Introduction to Dawson, Georgia

Located in Terrell county, Dawson, Georgia, is 21 miles NW of Albany, Georgia (center to center) and 136 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia. The city has a population of 5,058 residents.

Dawson History

Dawson was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. It was officially incorporated as a city on December 22, 1857. The city was named after Senator William Crosby Dawson, who fought in the Creek War and also compiled the laws of the State of Georgia. Dawson is also the county seat of the Terrell county.

Dawson and nearby Attractions

  • Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum
  • Jimmy Carter National Historic Site
  • George T. Bagby State Park
  • Dawson Country Club
  • Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park
  • Albany Museum of Art

Things To Do In Dawson

The local museums include the Albany Civil Rights Movement Museum and Albany Museum of Art. The Dawson Country Club is the area's closest golf course. The Jimmy Carter National Historic Site houses replicas of the President's residence, school, boyhood farm, as well as the railroad depot that served as his campaign headquarters.

Dawson Transportation

Southwest Georgia Regional Airport is the nearest major airport.

Dawson Higher Education

The schools for higher education are Albany State University, Columbus State University, and Fort Valley State University.


Total Population 4,388
Male Share of the Population 41.9%
Female Share of the Population 58.1%
Senior Citizens 13.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,282
Age of the Population 30


% of people married 26.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 7.1%
Median Earnings25+ $22,870
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,330
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,190


Median Family Income $25,260
% Above Poverty Level 50.8%
% Below Poverty Level 49.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.3%
% Using Public Transportation 3.9%


People Living Alone 25.2%
Median Gross Rent $576
Median House Value $82,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 74.4%
US/American 0%
English 2.9%
Irish 3.4%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dawson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles NW of Albany, Georgia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 136 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Terrell
Standard Zip Codes 39842
Phone Area Codes 229
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.773
Longitude -84.446

Dawson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 19.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 57 F
Apr Temp 50 to 76 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 78 F
Annual Precip 49.3 inches
Distance 19.8 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 60 F
Apr Temp 52 to 79 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 79 F
Annual Precip 52.3 inches
Distance 21.4 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 57 F
Apr Temp 49 to 77 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 52 to 78 F
Annual Precip 49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bronwood 191 $33,125
Morgan 2,679 $34,167
Parrott 173 $50,625
Sasser 356 $35,000
Shellman 1,071 $42,083
Smithville 584 $60,833

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dawson Public Libraries

Kinchafoonee Regional Library System
Dawson, Georgia
(229) 995-6331

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Dawson High Schools

A Title I School.
Serves 830 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.4

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