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Overview

Introduction to Decatur, Alabama

Decatur, Alabama, in Morgan county, is 108 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is part of the Huntsville metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Decatur History

Decatur was originally named Rhodes Ferry Landing. It was named after an early landowner, Dr. Henry W. Rhodes. It was incorporated in 1821. Later on, the city was renamed in honor of Commodore Stephen Decatur, a U.S. naval officer. In the late 1820s, the city served as the eastern terminus of the Decatur-Courtland-Tuscumbia Railroad. It merged with the city of New Decatur, Alabama, in 1925.

Decatur and nearby Attractions

  • Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
  • Old State Bank Museum
  • Point Mallard Water Park
  • Cook's Natural Science Museum
  • Sauta Cave and Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuges
  • Huntsville - Madison County Botanical Garden

Things To Do In Decatur

Decatur is home to many parks and open spaces including Malone Park, Morgan Lake Park, Decatur Day Use Park, Point Mallard Park, Rhodes Ferry Park, and Delano Park. The Albany Heritage Neighborhood Historic District and Bank Street-Old Decatur Historic District are also worth visiting. The Cedar Ridge Golf Course and Decatur Golf and Country Club are ideal destinations for golf lovers. Shopping facilities are offered at the Decatur Shopping Center, Westmead Plaza Shopping Center, Beltline Plaza Shopping Center, Gateway Shopping Center, and Beltline Mall Shopping Center.

Decatur Transportation

Huntsville International Airport-Carl T Jones Field can be reached within several minutes.

Decatur Higher Education

John C Calhoun State Community College is located in Decatur. Many other colleges and universities offer higher educational facilities including the George C Wallace State Community College Hanceville, University of Alabama in Huntsville, and University of North Alabama.

People

Total Population55,598
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens15.8%
Employed Population 16+23,536
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married45.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.9%
Median Earnings25+$27,761
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,809
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,915

Wealth

Median Family Income$54,297
% Above Poverty Level78.8%
% Below Poverty Level21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone33.7%
Median Gross Rent$604
Median House Value$124,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)45%
US/American0%
English10.9%
Irish13.5%

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

Decatur Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City108 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
CountyMorgan
Metro AreaHuntsville
Standard Zip Codes35601, 35603
P.O. Box Zip Codes35602, 35609
Company Zip Codes35699
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude34.605
Longitude-86.983

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)

StationBELLE MINA 2 N
Distance7.8 miles
Jan Temp29 to 49 F
Apr Temp47 to 72 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 74 F
Annual Precip55.3 inches
StationHUNTSVILLE INTL AP
Distance11.8 miles
Jan Temp31 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip57.5 inches
StationSAINT BERNARD
Distance31.8 miles
Jan Temp29 to 52 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 76 F
Annual Precip59.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Athens23,938$57,017
Hartselle14,455$62,468
Hillsboro562$46,450
Somerville691$53,690
Triana578$52,500
Trinity2,239$84,773

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

Decatur Public Libraries

Library
Wheeler Basin Regional Library
504 CHERRY STREET NE
Decatur, Alabama
(256) 353-2993
Decatur Public Library
"504 CHERRY ST., NE"
Decatur, Alabama
(256) 353-2993

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Decatur Hospitals

PARKWAY MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL
(Proprietary)
1874 BELTLINE RD SW
(256) 350-2211
Emergency Service: Yes

DECATUR GENERAL HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
1201 7TH STREET SE
(256) 341-2000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Decatur High Schools

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AUSTIN HIGH SCHOOL
1625 DANVILLE RD SW
256-552-3060
Serves 1,416 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

DECATUR HIGH SCHOOL
1011 PROSPECT DR SE
256-552-3011
Serves 1,026 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

HORIZON HIGH SCHOOL
809 CHURCH ST NE
256-552-3054
A Non-traditional School

MORGAN COUNTY LEARNING CENTER
325 POINT MALLARD PKWY SE
256-309-2171
A Non-traditional School

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