The first thing you need to know about Dothan, Alabama, is that it's the Peanut Capital of the World. Not only does Dothan grow a quarter of all peanut crops in the country, but this city with over 65,000 residents is also home to the delightful Dothan Area Botanical Gardens and the Adventureland Theme Park.
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Housing Statistics Currently only 4% of home properties in Dothan are vacant. Of the remaining homes 55% are owned and 40% rented. A steady turnover rate of 19% means new houses are always coming on the market, and these may also be available as rent to own homes. 72% of homes in Dothan are detached, while apartment buildings make up 20% of homes. The median value of homes in Dothan is estimated at around $119,500, while the average rent is $420 a month.
Transportation and Commutes Dothan is well connected to the cities beyond its borders as three US highways pass through its city limits - 84 from east to west, 231 from north to south, and 431 from the north to its end point within Dothan. These good road links help explain the short commute times to work - the mean travel time is only 17 minutes, while for 1 in 5 residents traveling to work takes less than 10 minutes. Meanwhile, public transport is non-existent in the city, although the not-for-profit Wiregrass Transit Authority offers a dial-a-ride program.
Local Sports The locals love their golf, so much so that an annual junior golf tournament has taken place here since 1950 at the Dothan Country Club. Meanwhile Dothan National Golf Course and Highland Oaks Golf Course also serve the city's putters. While there are no college or professional sports teams, there's plenty of support for the local high school's football team, the Houston Academy Raiders. Basketball fans will want to check out the annual Downtown Dothan Hoops Classic tournament, which pits local school teams against each other at the Dothan Civic Center.
Arts and Culture Dothan has several theaters, including the Featured Plays Theater and the Southeast Alabama Community Theater, which offers year-round amateur dramatics delivered by the community's local thespians. Meanwhile, there are many signs that Dothan takes its tag as Peanut Capital of the World seriously - you'll find it all over the town in the form of 5ft peanut sculptures, which are part of a public art project. Just when you thought things couldn't get any nuttier, it'll be time for the National Peanut Festival in November and the ensuing parade.
Nightlife The typical sports bars that make up the majority of Dothan's nightlife can be found in the northwest of the city, but you'll find something a little different if you head south - the legendary Cowboy's on S Oates St and Dothan Dance Club on Ross Clark Circle. Cowboy's is an old school honky-tonk that seems anachronistic but is an absolute scream even if country music isn't usually to your taste - just leave any pretensions at the door and you'll have a wild, memorable night. Meanwhile the Dothan DanceClub offers you the chance to join a friendly dance class or flex your vocals during karaoke night.
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