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Dawson is a borough in Fayette Countymarker, Pennsylvaniamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 451 at the 2000 census.


Dawson is located at (40.047892, -79.658659) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), of which, 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²) of it is land and 5.56% is water.

There are many distinct sub-divisions of Dawson. North Dawson is located on a hill to the direct north of Dawson. Hulltown Hill is set in the eastern edges of Dawson. "RD" Dawson is everything outside the borough, until the Linden Hall area and the town of Perryopolis. Some of the features of "RD" Dawson include the annual Grange Fair, Linden Hall, and numerous farms.


As of the census of 2000, there were 451 people, 183 households, and 120 families residing in the borough. The population density was 2,692.6 people per square mile (1,024.3/km²). There were 205 housing units at an average density of 1,223.9/sq mi (465.6/km²). The racial makeup of the borough is 99.78% White, 0.22% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.00% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 183 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.6% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.4% were non-families. 30.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.4% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,500, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $27,292 versus $25,000 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $12,753. About 14.2% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.7% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.


The Philip G. Cochran Memorial United Methodist Church, a gothic-style structure listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Dawson.


Dawson Borough is served by the Connellsville Area School District.


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