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Dawsonville, Georgia
Historic Dawson County Courthouse
Historic Dawson County Courthouse
"Protecting our history and providing for the future"
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
 • Total 8.63 sq mi (22.34 km2)
 • Land 8.61 sq mi (22.29 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
1,365 ft (416 m)
 • Total 2,536
 • Estimate 
 • Density 377.22/sq mi (145.64/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 706
FIPS code 13-21940
GNIS feature ID 0331529

Dawsonville is a city in and the county seat of Dawson County, Georgia, United States. The population was 2,536 at the 2010 census, up from 619 in 2000.

Dawsonville is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


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


Dawsonville is located at 34°25′N 84°7′W.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 0.26%, is water.

The community is at the junction of State Routes 9, 53, and 136. SR 9 leads northeast 14 miles (23 km) to Dahlonega and south 17 miles (27 km) to Cumming, while SR 53 leads southeast 6 miles (10 km) to U.S. Route 19 and west 24 miles (39 km) to Jasper. SR 136 also leads to Jasper, on a 29-mile (47 km) route that runs further to the north through the southern end of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Amicalola Falls, 15 miles (24 km) north of the center of Dawsonville, is one of the seven natural wonders of Georgia.


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%
2019 (est.) 3,246 28.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

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.


Auto racing

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".

Dawsonville is the home of retired NASCAR driver Bill Elliott, who won the Winston Cup championship in 1988 and was inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame in 2015, and his son Chase Elliott, who currently races in the Sprint Cup Series. Bill Elliott's nickname is "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville". The city hall has a racing theme as well. After a significant racing accomplishment happened from Bill or happens from Chase, such as a win, the Dawsonville siren goes off to let the town know.


Dawson County School District

The Dawson County School District holds pre-school to grade twelve, and 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
  • Dawson County Middle school
  • Dawson County Junior High School
  • Dawson County High School

The Dawson County School System is a charter system.

Notable people

  • Spencer Davis, stock car driver
  • Bill Elliott, "Awesome Bill from Dawsonville", stock car driver
  • Chase Elliott, stock car driver and son of Bill Elliott
  • Jerry Glanville, National Football League head coach, NASCAR driver
  • Roy Hall, moonshine runner and early stock car racing driver, cousin of Lloyd Seay
  • Corey Johnson, professional male runway model, actor, producer
  • Raymond Parks, moonshine runner and NASCAR pioneer regarded as the first "team" owner in stock car racing, a relative of Seay and Hall
  • Lloyd Seay, moonshine runner and early stock car racing driver, cousin of Roy Hall
  • Gober Sosebee, race car driver
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