The boundaries of Dawson include West Oltorf Street, South 1st Street and South Congress Avenue, and Ben White Boulevard. The area comprises 0.6 square miles total, with a population of 3,513 and a density of 6,142 people per square mile. The population density is considered very high particularly when compared to the average Austin density of 2,610 people per square mile.
Attractions in Dawson include the Austin Playhouse, the Join the World Adult Kickball Association and the Under Pressure Hands-On Screen Shop where visitors can silk screen their own t-shirts by hand. Dining includes El Borrego de Oro, Habanero Mexican Cafe, the Garden District Coffee House and the Summermoon Cafe. Schools in Dawson include Dawson Elementary, Fulmore Middle and Travis High, all part of the Austin Independent School District. AISD has a large, diverse student body. 124 schools educate 86,000 students. 62% of the schools in the district received Exemplary or Recognized ratings, and 99% passed the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Languages taught include American Sign Language, Chinese, Spanish, and Japanese.
The residential real estate in Dawson was largely constructed from the 1950s through the 1970s. The average home in Dawson has 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, 1,200 square feet and is priced around $200 per square foot at an average total of $250,000. A total of 25 homes sold in Dawson throughout 2011, ranging in price from over $500,000 to under $150,000.