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Dawson, Georgia - Basic Facts

The City of Dawson had a population of 4,240 as of July 1, 2020. Dawson ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Georgia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dawson is located at latitude 31.7735 and longitude -84.4466 in Terrell County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dawson encompass a land area of 3.75 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Terrell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 351 feet.

The City of Dawson (GNIS ID: 2404192) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Georgia is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Dawson is located within Dawson Division of Terrell County.


Dawson, GA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 4,240 (100%)
Population in Households 4,079 (96.2%)
Population in Families 3,387 (79.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 161 ( 3.8%)
Population Density 1,130
Diversity Index2 43


Median Household Income $26,092
Average Household Income $41,058
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $14,771
Wealth Index5 31


Total HU (Housing Units) 1,887 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 699 (37.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 859 (45.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 330 (17.5%)
Median Home Value $118,056
Average Home Value $165,379
Housing Affordability Index3 125


Total Households 1,557
Average Household Size 2.62
Family Households 1,051
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population -0.66% -0.76%
Households -0.63% -0.73%
Families -0.76% -0.87%
Median Household Income   1.06%
Per Capita Income   1.75%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.84%


Dawson, GA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dawson to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Georgia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 188 70th
Population Density # 133 79th
Median Household Income # 604 4th
Housing Affordability Index # 77 12th
Per Capita Income # 596 5th
Diversity Index # 439 30th

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