Small Town Charm & City Life
Small Town Living and Nearby Big City Amenities


From the mountains to the lake, the charm of the county is in the exceedingly beautiful surroundings complimented by friendly and helpful residents with small town values and progressive awareness. Property taxes in Dawson County are about 50 percent lower than those in neighboring counties and the public school system is excellent, with a number of schools winning awards of merit. Housing choices range from in town or rural living and from historic homes and modest homes to a considerable market of upscale modern condominiums and townhouses along with residential communities of luxury homes in Dawsonville and on Lake Lanier just five miles away.

Although included in the Atlanta MSA, according to the 2010 Census, the city of Dawsonville has a population of 2536 residents and, in 2011, the Dawson county population estimate was 22,459. However, including the surrounding counties of Cherokee, Fanin, Forsyth, Gilmer, Hall, Lumpkin, and Pickens, the labor force swells to 352K plus add that of nearby North Atlanta. When considering the radius population, there are 224,540 people within 15 miles, 1,203,636 within 30 miles and 5,006,598 within 50 miles.

Dawson County is home to annual festivals and events such as the Spring Wildflowers Celebration at Amicalola Falls State Park, the Summer’s End Trading Days, a Fall Forest Festival and, for three Saturdays in October, the Dawsonville town square hosts arts and crafts, clogging, and more at the Dawson County Fall Festival. The unique Mountain Moonshine Festival, hosted by Dawsonville and NASCAR Bill Elliott’s local Georgia Racing Museum Hall of Fame, celebrates the running of moonshine in Georgia that developed into NASCAR racing.

Local activities span golfing at Dawsonville’s Chestatee course to secluded mountain hiking or exciting white watering and exceptional Premium Outlet shopping. Seasonal activities include fun at Burt’s Pumpkin Farm or Uncle Shuck’s Corn Maze and the incredible summer or winter diversions at Lake Lanier, plus Atlanta’s professional sports. Combine the Atlanta amenities of major touring performance concerts and theater, museums, the zoo, international airport, fine dining and the possibilities are endless.

With modern amenities such as the highest broadband access anywhere in the world and the excitement and services of the Atlanta lifestyle as close as 30 minutes, Dawson County life in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains is easy going, friendly, free of traffic and smog. Did you know that on a clear day, the skyline of Atlanta can be seen from several vantages in Dawson County?

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