Dothan, AL Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Dothan, Alabama - Basic Facts

The City of Dothan had a population of 68,100 as of July 1, 2016. Dothan ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Dothan is located at latitude 31.2337 and longitude -85.4068 in Houston County. The formal boundaries for the City of Dothan (see map below) encompass a land area of 89.42 sq. miles and a water area of 0.34 sq. miles. Houston County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 322 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Dothan are located in Houston County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Dale County.

The City of Dothan (GNIS ID: 2404238) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Dothan is located within Dothan Division of Houston County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Dothan population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Dothan: Cawthons Cowpen, Dothen, Poplar Head.

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Dothan, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 68,100
Population in Households 66,738
Population in Familes 53,986
Population in Group Qrtrs 1,362
Population Density1 762
Diversity Index2 55


Total Households 27,886
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 18,260
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 30,623 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16,222 (53.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 11,663 (38.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,737 ( 8.9%)
Median Home Value $143,412
Average Home Value $182,534


Median Household Income $40,741
Average Household Income $60,650
Per Capita Income $25,202
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.55% 0.55%
Households 0.53% 0.54%
Families 0.31% 0.45%
Median Household Income   1.6%
Per Capita Income   1.85%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Dothan, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Dothan to the other 580 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 7 99th
Population Density1 # 73 88th
Diversity Index2 # 69 88th
Median Household Income # 209 64th
Per Capita Income # 82 86th

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