Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population4,222
Male Share of the Population45.5%
Female Share of the Population54.5%
Senior Citizens13.5%
Employed Population 16+1,450
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married30.8%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher5.7%
Median Earnings25+$23,154
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$13,092
Median Earnings With High School Degree$14,412

Wealth

Median Family Income$28,884
% Above Poverty Level58.5%
% Below Poverty Level41.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time28 minutes
% Working from Home3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone24.7%
Median Gross Rent$654
Median House Value$112,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)75.7%
English3.3%
German0.9%
Irish0.9%
Norwegian0.5%
Scottish0.4%
French Except Basque0.4%
Ukrainian0.2%
Swedish0.2%
Russian0.2%
Polish0.2%
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Dawson Almanac

CategoryValue
CountyTerrell County
Standard Zip Codes39842
Phone Area Codes229
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude31.76
Approximate Longitude-84.44

Dawson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationPLAINS SW GA EXP STN
Distance19.7 miles
Jan Temp33 to 57 F
Apr Temp50 to 76 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp50 to 78 F
Annual Precip49.3 inches
StationCUTHBERT
Distance19.8 miles
Jan Temp38 to 60 F
Apr Temp52 to 79 F
Jul Temp71 to 92 F
Oct Temp54 to 79 F
Annual Precip52.3 inches
StationAMERICUS 3 SW
Distance21.4 miles
Jan Temp34 to 57 F
Apr Temp49 to 77 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp52 to 78 F
Annual Precip49 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Bronwood271$35,000
Morgan2,055$27,115
Parrott139$48,750
Sasser338$39,750
Shellman1,147$41,346
Smithville683$32,109

Dawson Public Libraries

Kinchafoonee Regional Library System
913 FORRESTER DRIVE, SE
Dawson, Georgia
(229) 995-6331

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Dawson Public Schools

Carver Elementary School
455 Greenwave Blvd.
ZIP: 39842
(229) 995-5451
Primary
Total Enrollment 333
Cooper Primary School
455 Greenwave Blvd
ZIP: 39842
(229) 995-2843
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Terrell High School
201 Greenwave Blvd
ZIP: 39842
(229) 995-2544
High
Total Enrollment 406
Terrell Middle School
201 Greenwave Blvd
ZIP: 39842
(229) 995-2828
Middle
Total Enrollment 321

Dawson Private Schools

Terrell Academy
602 Academy Dr
ZIP: 39842
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 262
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