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Douglas, Georgia

Douglas, Georgia
Douglas City Hall
Douglas City Hall
Motto: Working Together to Serve You Better

Location in Georgia
Country United States
State Georgia
County Coffee
 • City Mayor James Dennis
 • City Manager Terrel Jacobs
 • Total 14.0 sq mi (36.2 km2)
 • Land 13.4 sq mi (34.7 km2)
 • Water 0.6 sq mi (1.5 km2)
Elevation 253 ft (77 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 11,589
 • Density 866/sq mi (334.2/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 31533-31535
Area code(s) 912
FIPS code 13-23872[1]
GNIS feature ID 0313591[2]
Website .com.cityofdouglaswww

Douglas is a city in

Major employers


  • The Electric Department, locally owned and a member of Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, services Douglas with power.[14]
  • The Natural Gas Department, member of both Georgia & American Public Gas Association and the Municipal Gas Authority of Georgia, provides gas to the area.[15]
  • Water and sewer service is conducted by the city's Water Department.[16]
  • The Public Works Department handles yard clippings, junk items, and animal control for the city.[17]


  • Douglas Municipal Airport


  • U.S. Route 221 (runs north-south)
  • U.S. Route 441 (runs north-south)
  • Georgia State Route 31 (runs north-south)
  • Georgia State Route 32 (runs east-west)
  • Georgia State Route 135 (runs north-south)
  • Georgia State Route 158 (runs east-west)
  • Georgia State Route 206 (runs east-west)



Douglas is the principal city of the Douglas Micropolitan Statistical Area, a Atkinson and Coffee counties[13] and had a combined population of 50,731 at the 2010 census.[5]

Location of the Douglas Micropolitan Statistical Area in Georgia

Douglas Micropolitan Statistical Area

The median income for a household in the city was $27,946, and the median income for a family was $36,349. Males had a median income of $26,551 versus $20,145 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,652. About 17.9% of families and 24.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 22.0% of those age 65 or over.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.8% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 83.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.

There were 3,977 households out of which 32.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.3% were married couples living together, 21.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.14.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 10,639 people, 3,977 households, and 2,656 families residing in the city. The population density was 825.7 people per square mile (318.9/km²). There were 4,692 housing units at an average density of 364.2 per square mile (140.7/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.41% White, 45.33% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 3.80% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.92% of the population.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Douglas has a total area of 14.0 square miles (36.2 km2), of which 13.4 square miles (34.7 km2) is land and 0.58 square miles (1.5 km2), or 4.08%, is water.[10] Major water bodies include Twenty Mile Creek, the Seventeen Mile River (a tributary of the Satilla River), and Hilliard's Pond, which was once the ski show park "Holiday Beach".

Douglas is located near the center of Coffee County at (31.507413, -82.850799).[9] It is 59 miles (95 km) driving distance northeast of Jacksonville, Florida, and 201 miles (323 km) driving distance southeast of Atlanta.


The Eleventh District Agricultural & Mechanical School was established in Douglas in 1906. In 1927, National Register of Historic Places: the downtown and Gaskin Avenue historic districts. They were added to the list in 1989.[8]

In 1895, the railroad came to Douglas and the community began to boom.[7] In 1909, the Georgia and Florida Railway located its offices in Douglas.

Douglas was founded in 1855 as the seat of the newly formed Coffee County.[6] It was named for Senator Stephen A. Douglas, a renowned stump speaker and congressman who was the presidential challenger to Abraham Lincoln in the election of 1860. Douglas was chartered as a town in 1895 and as a city in 1897.



  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
    • Douglas Micropolitan Statistical Area 3.1
  • Infrastructure 4
    • Highways 4.1
    • Airport 4.2
    • Utilities 4.3
  • Economy 5
    • Major employers 5.1
    • Agriculture 5.2
    • Tourism 5.3
  • Healthcare 6
  • Media 7
  • Education 8
    • Coffee County School District 8.1
    • Private schools 8.2
    • Higher education 8.3
  • Notable people 9
  • See also 10
  • References 11
  • External links 12


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