Douglas County

Douglas County formed in 1870, carved out of Carroll, Campbell (now Fulton) and Cherokee counties. It is named after Abraham Lincoln’s famous rival for congress and the presidency, Stephen A. Douglas.

Notable landmarks include Sweetwater Creek State Park and Clinton Nature Preserve. Large employers include Silver Line Building Products, APL Logistics and WellStar Douglas Hospital.

Douglas has grown steadily in the past decade and has seen its population become much more diverse.

Within Douglas County are the cities of Austell*, Douglasville, and Villa Rica*.

Douglas County by the Numbers (2017)

Population 143,882
Population Change (since 2010) +8.5%
Population Forecast (2040) 201,325
Median Household Income $61,094
Unemployment Rate 4.9%
Mean Travel Time to Work** 32.2 minutes
Single Family Building Permits 354 units
Multifamily Building Permits 26 units

Douglas County Data Resources

Other Douglas County Resources

ARC Board Members Representing Douglas County

Data Sources

  • US Census Bureau, Subcounty Intercensal Population Estimates, 2000 to 2009
  • US Census Bureau, County Characteristics Resident Population Estimate, 2010 to 2017
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (1-year estimates), 2017
  • US Census Bureau, American Community Survey (5-year estimates), 2012-16
  • Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC), Series 15 Forecasts, 2015-16
  • Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS), 2017


  * These cities belong to more than one county.
** Showing 2012-16 (5-year average) data due to lack of 2017 (1-year) data for this county