More census results show rising incomes, rents and homeownership
Recently updated statistics from the US Census Bureau for Dawsonville and Dawson County confirm trends that are also present across the country.
The federal government’s largest statistical agency released the results of the American Community Survey for the years 2016-2020 on March 17, 2022. This was in addition to partially released statistics for the decennial census.
Results for Dawsonville City and Dawson County are available in their geographic profiles at www.census.gov.
Income and housing
The median income is $72,260 for those in Dawson County and $63,598 in the city, up about $20,000 and $30,000 respectively. At the county level, families earn $86,206, while non-family households earn $41,240. Families of married couples earn $102,404.
In Dawsonville, families earn $75,417 and non-family households earn $47,026. Spouses specifically earn $88,636.
Of those surveyed, 9.5% live in poverty in the county and 5.3% are in Dawsonville. In both cases, the poverty rate has decreased in recent years.
The median gross rent costs county residents $1,039, an increase of $211 from 2010. Those renting in Dawsonville pay $839, an increase of $142.
The homeownership rate increased in the county by 2.6%, now at 81.5%, and the residential vacancy rate decreased by 0.2%.
As for Dawsonville, 9.8% more people now own a home at 66.3%, and the vacancy rate has dropped by 9.4%.
Dawsonville is home to more people with high school or equivalent, some college and associate degrees at 67.5% compared to 54.7% for the county.
In the county, more people have bachelor’s degrees and graduate or other professional degrees at 33.6% compared to 24.5% for the city.
Slightly more than three-quarters, or 76.7%, of Dawson County’s educated population is in K-12. The proportion of children in kindergarten to grade 12 has increased by about 3% since 2010.
At the March meeting of the Dawson County Development Authority, ex-officio member and superintendent of the Dawson County School District, Dr. Damon Gibbs, cautioned against stories that schools are at full capacity or overcapacity.
In an email response to DCN, he explained that schools in Dawson County have about “30% remaining capacity” before the school district reaches its capacity of 6,100 students.
The five major industries in the county are:
Education, health care and social services: 22.5%
Professional, scientific, management, administrative and waste management services: 13.6%
A large majority of county residents, just over 80%, work for private companies. Six percent fewer people worked for their own unincorporated business at 4.2 percent. Additionally, 15.3% of county residents work for local, state, or federal governments. That’s an increase of 546 people or 1.9 percent.
For city and county residents, more than half of those surveyed have to travel 30 minutes or more to get to work, with about four-fifths commuting to work alone.
Unsurprisingly, the number of people working from home has increased for both municipalities. The percentage of people working from home in the county increased by about 300 people, while the city’s amount jumped 6.6%, or about 100 people.