Doraville, Georgia

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Doraville, Georgia
Doraville City Hall
Doraville City Hall
"Diversity, Vitality, Community"[1]
Location in DeKalb County and the U.S. state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the U.S. state of Georgia
Doraville is located in Metro Atlanta
Doraville location in Metro Atlanta
Coordinates: 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389Coordinates: 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Land3.6 sq mi (9.3 km2)
 • Water0 sq mi (0 km2)
1,073 ft (327 m)
 • Total8,330
 • Estimate 
 • Density2,326/sq mi (898.0/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
30340, 30360, 30362
Area code(s)770
FIPS code13-23536 [3]
GNIS feature ID0325924 [4]

Doraville is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The municipality is northeast of Atlanta; as of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 8,330.[5]


Doraville was incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, approved December 15, 1871.[6] From its development until the 1940s, Doraville was a small agricultural community that served the interests of a larger surrounding farming area.

At the end of World War II, Doraville was on a main railroad line, and had a new water system available. General Motors selected Doraville as the site for its new assembly plant; the growth of Doraville exploded in the late 1940s and the 1950s as a result. In the late 1940s, plans for Guilford Village, the first subdivision, were announced by Southern Builders and Engineering Company; the 112-home subdivision at Tilly Mill and Flowers Roads was to cover some 58 acres.

In 1950, Doraville's population was 472. By 1964, its population was 6,160 and its land area was 1,722 acres. Part of the population growth during that period was because of the annexation of Northwoods in 1949 and Oakcliff in 1958.

By the 1980s, Doraville and neighboring Chamblee attracted immigrants relocating to the Atlanta area who settled along Buford Highway; the result is one of the largest Asian communities in the country. Many Latin American countries are also represented. 56% of residents speak a language other than English as a first language.

The Doraville MARTA Station was built in 1992, destroying the few buildings that remained of Doraville's downtown.

The GM Doraville Assembly Plant closed in 2009.


Doraville is located at 33°54′19″N 84°16′26″W / 33.90528°N 84.27389°W / 33.90528; -84.27389 (33.905302, -84.273870).[7] Doraville is east of Chamblee, south of Dunwoody, west of Norcross, and north of Tucker.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.3 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.11%, is water.[5] Crooked Creek, a tributary of the Chattahoochee River, runs through Doraville.

While the city of Doraville is located in DeKalb County, some areas in Gwinnett County use a Doraville postal address.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201610,501[2]26.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 9,862 people, 2,998 households, and 1,981 families residing in the city; the population density was 2,747.0 people per square mile (1,060.7/km²). There were 3,102 housing units at an average density of 864.1 per square mile (333.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 46.35% White, 14.77% African American, 1.28% Native American, 12.67% Asian, 0.16% Pacific Islander, 20.62% from other races, and 4.14% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 43.44% of the population.

Ethnic market on Buford Highway

There were 2,998 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 21.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.24 and the average family size was 3.62.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 14.9% from 18 to 24, 38.7% from 25 to 44, 16.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 127.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 134.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $40,641, and the median income for a family was $41,903. Males had a median income of $23,681 versus $22,165 for females; the per capita income for the city was $15,048. About 9.6% of families and 15.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.8% of those under age 18 and 9.3% of those age 65 or over.


Since the closure of the GM Assembly Plant, Doraville's economy has diversified from a single industry to a mix of small, medium and large businesses. Many quality restaurants can be found along Buford Highway and Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Doraville is one of the few cities in America where McDonald's has actually closed a restaurant.


Doraville has a Mayor & Council/City Manager form of government. There are seven elected officials in Doraville; the Office of the Mayor and the six council members have full time responsibility to the residents and businesses within the community. Doraville is organized into three districts; each district has two council members that are elected to serve four terms.


As a Welcoming City, Doraville is a reflection of modern day America with people from a variety of ethnicities, religions, nations and values, it is conveniently located in the northeast Metro Atlanta region with quick access to employment and shopping centers. Housing types range from mid-century modern, American traditional and craftsman revival, it is home to the largest viable redevelopment site within the southeastern United States and has attracted corporate offices such as The Big Green Egg and SSB. Doraville is also a vibrant place for locally owned and operated small businesses. While the city's politics can be rough and tumble, the people are friendly.


