Dothan's Cost of Living

By: Deborah Tuff
By: Deborah Tuff

The city of Dothan ranks high among other Alabama cities when it comes to cost of living.

Utility payments, grocery bills, transportation and housing costs are just a few reasons the city of Dothan has been recognized as having the lowest cost of living in the state.

Dothan-Area Chamber of Commerce President Matt Parker says, "Which is Very attractive for people to come to our market area and invest and buy houses."

The data was entered into what is called the “Acura Data Base”.

The data base accumulates residents’ payment information and breaks it down into an index.

Nationwide, 300 metropolitan areas were entered into the data base like Birmingham and Atlanta. Dothan’s cost of living is 14 percent below the national average.

"It's really a bench mark to compare our community. Businesses use it when looking to come into an area, residents’ use it when looking to come in and retire and we've been recognized as a great retirement area" Parker concludes.

But retirees aren't the only ones looking to settle down in Dothan.

"We attract young professionals who go to college, graduate and work in a chosen career in Dothan," says District 5 City Commissioner Taylor Barbaree, whose district seems to be the most popular for newcomers to the area.

And, according to the chamber, those careers have also given the Circle City a 2.7 percent unemployment rate, which is the lowest it's ever been for the city and for Houston County.

Healthcare in the area is 20-percent below the national average, while housing rates are 29-percent lower.


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