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Dothan: Crimes Statistics, Arrest and Population Information

Located in the Henry, Dale and Houston counties, Dothan was established as a town in the year of 1885 in the southeast corner of the state of Alabama and covers a land area of 89.4 square miles. It is Houston County's youngest city and was incorporated in the year 1903. In the Winegrass region of the state, the town serves as a center for industry and commerce and owes the success of its agriculture industry to its rich soil. In 1910, the city became one of the world largest producers of peanuts.

In Native American history, the city served as a trading post for the Creek and Yamassee. The early settlers from Georgia named it Poplar Head and by the 1860s about 19 families were living in the region. The name was later changed to Dothan based on a small village which appears in the Bible.

Population of Dothan

The city of Dothan had a population of 54,942 people in 1990, according to the US Census Bureau. The population increased to 27,780 people in 2000, 65,496 people in 2010, an estimate of 67,382 people in 2012 and about 68,202 people as on July 1, 2017.

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There are a total of 26,116 households in the city as noted during the time period from 2012 to 2016 and about 2.57 people are living per household. Within the county, there are about 37,082 households as observed in 2003. The population density of this city is 732.6 people per square mile as noted in 2010.

In the ethnic-racial demographic (as noted in 2010), it was found that that 61.7 percent of the population are white people, 32.5 percent are African American, 2.9 percent are Hispanic, or Latino and 1.1 percent are Asian. It is also noted that 2.6 percent of the population is foreign-born and about 4 percent of the people speak a language other than English at home.

About 86.5 percent of the population older than 25 years have graduated from high school or have pursued further studies. Those who hold a bachelor's degree or have attained higher education make up 25 percent of the population (among those aged above 25 years).

The median household income in the city of Dothan is $ 42,569 as of 2016. The per capita income for the year was noted to be at $25,785. Up to 19.9 percent of the people in the city are earning below the levels of poverty.

Crime in Dothan

According to the statistics produced by the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) program of the United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) in 2016, the city of Dothan reported a total of 5,737 offenses. Among them were five cases of murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, 36 cases of rape, 80 cases of robbery, 2,808 cases of property crimes, 681 cases of burglary, 1,963 cases of larceny-theft and 164 cases of motor vehicle thefts.

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In 2015, there were a total of 2,749 incidences reported, among which were two cases of homicide, 10 cases of rape, 69 cases of robbery, 215 cases of assault, 546 cases of burglary, 1,794 cases of larceny and 113 cases of motor vehicle thefts. From 2015 to 2016, the types of crime that increased at the highest rate in the city are rape (by 260 percent), homicide (by 150 percent) and assault (by 107 percent).

In order to combat crime in the region, the law enforcement agency of Dothan has 161 sworn officers among whom 152 are male and nine are female. It also has civilian personnel including 19 men and 53 women. The Dothan Regional airport has a total of seven employees appointed.

In 2016, a total of 6,076 people were arrested in the city, among whom 310 were juvenile offenders and 5,766 were adults.


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