The city of Douglasville is the county seat of Douglas County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city had a population of 30,961, up from 20,065 at the 2000 census. Douglasville is located approximately 20 miles (32 km) west of Atlanta and is part of the Atlanta Metro Area.
Located along a natural rise in the topography, Douglasville was originally known as "Skint Chestnut". The name derived from a large tree used by Native Americans as a landmark, which was stripped of its bark so as to be more conspicuous.Douglasville was founded in 1874 as the railroad arrived into the area. That same year, Douglasville was designated county seat of the recently formed Douglas County. The community was named for SenatorStephen A. Douglas.An election was held on the first Saturday in March 1875, and a mayor, treasurer, records (secretary), and marshal were chosen.In 1916, the Reverend Atkinson of Douglasville was a key figure in the Arc Light Controversy in Atlanta.