is a city in
counties in the
. It is the largest city and county seat of Houston County, with a population of 65,496 at the
. It is located in the state's southeastern corner, approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of the
state line and 16 miles (26 km) north of
. Its name was taken from
37:17: "let us go to
Dothan is the principal city of the
Dothan, Alabama metropolitan area
, which encompasses all of
, Henry, and Houston counties; the small portion that lies in Dale County is part of the
Ozark Micropolitan Statistical Area
. The combined population for the entire Dothan metropolitan area in 2010 was 145,639. The city serves as the main transportation and commercial hub for a significant part of southeastern Alabama, southwest Georgia, and nearby portions of the
. Since approximately one-fourth of the U.S.
crop is produced nearby, with much of it being processed in the city, Dothan is sometimes referred to as "The Peanut Capital of the World". Dothan also hosts the annual National Peanut Festival at the dedicated "Peanut Festival Fairgrounds".