Douglasville, Georgia, a growing suburb of Atlanta, is the county seat of Doulas County with a diverse population of about 30,000. Named for Stephen A. Douglas, the U.S. Senator from Illinois, it was founded as a railroad town in 1874, and today, downtown Douglasville is listed on the National Register of Historic Places with its turn-of-the century Victorian-era brick buildings, dating back to the mid-19th century.
Along with historic sites, the town features many parks, shops, a conference center and visitors bureau. Georgia Highlands College has a branch here in partnership with the University of West Georgia, making it a college town. Downtown Douglasville has been featured in several films such as Netflix’s Stranger Things, The Founder, and MTV’s Finding Carter. Pictures courtesy of Joe Youngblood. Watch this short Youtube video prepared by denise arias:
Where to Retire in Douglasville and Home Prices
Zillow calls Douglasville a "Hot" market in mid-2020, reporting the median home value to be $188,993 well below the national average.
What is Special about Douglasville
Douglasville is only about 20 miles west of Atlanta, and offers several parks, (including Sweetwater State Park nearby), and has many activities and events. It also has a hospital, library, museum, and offers low housing costs.
What is Not Special about Douglasville
Douglasville is growing rapidly and traffic in the Atlanta area is never a good thing. The crime rate here is above the national average.
Who Will Like Retirement in Douglasville
Retirees who want to live near Atlanta, may like it here. It is a historical town with a college, a hospital, library, a Welcome Center, and a Parks and Rec department that offers exercise, yoga and wellness classes.
Local Economy is Driven by
The economy is driven mainly by retail as there are shops and restaurants in the downtown, but the corridors around the city offer many fast food and retail chains, along with shopping malls.
Climate and Physical Environment
January's average temperature is 43 degrees, with July's average at 79 degrees. On September 21, 2009, Douglas County was devastated by the worst flood in Georgia history. Over 18 inches (457 mm) of rain fell in one night, destroying many roads and homes
Restaurants & Cultural Scene
There are many restaurants in the surrounding area and Douglasville is host to events, festivals and activities throughout the year. The Parks and Recreation Dept. offers a lot of outdoor opportunities along with classes. For a plethora of cultural events, Atlanta is very close by.
The crime rate here is above the national average.
WellStar Douglas Hospital is located here.
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) is about 25 miles away.
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