Doraville has three distinct neighborhoods that all have a variety of post World War 2 styles. Northwoods has the bungalow, mid-century, and split-level styles. Oakcliff has primarily 1960's ranch style and split-level architecture; the oldest neighborhood is Tilly Mill and bungalow and ranch styles are prevalent, but infill housing is taking root. Many businesses are located along the Buford Highway corridor where the auto oriented development model was perfected; large retail shopping centers with acres of asphalt parking in front of single-story cement-block structures.


Primary and secondary schools[edit]

DeKalb County School System serves Doraville.[9]

The following elementary schools serve sections of Doraville:[10]

  • Cary Reynolds Elementary School[11] (Doraville)
  • Chesnut Elementary School (Dunwoody)
  • Hightower Elementary School[12] (Doraville)
  • Huntley Hills Elementary School (Chamblee)

The following middle schools serve sections of Doraville:[13]

The following high schools serve sections of Doraville:[14]

The private Jewish school Yeshiva Atlanta had its campus in Doraville.[16][17] In 2014 it merged into Atlanta Jewish Academy,[18] with the Doraville campus hosting the secondary students. 2017 the Doraville campus closed, with all classes consolidated in Sandy Springs.[19]

Seigakuin Atlanta International School in Peachtree Corners was in proximity to Doraville,[20] it closed in 2018.[21]

Public libraries[edit]

DeKalb County Public Library operates the Doraville Branch.[22]


Major roads and expressways[edit]

Mass transit[edit]

For mass transit, the city is served by the Doraville MARTA station.

Pedestrians and cycling[edit]

Doraville has few sidewalks and no designated bike lanes.


The Doraville Parks and Recreation Department Manages a variety of facilities, including Honeysuckle Park, Fleming Arena, the Paul Murphy Boxing Club, Autumn Park, Brook Park, Chicopee Park, English Oak Park, Flowers Park and Bernard Halpern Park.[23]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "The City of Doraville Georgia Website". The City of Doraville Georgia Website. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Doraville city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved October 21, 2015.
  6. ^ Krakow, Kenneth K. (1975). Georgia Place-Names: Their History and Origins (PDF). Macon, GA: Winship Press. p. 63. ISBN 0-915430-00-2.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Doraville. September 6, 2016. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  10. ^ "Elementary School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  11. ^ "Cary Reynolds Elementary School".
  12. ^ "Hightower Elementary School".
  13. ^ "Middle School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  14. ^ "High School Attendance Areas 2016 - 2017 School Year." DeKalb County School System. Retrieved on June 1, 2017.
  15. ^ "Cross Keys High School".
  16. ^ Home. Yeshiva Atlanta. Retrieved on January 7, 2019. "3130 Raymond Drive, Atlanta GA 30340"
  17. ^ "Official Zoning Map." City of Doraville. Adopted September 6, 2016. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  18. ^ "Our History." Atlanta Jewish Academy. Retrieved on January 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Cohen, David R. (2017-11-30). "AJA Celebrates New Building". Atlanta Jewish Times. Retrieved 2019-01-07. Atlanta Jewish Academy celebrated the opening of the $9 million, 19,000-square-foot addition to its Northland Drive campus in Sandy Springs[...]It’s the first year that the entire school, from early childhood through 12th grade, has been on one campus - If it is now on one campus, it means the Doraville campus closed.
  20. ^ "Relocating school has Japan ties." Atlanta Journal-Constitution. September 29, 2002. JJ1. Retrieved on January 11, 2012. "The Seigakuin Atlanta International School, an intimate institution housed at Oglethorpe University, is planting roots at 5505 Winters Chapel Road near Doraville."
  21. ^ "Announcement of closure of Seigakuin Atlanta International School" (PDF). Seigakuin Atlanta International School. 2017-10-11. Retrieved 2019-01-10.
  22. ^ "Library Locations & Hours[permanent dead link]." DeKalb County Public Library. Retrieved on February 24, 2010.
  23. ^ "Doraville Neighborhood Parks" (PDF).
  24. ^ "The Atlanta Rhythm Section - History".
  25. ^ "The Atlanta Rhythm Section - "Third Annual Pipe Dream"".

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