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Dawson, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of Dawson is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Fayette County at latitude 40.0472 and longitude -79.6569. Fayette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 853 feet.

The formal official name is the Borough of Dawson, but most people and references simply refer to it as Dawson, Pennsylvania.

The P1 Census Class Code for Dawson indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the Borough of Dawson (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.16 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles.

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Dawson, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 365
Population in Households 365
Population in Familes 298
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 2,262
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 149
Average Household Size 2.45
Family Households 102
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 179 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 110 (61.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 39 (21.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 30 (16.8%)
Median Home Value $76,923
Average Home Value $91,136


Median Household Income $37,219
Average Household Income $42,580
Per Capita Income $17,444
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.13% -0.22%
Households 0.0% 0.0%
Families 0.0% -0.2%
Median Household Income   1.82%
Per Capita Income   1.9%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.


Dawson, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dawson to the other 1,764 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 1454 18th
Population Density1 # 612 65th
Diversity Index2 # 927 47th
Median Household Income # 1501 15th
Per Capita Income # 1651 6th

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