High School, won the honor of being a part of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Also, Riverview Middle School won the governor's Gold Award on student achievement in the 2008-2009 school year.
- Bill Elliott "Awesome Bill From Dawsonville", stock car driver
- Chase Elliott, stock car driver and son of Bill Elliott
- Bill Goldberg, professional wrestler and actor (once resided in Dawsonville)
- Lloyd Seay and Roy Hall, moonshine runners and early stock car racing drivers, cousins
- Raymond Parks, moonshine runner and NASCAR pioneer regarded as the first "team" owner in stock car racing, a relative of Seay and Hall
- Gober Sosebee, race car driver from Dawsonville
- Jerry Glanville, National Football League head coach, NASCAR driver
- Corey Johnson, professional male runway model, actor, producer (residence)
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