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A+ Dothan Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Dothan Cost of Living Cost of living is 1% lower than Alabama
8812% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Dothan cost of living
F Dothan Crime Total crime is 38% higher than Alabama
Total crime
4,81575% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2175% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
36%Year over year crime is up
Dothan crime
D Dothan Employment Household income is 5% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$42,56923% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$25,78514% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%8% higher than the US average
Dothan employment
F Dothan Housing Home value is 10% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$141,00024% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$70226% lower than the US average
Home ownership
59%7% lower than the US average
Dothan real estate or Dothan rentals
F Dothan Schools HS graduation rate is 3% higher than Alabama
High school grad. rates
81%2% lower than the US average
School test scores
40%19% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:19% higher than the US average
Dothan K-12 schools or Dothan colleges

Living in Dothan, AL

Located in the state of Alabama, Dothan is a medium-sized city with a population of 68,066 residents. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Dothan is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 19 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

Whether you’re relocating to a new town to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Dothan could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Alabama if you know where to search. The best areas in Dothan and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from amenities, crime, weather, education, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Alabama and national averages.

With a livability score of 71 out of 100, Dothan is ranked #9,224 in the United States and #82 in Alabama. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Dothan scores well for amenities (A+), cost of living (B+) and weather (B+). The bad news for Dothan, there are some categories for which it does not score well, this includes: education (F), employment (D) and housing (F).

Based on the proximity of local amenities like grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, librairies, etc., Dothan has received a higher than average score for its local amenities. If you’re planning on relocating and making this area your permanent home, it’s nice to know that there is an ample amount of amenities and things to do within walking distance or a short drive. Some of the notable things to do include: Adventureland, Water World, and Country Crossing.

Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Dothan. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Dothan are affordable. The median home price for Dothan homes is $141,000, which is 9.7% higher than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Dothan, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3.3, which is 13.8% higher than the Alabama average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Dothan area were 4.1% and 5 year appreciation rates were 1.1%.

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We're Nuts About Dothan, Alabama

Every year my husband and I stop in Dothan, Alabama on our way to Florida. The Southern Charm of this city is what makes it a priority stop on our trip every August. This city is the dubbed the Peanut Capitol and if you like the famous nuts, the varieties available are heavenly. When in Dothan be sure to go see the famous flood walls. They are breathtaking to view these gigantic sized works of art that really make the past come to life.

If you are not a small town person this city might not be happening enough for you. It has a rustic old world feel and the people are not going anywhere fast. Perhaps the laid back atmosphere is what draws us back time and time again.

While there are several hotels to choose from, time and time again we end up staying in the Courtyard by Marriot. We usually stay there because of the Star Bucks Coffee that is inside this hotel and the beautiful décor along with spotless rooms. If your ever in the Northern Alabama area, and are looking for some old southern hospitality and of course some peanuts you should check this city out.
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Source: The Dothan, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).
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