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Dawson County, Georgia
Map of Georgia highlighting Dawson County
Location in the state of Georgia
Map of USA GA
Georgia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1857
Seat Dawsonville
Largest city Dawsonville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

214 sq mi (554 km²)
211 sq mi (547 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 1.36%
 - (2006)
 - Density

76/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Dawson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was created on December 3, 1857. As of 2000, the population is 15,999. The 2006 Census Estimate shows a population of 20,643 [1]. The county seat is Dawsonville6.

It is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Marietta Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Dawson County is named for William Crosby Dawson, a U.S. Senator from Georgia.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the has a total area of 554 km² (214 sq mi). 547 km² (211 sq mi) of it is land and 8 km² (3 sq mi) of it (1.36%) is water.

Part of Lake Lanier is in the southeastern part of the county and the boundary line with neighboring counties passes through the lake. The 729-foot (222-meter) Amicalola Falls, are located in the county. The Amicalola Falls are the highest in Georgia, the tallest cascading waterfall east of the Mississippi River and are one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Georgia. The highest point in the county is Black Mountain, with an elevation of 3,600 feet. 6,760 acres in the county are located in the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Chestatee and Etowah rivers flow through Dawson County.

Major HighwaysEdit

Adjacent Counties Edit


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 15,999 people, 6,069 households, and 4,685 families residing in the county. The population density was 29/km² (76/sq mi). There were 7,163 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.22% White, 0.36% Black or African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.74% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 1.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,069 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.70% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.80% were non-families. 18.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.62 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.10% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 32.50% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 9.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 100.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,486, and the median income for a family was $52,320. Males had a median income of $37,083 versus $25,851 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,520. About 5.80% of families and 7.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.90% of those under age 18 and 8.60% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns Edit

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°26′N 84°10′W / 34.44, -84.17

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