Dawsonville, Georgia

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Dawsonville, Georgia
City
Historic Dawson County Courthouse
Historic Dawson County Courthouse
Location in Dawson County and the state of Georgia
Location in Dawson County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 34°25′N 84°7′W / 34.417°N 84.117°W / 34.417; -84.117Coordinates: 34°25′N 84°7′W / 34.417°N 84.117°W / 34.417; -84.117
Country United States
State Georgia
County Dawson
Area
 • 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)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,536
 • Density 325.8/sq mi (123.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 30534
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-21940[1]
GNIS feature ID 0331529[2]

Dawsonville is a city in Dawson County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,536 at the 2010 census. The city is the county seat of Dawson County.[3]

History[edit]

Dawsonville was founded in 1857 as seat of the newly formed Dawson County. It was incorporated a town in 1859 and as a city in 1952.[4] The community is named for Senator William Crosby Dawson.[5]

Geography[edit]

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.

The community is at the junction of State Routes 9, 53, and 136.

Amicalola Falls, located in Dawsonville, is one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 199
1900 217
1910 179 −17.5%
1920 198 10.6%
1930 203 2.5%
1940 319 57.1%
1950 318 −0.3%
1960 307 −3.5%
1970 288 −6.2%
1980 342 18.8%
1990 467 36.5%
2000 619 32.5%
2010 2,536 309.7%
Est. 2014 2,497 [6] −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[1] 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.

Recreation[edit]

Auto racing[edit]

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. Dawsonville celebrates this every October with the yearly "Mountain Moonshine Festival".[8]

Dawsonville is the home of retired NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, who won the Winston Cup championship in 1988 and is to be[when?] inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame, and his son Chase Elliott, who races in the Nationwide Series. Bill Elliott's nickname is "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville".[citation needed] The city hall has a racing theme as well.

Education[edit]

Dawson County School District[edit]

The Dawson County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and consists of three elementary schools, two middle schools, and a high school.[9] The district has 219 full-time teachers and 3,036 students.[10]

  • 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

Dawsonville schools are fairly advanced[clarification needed] with regard to technology, and have a small[clarification needed] student to teacher ratio. The Dawson County School System is a charter system.

The only high school in Dawsonville, Dawson County High School, won the honor of being a part of the Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Riverview Middle School won the governor's Gold Award for student achievement in the 2008–2009 school year.[citation needed]

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "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. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 101. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Welcome to Dawsonville Georgia". 
  9. ^ Georgia Board of Education, Retrieved June 8, 2010.
  10. ^ School Stats, Retrieved June 8, 2010.

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