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Dothan, Alabama

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Welcome to Dothan ...

The pronunciation of Dothan: doe-thin<1>

The city of Dothan is primarily located in Houston County and is the County Seat for Houston County. A portion of Dothan extends into Dale County and Henry County.

When the people of Dothan refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Dothanite<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Dothan has a population of 68,468 people<3> (see below for details).

Dothan is 330 feet [101 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Dothan lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel east from Dothan (for example, toward Colquitt (GA)), you will leave Central Time and cross into the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT).

The area code for Dothan: (334)

The ZIP codes for Dothan: 36301-36305<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Dothan had a population of 65,496 people (which is 64.5% of the total population of Houston County). This makes Dothan the county's most populous community.

The population of Dothan represents 1.37% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 7th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 65,496 people, the population of Dothan increased 13.44% from the 2000 Census (that had a count of 57,737 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Dothan had an population of 68,468 people. This is an increase of 4.54% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.59% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Dothan.

Communities near Dothan ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you drove.<6>.

Community   2016
Ashford   [Map]   2,149   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
Cowarts   [Map]   1,994   E   6 miles [9.7 km]
Daleville   [Map]   5,101   W   18 miles [29 km]
Hartford   [Map]   2,638   SW   19 miles [30.6 km]
Headland   [Map]   4,741   N   8 miles [12.9 km]
Malvern   [Map]   1,437   SW   9 miles [14.5 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Dothan.

Communities Also Named Dothan ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 5 communities that are also named Dothan - they are located in North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Vermont and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Dothan.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Dothan. We make it easy to see an overhead view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Dothan. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Dothan. Our list includes 18 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Dothan:

Websites for Dothan ...

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Chamber of Commerce:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Dothan ...

Looking for more information about Dothan? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you get an overview with links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Dothan, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Dothan.

Search for Local Businesses ...

Google's 'Search-by-Location' has proven to be a useful tool by people who planned visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Dothan. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

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Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Dothan refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Dothan may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Dothan.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Dothan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Dothan). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Dothan or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Dothan includes: 36301, 36302, 36303, 36304 & 36305.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance from Dothan. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Dothan) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Dothan. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Dothan

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Dothan. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 31.2327, Longitude: -85.4061     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Dothan have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<7>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Dothan.