Cost of Living Survey: Dothan Ranks Among the Top

By: Patrick Claybon Email
By: Patrick Claybon Email

Earlier this year, more than 300 urban areas in the United States participated in a Cost of Living Survey and the Dothan area ranked among the top.

More and more we hear of changes in the economy making things difficult for Americans to make ends meet. The recent cost of living index has the Dothan area as the 29th lowest in the nation.

Houston County Commission Chairman Mark Culver, said, "Certainly it's a tool that we can use; between the low cost of living and a lot of the economic initiatives that we've got going on in our area, particularly in this time of economic down turn."

News 4 met up with 2008 Small Business Owner of the Year, Robin Rainer. He said, “The economy is not as affected by the national trends as it is in a lot of other places, but the low cost of living certainly is a benefit to a small business owner.”

If the low cost of living in our area makes things easier for economic development, how hard will it be in the coming years to maintain the low cost of living in the Wiregrass?

"With all the impact of the things that are coming to the area, it is going to be a challenge to keep that cost down. We're going to do everything we can. I think our community has always had a low cost and that will continue," explained Culver.

Is Dothan slowdown or recession proof? That remains to be seen, but as the numbers indicate, things are better here than in 90% of the country.

The Progressive Farmer magazine named Coffee County as one of 2008's best rural places to live in the country.

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