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Overview

Introduction to Decatur, Georgia

Decatur is a small city located in northeastern Georgia, just 5 miles northeast of Atlanta. Named after US naval hero Stephen Decatur, the city was founded in 1823 at the intersection of two Native American trails. Originally slated to be the southernmost terminus of the Western and Atlantic Railroad in the 1830s, the city objected, allowing nearby Atlanta to take that honor. The city played a pivotal role in the battle of Atlanta during the Civil War. While Atlanta eventually became one of America's largest and most important cities, Decatur retained its small town roots. With a population under 20,000, a land area of 4 square miles and its business district located near Atlanta neighborhoods, Decatur has succeeded in combining small town living with big city access.

Decatur Culture

For a small city, Decatur has more than its share of culture. Neighborhood Playhouse is a community theater that has staged comedy and drama productions for more than 25 years. PushPin Theater, formed in 1990 by Atlanta actors, has offered more than 50 workshop productions. Among the city's natives are musicians Amy Ray and Emily Saliers of the Indigo Girls and Michael Stipe of REM.

Decatur Sports and Leisure

Sporting events are available in nearby Atlanta at venues that are accessible from Decatur without having to enter the heart of the city. Baseball's Atlanta Braves play south of downtown at 50,000-seat Turner Field. The NFL's Atlanta Falcons play at 71,000-seat Georgia Dome, southwest of downtown Atlanta. Philips Arena, situated just west of downtown Atlanta, hosts home games of the NBA's Hawks and the NHL's Thrashers. Atlanta Motor Speedway, located 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, is one of the largest and oldest in the country. It hosts two NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup races each year.

Decatur Outdoors

Popular recreational activities include rafting on the scenic Chattooga River, camping at Stone Mountain Park Campground and golfing on the area's many courses. Some of the highest-regarded links in the country within an hour's drive: Cuscowilla on Lake Oconee, Hawk's Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, and The Farm Golf Club in Rocky Face.

Decatur at Night

Decatur's nightlife feeds off the many attractions in nearby Atlanta, one of the nation's youngest cities and the #3-ranked city on Forbes Magazine's 2004 Top Cities For Singles list. Nearby Athens, home of the University of Georgia, is another popular and loaded with a varied assortment of bars and clubs. But Decatur offers something Atlanta and Athens can't: the nearby pleasures of a big city scene without any of the accompanying headaches.

People

Total Population 20,605
Male Share of the Population 42.3%
Female Share of the Population 57.7%
Senior Citizens 11%
Employed Population 16+ 9,916
Age of the Population 36

Families

% of people married 47.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 72.8%
Median Earnings25+ $63,607
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,114
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,385

Wealth

Median Family Income $126,894
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 11.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 6.6%
% Using Public Transportation 5.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.5%
Median Gross Rent $887
Median House Value $365,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.6%
US/American 0.1%
English 18.5%
Irish 10.7%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Decatur Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 5 miles E of Atlanta, Georgia
County De Kalb
Metro Area Atlanta
Standard Zip Codes 30030, 30032, 30033, 30034, 30035
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30031, 30036, 30037
Phone Area Codes 404
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.774
Longitude -84.296

Decatur Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ATLANTA HARTSFIELD AP
Distance 12.6 miles
Jan Temp 34 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 73 F
Jul Temp 71 to 89 F
Oct Temp 53 to 73 F
Annual Precip 50.2 inches
Station ALPHARETTA 4 SSW
Distance 15.6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 51.8 inches
Station COVINGTON
Distance 25 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.1 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Decatur, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Belvedere (30032)

Dunaire (30032)

Snapfinger (30035)

Vista Grove (30033)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atlanta 448,901 $60,108
Avondale Estates 3,066 $133,684
Chamblee 27,654 $46,932
Clarkston 11,990 $32,359
Pine Lake 648 $57,083
Stone Mountain 5,991 $39,302

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Decatur Public Libraries

Library
Dekalb County Public Library System
215 SYCAMORE STREET
Decatur, Georgia
(404) 370-8450
Library Web Site

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Decatur Hospitals

DEKALB MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
2701 N DECATUR RD
(404) 501-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

Atlanta VA Medical Center
(VA)
1670 Clairmont Road
(404) 321-6111 or (800) 944-9726
Emergency Service:

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Decatur High Schools

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MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. HIGH SCHOOL
3991 SNAPFINGER ROAD
678-874-5402
Serves 1,669 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.5

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2863 KELLEY CHAPEL ROAD
678-874-1902
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,616 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17

COLUMBIA HIGH SCHOOL
2106 COLUMBIA DRIVE
678-874-0802
A Magnet School.
Serves 1,411 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.9

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3919 BROOKCREST CIRCLE
678-874-2202
Serves 1,206 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 19.7

DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL
310 NORTH MCDONOUGH STREET
404-370-4420
Serves 772 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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