Dothan is located in the southeastern corner of Alabama, situated approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of the Georgia state line and 18 miles (29 km) north of Florida. It is the seat of Houston County, with portions extending into nearby Dale County and Henry County. Its name derives from Genesis 37:17: “let us go to Dothan.” According to the 2010 census the city’s population was 65,496, making it the largest town in this part of the state.
The median household income was $35,000, and the median family income was $45,025. Males had a median income of $34,475 versus $22,572 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,539. About 12.7% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.2% of those under age 18 and 15.0% of those age 65 or over.
Approximately 79% of residents completed high school, while 23% went on to complete college. 8% of the population has a graduate or professional degree; 6% are unemployed. Average commute-to-work time is 18 minutes.