After a delay caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, a portion of results from the census are now available online at www.data.census.gov.
Here are the biggest takeaways from how Dawsonville and Dawson County have changed in the last decade:
While construction across Dawson County shows the area is definitely growing, the city of Dawsonville is actually growing at a faster rate. The county grew by 4,468 people, or 20 percent, over the past decade, just as Dawsonville’s population notably increased by 1,184 people, or 46.69 percent, according to the 2020 U.S. Census results.
The census survey recorded a total of 26,798 people in Dawson County, 3,720 of whom reside in the city limits of Dawsonville. So, 13.88 percent of county residents live in the city, compared to 11.36 percent in 2010.
(This kind of data is critical when determining allotments for SPLOST and LOST and boundaries for congressional and state legislative districts, according to the U.S Census Bureau’s website.)
Out of the seven counties bordering Dawson, only one, Fannin, has a lower population, according to District 2 Commissioner Chris Gaines. Surrounding counties like Forsyth and Cherokee continue to grow at a faster rate, he said.
In terms of race and ethnicity, Dawson saw growth in Hispanic/Latino individuals, from 920 to 1,605 or a 1.87 percent increase.
The median income is $66,281 for those in Dawson County. Local families in general here earn $78,603, but married-couple families specifically make $89,006. Nonfamily households, on the other hand, earn $41,142 across the county.
Median gross rent costs residents across the county $918, an increase of $60. Those renting in Dawsonville pay, on average, $828, an increase of $57. At least 80 percent of individuals in either group are paying between $500 and $999 for rent on a monthly basis.
At the city level, 4.9 percent are experiencing poverty, while that number is higher for county individuals at 8.6 percent.
“We’re still considered one of the wealthiest counties in Georgia,” Commissioner Gaines added. “Even though we’re considered a wealthy population as a whole, a lot of that is driven by people who live by the lake and Big Canoe.”
Dawsonville hosts more people with educational levels of high school or the equivalent, some college and associate’s degrees at 66.5 percent versus the city’s 56.6 percent.
In the county, more people have bachelor’s and graduate or other professional degrees at 30.6 percent versus 23 percent.
The county’s top five industries are:
Educational/health care/social services: 20.1 percent;
Manufacturing: 12.9 percent;
Professional, scientific, management, admin and waste services: 12.8 percent;
Retail: 12.5 percent;
Arts and entertainment and food services: 9.2 percent;
The construction sector employs 8.1 percent, the transportation sector employs 5.4 percent and 72.5 percent of employees work at private companies.