Doraville is a city in DeKalb County, Georgia. The municipality is northeast of Atlanta. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 8,330.
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, of which 0.004 square miles, or 0.11%, is water. Crooked Creek goes through Doraville. Crooked Creek is a tributary of the Chattahoochee River.
Doraville was incorporated by an act of the Georgia General Assembly, approved December 15, 1871. 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, the city’s population was 6,160 and 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, and the economy has stalled plans to turn the site into a mixed-use town center. Nonetheless, Doraville is becoming an attractive destination because of its close proximity to Atlanta, its MARTA Station, and the promise of a new town center.
A brief introduction to the city can be found on the Doraville official city website…
The City of Doraville prides itself on its ability to accommodate a growing, diverse population in Metropolitan Atlanta while maintaining its small-town charm and sense of community. While tremendous growth in the area has presented challenges, City leadership and services have consistently met the changing demands.
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