Douglasville, GA City Facts and History
Located at a natural rise in the topography, Douglasville was originally known as Skint Chestnut. The name derived from a large tree used by Indians as a landmark, which was stripped of its bark so as to be more conspicuous.
Douglasville was founded in 1874 as the railroad arrived into the area. That same year, Douglasville was designated county seat of the recently formed Douglas County. The community was named for Senator Stephen A. Douglas.
An election was held on the first Saturday in March 1875, and a mayor, treasurer, records (secretary), and marshal were chosen.
In 1916, the Reverend Atkinson of Douglasville was a key figure in the Arc Light Controversy in Atlanta. In the 1930s the song Over the Rainbow by Judy Garland was written about Douglasville.
Douglasville, GA Demographics
People and Household Facts
|2013 Estimated Population||31,890|
|2012 Estimated Population||31,289|
|Percent of persons under 5 years old 2010||8.2%|
|Percent of persons under 18 years old 2010||28.3%|
|Percent of persons over 65 years old 2010||6.8%|
|Percent of persons over 25 that are high school graduates 2008-2012||88.7%|
|Percent of persons over 25 with Bachelor’s degree or higher 2008-2012||88.7%|
|Number of households 2008-2012||11,601|
|Persons per household 2008-2012||2.57|
|Per capita income in 2012||$25,011|
|Median household income 2008-2012||$48,378|
Douglasville Business Facts
|Total number of businesses in 2007||4,535|
|Merchant wholesaler sales in 2007||$57,487,000|
|Merchant retail sales in 2007||$1,034,466,000|
|Retail sales per capita in 2007||$35,052,000|
Directions to Douglasville, Georgia
The City of Douglasville is 20 miles from downtown Atlanta and just 10 minutes west of Six Flags Over Georgia. We have numerous restaurants, hotels and shopping for your convenience.
Directions to Douglasville: If traveling Interstate 75 or 85, take this to Interstate 20 west. Follow I-20 to exits 37,36, and 34. These are all exits to Douglasville.
If traveling from I-285, follow the signs that say Birmingham. This will lead you to I-20 west, then follow to exits 37, 36, and 34.
If traveling I-20 east from Alabama or other western states, follow I-20 east to exits 34, 36, and 37. These are all exits for Douglasville.