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Overview

Introduction to Dothan, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama, in Houston county, is 184 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia.

Dothan History

The area now known as the city of Dothan was originally inhabited by the Creek and Alabama Native Americans. At that time, it was known as Poplar Head. It was first settled by the whites in the 1830s. The area's first post office was established in 1885. In the same year it was renamed Dothan because there was another post office called Poplar Head in northern Alabama. The city was incorporated on November 11, 1885.

Dothan and nearby Attractions

  • Adventureland Theme Park
  • Alabama Agricultural Museum
  • Dothan Area Botanical Gardens
  • George Washington Carver Interpretive Center
  • Water World
  • Wiregrass Museum of Art

Things To Do In Dothan

While in Dothan, you can spend your leisure time at Solomon Park, Baumans Pond Park, Kelly Springs Recreation Area, Fairview Park, Landmark Park, and Murphys Mill Historical Site. The GW Carver Interpretive Museum and Wiregrass Museum of Art are also worth visiting. The Woodland Shopping Center, Parkway Plaza Shopping Center, Porter Square Mall Shopping Center, Northside Mall Shopping Center, Bel Aire Shopping Center, Parkway Plaza Shopping Center, and Wiregrass Mall Shopping Center are some of the local shopping centers.

Dothan Transportation

Dothan Regional Airport is nearby.

Dothan Higher Education

George C Wallace State Community College-Dothan, Bethany Bible College, and Troy State University Dothan are located in the city.

People

Total Population 67,708
Male Share of the Population 47.5%
Female Share of the Population 52.5%
Senior Citizens 15.6%
Employed Population 16+ 28,699
Age of the Population 38

Families

% of people married 44.8%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.7%
Median Earnings25+ $31,198
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,415
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,176

Wealth

Median Family Income $54,268
% Above Poverty Level 80.9%
% Below Poverty Level 19.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 30.5%
Median Gross Rent $691
Median House Value $139,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45.1%
US/American 0%
English 9.8%
Irish 8.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dothan Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 184 miles S of Atlanta, Georgia
County Houston
Metro Area Dothan
Standard Zip Codes 36301, 36303, 36305
P.O. Box Zip Codes 36302, 36304
Phone Area Codes 334
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 31.223
Longitude -85.39

Dothan Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station HEADLAND
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 36 to 59 F
Apr Temp 52 to 79 F
Jul Temp 69 to 93 F
Oct Temp 52 to 79 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches
Station BLAKELY
Distance 27.9 miles
Jan Temp 37 to 60 F
Apr Temp 52 to 79 F
Jul Temp 70 to 92 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 54.5 inches
Station CHIPLEY 3 E
Distance 30.9 miles
Jan Temp 38 to 61 F
Apr Temp 52 to 78 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 54 to 80 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Dothan, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Hodgesville (36301)

Kelly Springs (36301)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cowarts 2,071 $47,292
Grimes 570 $32,083
Kinsey 2,275 $45,759
Rehobeth 1,602 $55,188
Taylor 2,880 $45,000
Webb 1,287 $47,969

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dothan Public Libraries

Library
Houston-love Memorial Library
212 WEST BURDESHAW STREET
Dothan, Alabama
(334) 793-9767

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Dothan Hospitals

SOUTHEAST ALABAMA MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1108 ROSS CLARK CIRCLE
(334) 793-8188
Emergency Service: Yes

FLOWERS HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
4370 WEST MAIN STREET
(334) 794-5000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dothan High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

DOTHAN HIGH SCHOOL
1236 S OATES ST
334-794-1400
Serves 1,448 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.6

NORTHVIEW HIGH SCHOOL
3209 REEVES ST
334-794-1410
Serves 1,120 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.8

REHOBETH HIGH SCHOOL
373 MALVERN ROAD
334-677-7002
Serves 615 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.8

P.A.S.S. ACADEMY
201 E WILSON STREET
334-794-1479
A Non-traditional School

HOUSTON COUNTY ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL
315 N FOSTER ST
334-671-9295
A Non-traditional School

DOTHAN TECHNOLOGY CENTER
3165 REEVES ST
334-794-1436
A Vocational School

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