Monday, February 18, 2008

Retirement in Dothan, Alabama

Dothan, Alabama is a rapidly growing city and thriving community built around the landmarks of its past. Although it is the center for recreation, business, industry, agriculture, healthcare and retail trade in the area, Dothan offers the charm and friendliness of the deep South. Proclaimed "Peanut Capital of the World," Dothan has become a melting pot for its friendly atmosphere of Southern Hospitality.

Climate: Dothan has a humid subtropical climate. It experiences hot, humid summers and generally mild winters, with average high temperatures ranging from 93.0 °F (33.9 °C) in the summer to 59.0 °F (15 °C) high during winter

Population: As of the census estimate of 2005, there were 62,145 people.

Cost of Living: The people of Dothan enjoy one of the lowest costs of living in the country. Dothan was rated #1 by US News and World Report in 2006 as the cheapest city to live in, due to low local taxes.

Health Care: Dothan's healthcare system is among the highest rated and most affordable in the country, due to its being the home of two hospitals: Southeast Alabama Medical Center and Flowers Hospital.

Transportation: Dothan has been served by regional airlines through Dothan Regional Airport and is 25 minutes away from a connecting flight to almost anywhere in the world via six daily flights to the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

Housing Costs: Estimated median house/condo value in 2005: $100,700 (it was $86,800 in 2000)

Located a few short miles from the state lines of Florida and Georgia, Dothan is one of the region's most progressive cities.

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