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.
Douglas's population according to the 2010 Census was 744. Of that number, 93.3 percent of respondents identified themselves as white, 3.9 percent as Hispanic or Latino, 2.6 percent as two or more races, 0.8 percent as African American, and 0.4 percent as Native American. The town's median household income, according to 2010 estimates, was $46,750, and the per capita income was $19,080.
According to 2010 Census estimates, the work force in Douglas was divided among the following industrial categories:
· Construction (15.8 percent)
· Manufacturing (14.4 percent)
· Transportation and warehousing and utilities (13.5 percent)
· Retail trade (11.3 percent)
· Educational services, and health care and social assistance (11.3 percent)
· Wholesale trade (6.4 percent)
· Public administration (4.7 percent)
· Arts, entertainment, recreation, and accommodation and food services (4.5 percent)
· Professional, scientific, management, and administrative and waste management services (4.3 percent)
· Other services, except public administration (4.3 percent)
· Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting, and extractive (3.5 percent)
· Finance, insurance, and real estate, rental, and leasing (3.3 percent)
· Information (2.6 percent)
Schools in Douglas are part of the Marshall County school system; the town has approximately 1,890 students and 117 teachers in one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school, and one high school.
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.
Marshall County Heritage Book Committee. The Heritage of Marshall County, Alabama. Clanton, Ala.: Heritage Publishing Consultants, 2000.
James P. Kaetz
Published August 2, 2013
Last updated August 5, 2013