Dawson, Texas

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Dawson, Texas
Location of Dawson, Texas
Location of Dawson, Texas
Navarro County Dawson.svg
Coordinates: 31°53′44″N 96°42′55″W / 31.89556°N 96.71528°W / 31.89556; -96.71528Coordinates: 31°53′44″N 96°42′55″W / 31.89556°N 96.71528°W / 31.89556; -96.71528
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.80 sq mi (4.67 km2)
 • Land1.78 sq mi (4.62 km2)
 • Water0.02 sq mi (0.04 km2)
482 ft (147 m)
 • Total807
 • Estimate 
 • Density448.74/sq mi (173.24/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)254
FIPS code48-19420[3]
GNIS feature ID1334106[4]
Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)801[2]−0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

Dawson is a town in Navarro County, in the U.S. state of Texas. The population was 807 at the 2010 census.


The town was established in 1847[6] and was the second town established in the county.[7]


Dawson is located at 31°53′44″N 96°42′55″W / 31.89556°N 96.71528°W / 31.89556; -96.71528 (31.895427, -96.715345).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) are land and 0.56% is covered by water.


As of the census[3] of 2000, 852 people, 361 households, and 229 families were residing in the town. The population density was 480.8 people per square mile (185.9/km2). The 408 housing units averaged 230.2 per square mile (89.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 80.99% White, 15.14% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 1.64% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 6.34% of the population.

Of the 361 households, 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.8% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.3% were not families. About 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36, and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town, the population was distributed as 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,658, and for a family was $40,441. Males had a median income of $30,250 versus $20,417 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,190. About 13.2% of families and 20.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.8% of those under age 18 and 27.1% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Dawson is served by the Dawson Independent School District.

Braniff Flight 352[edit]

Braniff Flight 352 was a scheduled domestic flight from William P. Hobby Airport in Houston, Texas, to Love Field in Dallas. On May 3, 1968, a Lockheed L-188A Electra flying on the route, registration N9707C, broke up in midair and crashed near Dawson, Texas, after flying into a severe thunderstorm. It was carrying a crew of five and 80 passengers. No one survived. Investigation revealed that the accident was caused by the captain's decision to penetrate an area of heavy weather followed by a structural overstress and failure of the airframe while attempting recovery from loss of control during a steep 180° turn executed in an attempt to escape the weather.

Notable people[edit]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification, Dawson has a humid subtropical climate,Cfa on climate maps.[9]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "Dawson, Texas". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 2012-02-06.
  7. ^ A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1893. p. 172. Retrieved 28 September 2014.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Dawson, Texas