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Douglas

James P. Kaetz, Auburn University
Douglas is located in southern Marshall County in the northeastern part of the state. It has a mayor/city council form of government.
History
First settled in the mid-nineteenth century, Douglas has remained primarily a farming community. Its first school was built in 1898, and the Douglas Academy was built in 1909. The first elementary school was built in 1921, the first junior high in 1926, and the first high school in 1932. Its first water system was built in 1966, and the town incorporated in 1978.
Demographics
According to 2016 Census estimates, Douglas recorded a population of 1,056. Of that number, 99.4 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 5.4 percent as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.1 percent as Asian. The town's median household income was $46,750, and the per capita income was $19,080.
Employment
According to 2016 Census estimates, the workforce in Douglas was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Manufacturing (25.6 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (20.4 percent)
· Retail trade (12.3 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (8.0   percent)
· Construction (7.5 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste   management services (5.8 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (5.2 percent)
· Wholesale trade (4.7 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (3.7 percent)
· Public administration (3.2 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (2.6 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (0.6 percent)
· Information (0.4 percent)
Education
Schools in Douglas are part of the Marshall County school system; the town has one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
Transportation
State Highway 75 bisects Douglas running northeast-southwest, and State Highway 168 bisects the town running east-west.
Events and Places of Interest
Douglas holds a Community Festival annually in March. It also maintains a sports complex that has baseball/softball fields.

Additional Resources

Marshall County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Marshall County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.
Published:  August 2, 2013   |   Last updated:  February 19, 2019