Dothan - A Great Place to Live, Grow and Work
Ideally located for family living, Dothan is located in the most southeastern corner of Alabama, twenty miles from Florida, ten miles from Georgia, and seventy-five miles from the gorgeous white beaches of Panama City, Florida (known as the Emerald Coast).
Ours is a vibrant, progressive and growing community. Dothan is very much a regional center of commerce, transportation, shopping, medical care and recreation (serving approximately 600,000 citizens in the tri-state area's radius of ninety miles).
Here's the top eleven reasons to help your family answer the crucial question: "Why Dothan ?"
A well kept secret- Dothan is poised for greatness, it is an exciting and positive place for Jews to move, work and play; a wonderful town to raise your children, enjoy the life of an empty nester, or to retire.
We enjoy a low cost of living that, year-to-year, averages 86% of the national average (2015 figures).
The median cost of a single family home in Dothan ($138,229) is 63% of the national median (2015 figures).
We encourage you to see this powerful economic advantage of living in Dothan yourself: click here to access the latest national/local numbers via the online "Cost of Living Calculator."
Quality of life- Dothan is not plagued by uncontrolled growth, congestion or soaring crime rates. Ours is a community of diverse cultures that enjoys, appreciates and supports the arts (music, dance, theatre and music) at venues such as the 4000 seat Civic Center, 590 seat historic/restored Opera House, and Cultural Arts Center.
- Dothan offers great opportunities for restaurants, entertainment and recreation (especially golf, hunting, fishing and boating) as well excellent museums. We have wonderful weather, are only ninety minutes to the Gulf beaches, and have easy access to recreational opportunities throughout Alabama, northern Florida and west Georgia.
The city's Leisure Services Department manages 20 parks on 600 acres, 6 swimming pools, a 12 acre water theme park, seven recreations centers, 11 children's playgrounds, and 42 tennis courts including a 16 court professional tennis events venue. Dothan has been designated a "Playful City, USA," one of only 31 such cities in America; clearly demonstrating our community's commitment to providing great play spaces for your children.
Three major fitness initiatives were completed in Dothan during the 2009-2011 timeframe: Miracle Field, a specially equipped and totally accessible baseball complex ($400,000); a paved 3.3 mile bike and walking trail ($250,000); and Miracle Playground, a specially equipped and totally accessible playground ($500,000) built by 350 community volunteers. Overall, these three amazing projects were accomplished via a public/private partnering among the City of Dothan, two Rotary Clubs, and the Wiregrass Foundation.
Most recently (2016), Dothan's Leisure Services Department opened a truly amazing project, think about it, how many towns enjoy a 400 acre forever wild preserve within the city's limits ? We do ! When fully completed, "Dothan Forever Wild Trails" will feature a 10 mile trail system: six separate trail loops linked together by connectors and bridges.
Looking ahead to next year (2017), Leisure Services will open "James Oates Park" on Dothan's south side, an 87 acre complex featuring a walking trail system, softball fields, tennis courts, playgrounds, and a disc golf course.
Physical safety- Dothan is close enough to enjoy the Gulf beaches but sufficient distance away so that we are not threatened by hurricanes' destructive forces. Consequently, our community's property owners are able to purchase casualty insurance for their homes and businesses against such storms, at a reasonable cost.
Opened during the fall of 2013, the Southeast Alabama Medical Center opened its $40 million Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine. Now fully operational, the college enrolls 620 medical students.
Dothan's Jewish Community - Prominent & Respected
Ever since our arrival 115 years ago, Dothan's Jewish families have been active, prominent and highly respected in the greater community. We are a caring Jewish community with strong lay leadership, one that warmly embraces newcomers' needs.
Your new extended family at Temple Emanu-El is very eager to grow: our doors are open and opened wide.
Living Jewishly in Dothan
Dothan's Jewish community is served with distinction by the Jewish Federation of Central Alabama (located in Montgomery), our region's designated United Jewish Communities agency. Federation's mission is to build Jewish identity, pride, unity, and activism through education, leadership development and opportunities for volunteerism.
Your children have the fantastic opportunity to attend summer camp at our region's designated URJ facility - The Henry S. Jacobs Camp in Utica, Mississippi. - serving Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Western Tennessee. Since 1970, Jacobs Camp has been providing a caring Jewish community that builds young people. Under the expert direction of Dothan's own Anna Blumenfeld-Herman, our camp program has a profound impact on our campers. The opportunity to live as part of a close-knit community and develop new skills, assisted by a dynamic and enthusiastic staff, coupled with Jewish values and the development of one's Jewish identity result in the experience of a lifetime.
Dothan's Jewish community receives comprehensive, invaluable support from a very unique and distinctive organization: The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (the ISJL). Their mission is to provide educational and other services to southeast Jewish communities, documenting and preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, and promoting a Jewish cultural presence throughout a thirteen state region.
When your children attend major universities in our region, you can count on there being superior opportunities for them to join and actively participate in campus Hillel organizations. Here's just two examples: the Universities of Alabama and Florida.
At the University of Alabama, Hillel is a place where all Jewish students can feel at home; where all strive to create a fun and inviting environment for students so that they may celebrate their religion and culture. Jewish students from all backgrounds, secular and religious, are welcomed.
At the University of Florida, Hillel is the center for Jewish life on campus with almost 9,000 Jewish college students. Hillel offers students the means to explore and celebrate their Jewish identity in a dynamic and comfortable environment. Each year, Hillel connects students to their community, their peers and their heritage through an array of social, cultural and community service programs. Every student at the University of Florida will be sure to find a friendly home here.
Wow, we trust that this overview of the opportunities, awaiting your family to live and grow Jewishly in Dothan, is proof positive as we sincerely say:
Welcome to your new Jewish neighborhood !