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County Profile

Incorporated: December 3, 1857

Population: 15,999

Total Area: 211 Square miles

Cities and Towns

• Dawsonville (County Seat)

Dawson County was created from parts of Lumpkin, Gilmer, and Forsyth counties. Georgia’s 118th county, and the county seat of Dawsonville, were named for Judge William C. Dawson, a compiler of the laws of Georgia and commander of a brigade in the Creek Indian War of 1836. Dawson also served in both houses of the state legislature and in Congress before the Civil War.

Built in 1857, the historic Dawson County Courthouse has been the focus of recent renovation and preservation efforts. A coalition of interested parties, ranging from the local Women’s Club to a local builder, have worked on the building.

Dawson County is home to 729-foot Amicalola Falls, the highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Amicalola Falls State Park surrounds the falls, and the Amicalola Falls Lodge is located at the top of the falls. The approach trail to the start of the Appalachian Trail on Springer Mountain is also located in the park.

The Dawson Forest Wildlife Management Area is maintained in Dawson County and provides more than 23,000 acres of hunting, hiking, bird watching, camping and fishing opportunities. The state purchased 2,031 acres along Wildcat Creek at the northwestern end of the wildlife area in 1993 as part of the Preservation 2000 program.

Lake Sidney Lanier forms Dawson County’s southeastern border, providing recreational and economic opportunities for local residents. The completion of Lake Lanier and development of Georgia Highway 400 has spurred growth and development in the county during the past 30 years.

Dawson County hosts several annual events including a Spring Wildflowers Celebration at Amicalola Falls State Park in April, the Summer’s End Trading Days in August, and a Fall Forest Festival in October. For three Saturdays in October, the Dawsonville town square comes alive with arts and crafts displays, clogging, and other entertainment during the Dawson County Fall Festival.

Dawson County is one of 159 counties in Georgia. It has 211.0 sq. miles in land area and a population density of 106.9 per square mile. In the last three decades of the 1900s its population grew by 339.7%. On the 2000 census form, 99.0% of the population reported only one race, with 0.4% of these reporting African-American. The population of this county is 1.6% Hispanic (of any race). The average household size is 2.62 persons compared to an average family size of 2.98 persons.

In 2008 retail trade was the largest of 20 major sectors. It had an average wage per job of $20,451. Per capita income grew by 2.5% between 1998 and 2008 (adjusted for inflation).

People & Income Overview
(By Place of Residence)
Value Industry Overview (2008)
(By Place of Work)
Population (2009) 22,555 Covered Employment 7,659
Growth (%) since 1990 139.2% Average wage per job $26,642
Households (2000) 6,069 Manufacturing – % all jobs in County 7.3%
Labor Force (persons) (2009) 11,133 Average wage per job $45,179
Unemployment Rate (2009) 9.6 Transportation & Warehousing – % all jobs in County 1.0%
Per Capita Personal Income (2008) $33,241 Average wage per job $36,846
Median Household Income (2008) $57,769 Health Care, Social Assist. – % all jobs in County D
Poverty Rate (2008) 10.7 Average wage per job D
H.S. Diploma or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 79.5 Finance and Insurance – % all jobs in County 2.4%
Bachelor’s Deg. or More – % of Adults 25+ (2000) 18.1 Average wage per job $54,533

Address: 1860 Dawson Forest Rd E, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 216-3300
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: 461
Grades: PK-5

Address: 516 Allen St, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 265-1244
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: N/A
Grades: 0

3. DAWSON County
Enrollment: HIGH SCHOOL
Address: P.O. Box 129, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 265-6555
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: 996
Grades: 9-12

Address: 1063 Kilough Church Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 216-8595
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: 515
Grades: PK-5

5. NEW DAWSON County
Address: 332 Highway 9 N, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 265-3246
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: 445
Grades: 6-8

Address: 5126 Highway 9 S, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 216-4849
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: 332
Grades: 6-8

Address: 1150 Perimeter Rd, Dawsonville, GA 30534
Phone: (706) 265-6544
County: Dawson County
Enrollment: 721
Grades: PK-5