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Dawson, Pennsylvania - Basic Facts

The Borough of Dawson had a population of 359 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Dawson is located at latitude 40.0472 and longitude -79.6569 in Fayette County. 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. Fayette County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 853 feet.

The Borough of Dawson (GNIS ID: 1215225) has a C5 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that is independent of any county subdivision and serves as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dawson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Dawson, PA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 359
Daytime Population: Workers 21
Daytime Population: Residents 234
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 255
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.71
Population in Households 359
Population in Familes 292
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 2,224
Diversity Index3 12


Median Household Income $38,772
Average Household Income $47,438
Per Capita Income $19,494


Total Housing Units 179 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 107 (59.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 39 (21.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 33 (18.4%)
Median Home Value $79,891
Average Home Value $86,682


Total Households 146
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 99
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.3% -0.34%
Households -0.28% -0.28%
Families -0.41% -0.2%
Median Household Income   1.4%
Per Capita Income   2.81%

Dawson, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dawson to the other 1,762 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Pennsylvania by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 1453 17th
Population Density # 622 65th
Diversity Index # 915 48th
Median Household Income # 1505 15th
Per Capita Income # 1644 7th

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