Introduction to Decatur, Indiana

Located in Adams county, Decatur, Indiana, is 23 miles SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center) and 91 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio. The city is part of the Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area (MSA). About 9,528 people live in Decatur.

Decatur History

Decatur was founded in 1836 by Samuel Rugg. The city was named in honor of Stephen Decatur, Jr., the prominent American naval hero. It became the county seat of Adams county on May 18, 1836. The county itself was established on March 1, 1836, and named after John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States. The Adams county courthouse was built in 1872 - 1873, and was designed by J. C. Johnson.

Decatur and nearby Attractions

  • Adams county Historical Museum
  • Ouabache State Park
  • African American Historical Museum
  • Limberlost State Historic Site
  • Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Science Central

Things To Do In Decatur

Decatur has a number of parks, including the Stratton Park, Hanna City Park, and McMillen Park. The Adams County Historical Museum showcases the history of this area. The Lincoln Museum, Allen county - Fort Wayne Historical Society Museum, Science Central, and Cathedral Museum are also nearby. The Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Ouabache State Park offer many recreational opportunities.

Decatur Transportation

Fort Wayne International Airport is less than half an hour's drive away.

Decatur Higher Education

Higher education is available at Ball State University, Ivy Tech State College - East Central, and Indiana Wesleyan University.


Total Population 9,084
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 16.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,169
Age of the Population 40


% of people married 48.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.9%
Median Earnings25+ $31,707
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,500
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,583


Median Family Income $52,014
% Above Poverty Level 85.1%
% Below Poverty Level 14.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 33%
Median Gross Rent $522
Median House Value $88,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 19.4%
US/American 0%
English 7%
Irish 9.6%

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

Decatur Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 91 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio
County Adams
Metro Area Fort Wayne
Standard Zip Codes 46733
Phone Area Codes 260
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 40.83
Longitude -84.929

Decatur Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station BERNE
Distance 11.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 32 F
Apr Temp 39 to 61 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 64 F
Annual Precip 38.4 inches
Station BLUFFTON 1 N
Distance 13.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 30 F
Apr Temp 40 to 58 F
Jul Temp 64 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 63 F
Annual Precip 36.5 inches
Distance 33.2 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 62 F
Jul Temp 63 to 84 F
Oct Temp 43 to 65 F
Annual Precip 37.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Barrington Woods (46733)

Bo Bo (46733)

Hondorus (46733)

Peterson (46733)

Sunny Acres (46733)

Yost Woods (46733)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Berne 3,863 $59,556
Bluffton 9,536 $50,564
Monroe 598 $63,906
Monroeville 1,188 $47,868
Ossian 3,658 $59,500
Uniondale 303 $60,313

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

Decatur Public Libraries

Decatur Pl
128 S 3RD ST
Decatur, Indiana
(260) 724-2605
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Decatur Hospitals

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(260) 724-2145
Emergency Service: Yes

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Decatur High Schools

1000 N ADAMS
Serves 874 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.3

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