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Douglas-Coffee County, Georgia, is recognized as one of the most progressive communities in south Georgia – growing at a rate of 13.2% between 2000 and 2010 – with the City of Douglas serving as a regional center for retail, commercial, professional services and industrial growth. With a fine education system, exceptional healthcare, a Georgia State Park and other recreational opportunities, and abundant shopping, there are many reasons that Douglas-Coffee County, Georgia, is a great place to live, work and play.

Education
The Coffee County School System enrolls more than 7,800 students in grades K-12, and makes graduation the system’s primary focus. Students attend one of eight elementary schools, one middle school, one freshman campus, one high school, and one alternative school. Parents may also choose the private Citizens Christian Academy (PreK-12).

The Coffee County Campus of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College (WGTC) in Douglas provides numerous educational opportunities to the residents of Coffee, Atkinson, and surrounding counties. Students may enroll in associate degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit programs; adult education classes; or non-credit continuing education courses. Courses are offered during the day, in the evening, and online. Wiregrass Georgia Technical College is also the provider of Georgia QuickStart job training services to businesses.

Adjacent to WGTC in Douglas is the campus of South Georgia State College, a SACS-accredited four-year residential campus of the University System of Georgia. With more than 20 majors and transfer opportunities, South Georgia State College provides the finest education possible to the citizens of its service area. Historically a two-year institution, South Georgia State College was elevated to state college status in 2011 and offered its first four-year degree in Nursing in fall 2012.

In addition to the local campuses of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and South Georgia State College, other opportunities for attaining a four-year degree or higher include Valdosta State University (58 miles) and Georgia Southern University (110 miles).

Health Care
Health care needs are met by the 88-bed Coffee Regional Medical Center (CRMC) in Douglas, most recently designated  "Top Small Hospital in Georgia" by Georgia Trend Magazine, and has also been named "Hospital of the Year 2001-2002" by the Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals, "Georgia Rural Hospital of the Year" 2000-2001, and received the "Best in Value Award" 2009-2010, from Data Advantage, LLC for achievements in quality, affordability, efficiency and patient satisfaction. CRMC also earned a spot on the Georgia Hospital Association’s “Presidential Honor Roll” for adherence to core measures established by the Joint Commission.

CRMC’s medical staff specialties include orthopedics, pediatrics, ENT, family practice care, ophthalmology, oncology, dermatology, general surgery, OB/GYN, internal medicine, GI, emergency medicine, podiatry, cardiology, urology, nephrology, pulmonology, anesthesiology, radiology and pathology.

A network of quality local physicians treat residents’ routine health care issues, and a progressive health department constantly monitors the health of our community to quickly identify and address problems.

Tourism
Only minutes from downtown Douglas is one of the largest state parks in Georgia, General Coffee State Park. The 1,500 acres in the park showcase Georgia’s natural habitat and the area’s agricultural history at its Heritage Farm Museum, which includes farm animals that children can feed. The Seventeen Mile River flows through the park, and a boardwalk winds through cypress swamp where pitcher plants, indigo snakes and gopher tortoises make their homes. The park also offers 13.4 miles of equestrian trails, and a campground.

Outdoor types will also appreciate the Broxton Rocks, where geologists marvel at the fractured sandstone rocks along a secluded four-mile stretch of Rocky Creek, botanists study the rocks' 530 plant species, some of which are threatened or endangered, and hikers and photographers thrill to the water song as it gushes or trickles (depending on the season) over rock ledges along Rocky Creek.

Hunters and fishermen will appreciate the abundance of game and fish in the area and the opportunities to engage in those activities practically year-round. This natural richness is celebrated annually in August with the South Georgia Outdoor Expo.

Please click here to visit the City of Douglas Tourism website.



The campuses of Wiregrass Georgia Technical College and South Georgia College are linked to downtown Douglas by a non-motorized trail that invites cyclists, joggers and walkers. Coffee Regional Medical Center, one of the community’s strongest quality of life partners, adds to the recreational opportunities of the area with its state-of-the-art fitness center.

Shopping
Downtown Douglas offers a wealth of unique shopping experiences, with merchants offering friendly service and must-have staple items as well as merchandise that can’t be found in the average retail store. Historic Downtown Douglas is known for unusual products, boutiques and antiques. Douglas also has shopping centers that feature national chain stores, ensuring that you don’t have to leave town to purchase the finest goods for your home and family.
 



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