Doraville, Georgia

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Doraville, Georgia
Doraville City Hall
Doraville City Hall
"Diversity, Vitality, Community"[1]
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Doraville is located in Metro Atlanta
Doraville location in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389Coordinates: 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,073 ft (327 m)
 • Total8,330
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,326/sq mi (898.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
30340, 30360, 30362
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-23536 [3]
GNIS feature ID0325924 [4]

Doraville is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The municipality is northeast of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 8,330.[5]


Doraville was incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, approved December 15, 1871.[6] From its development until the 1940s, Doraville was a small agricultural community that served the interests of a larger surrounding farming area.

At the end of World War II, Doraville was on a main railroad line, and had a new water system available. General Motors selected Doraville as the site for its new assembly plant. The growth of Doraville exploded in the late 1940s and the 1950s as a result. In the late 1940s, plans for Guilford Village, the first subdivision, were announced by Southern Builders and Engineering Company. The 112-home subdivision at Tilly Mill and Flowers Roads was to cover some 58 acres.

In 1950, Doraville's population was 472. By 1964, its population was 6,160 and its land area was 1,722 acres. Part of the population growth during that period was because of the annexation of Northwoods in 1949 and Oakcliff in 1958.

By the 1980s, Doraville and neighboring Chamblee attracted immigrants relocating to the Atlanta area who settled along Buford Highway. The result is one of the largest Asian communities in the country. Many Latin American countries are also represented. 56% of residents speak a language other than English as a first language.

The Doraville MARTA Station was built in 1992, destroying the few buildings that remained of Doraville's downtown.

The GM Doraville Assembly Plant closed in 2009.


Doraville is located at 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389 (33.905302, -84.273870).[7] Doraville is east of Chamblee, south of Dunwoody, west of Norcross, and north of Tucker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.11%, is water.[5] Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, runs through Doraville.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201610,501[2]26.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 9,862 people, 2,998 households, and 1,981 families residing in the city. The population density was 2,747.0 people per square mile (1,060.7/km²). There were 3,102 housing units at an average density of 864.1 per square mile (333.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.35% White, 14.77% African American, 1.28% Native American, 12.67% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 20.62% from other races, and 4.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 43.44% of the population.

Ethnic market on Buford Highway

There were 2,998 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.24 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 18 to 24, 38.7% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,641, and the median income for a family was $41,903. Males had a median income of $23,681 versus $22,165 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,048. About 9.6% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Doraville's economy is primarily dependent on wholesale businesses and ethnic restaurants. Doraville also generates a large portion of their general fund through police fines and code enforcement citations.


Doraville has a Council / City Manager form of government. Two Council representatives are elected from each of the three districts. The mayor is a part-time ceremonial position.


Doraville is known for a variety of ethnic restaurants and wholesale businesses along Buford Highway.


Doraville has three distinct neighborhoods that all have a variety of 50's, 60's, and 70's styles. Northwoods has the bungalow, mid-century, and split-level styles. Oakcliff has primarily 60's ranch style and split-level architecture. The oldest neighborhood is Tilly Mill and bungalow and ranch styles are prevalent. Most businesses are located along the Buford Highway corridor in 50's style shopping centers with acres of asphalt parking in front of single-story cement block structures.


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

DeKalb County School System serves Doraville.[9]

The following elementary schools serve sections of Doraville:[10]

  • Cary Reynolds Elementary School[11] (Doraville)
  • Chesnut Elementary School (Dunwoody)
  • Hightower Elementary School[12] (Doraville)
  • Huntley Hills Elementary School (Chamblee)

The following middle schools serve sections of Doraville:[13]

The following high schools serve sections of Doraville:[14]

Public libraries[edit]

DeKalb County Public Library operates the Doraville Branch.[16]


Major roads and expressways[edit]

Mass transit[edit]

For mass transit, the city is served by the Doraville MARTA station.

Pedestrians and cycling[edit]

Doraville has few sidewalks and no designated bike lanes.


The Doraville Parks and Recreation Department Manages a variety of facilities, including Honeysuckle Park, Fleming Arena, the Paul Murphy Boxing Club, Autumn Park, Brook Park, Chicopee Park, English Oak Park, Flowers Park and Bernard Halpern Park.[17]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "The City of Doraville Georgia Website". The City of Doraville Georgia Website. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Doraville city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Doraville. September 6, 2016. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Cary Reynolds Elementary School".
  12. ^ "Hightower Elementary School".
  13. ^ "Middle School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "High School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Cross Keys High School".
  16. ^ "Library Locations & Hours[permanent dead link]." DeKalb County Public Library. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  17. ^ "Doraville Neighborhood Parks" (PDF).
  18. ^ "The Atlanta Rhythm Section - History".
  19. ^ "The Atlanta Rhythm Section - "Third Annual Pipe Dream"".

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