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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.

Demographics

People

Total Population54,844
Male Share of the Population47.2%
Female Share of the Population52.8%
Senior Citizens16.5%
Employed Population 16+22,855
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married46.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher24.7%
Median Earnings25+$30,317
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,896
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,724

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,503
% Above Poverty Level78.2%
% Below Poverty Level21.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.8%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.5%
% Using Public Transportation0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone31.6%
Median Gross Rent$625
Median House Value$130,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)42.3%
Irish11.1%
English10.7%
German7.2%
Italian1.8%
Scottish1.8%
French Except Basque1.4%
Polish1.2%
Dutch1.1%
Welsh0.7%
West Indian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Jamaican0.4%
Swedish0.3%
African0.3%
Haitian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Bulgarian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Czech0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Greek0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Decatur Almanac

CategoryValue
County Morgan County
Standard Zip Codes35601, 35603
P.O. Box Zip Codes35602, 35609
Company Zip Codes35699
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.57
Approximate Longitude-86.98

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
Athens24,735$64,146
Hartselle14,395$66,568
Hillsboro612$35,208
Somerville659$54,375
Triana700$55,000
Trinity2,068$91,058

Decatur Public Libraries

Decatur Public Library
504 CHERRY STREET NE
Decatur, Alabama
(256) 353-2993

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Decatur Hospitals

Decatur Morgan West
(Proprietary)
2205 Beltline Road, S.w.
(256) 341-2000
Decatur Morgan Hospital - Parkway Campus
(Proprietary)
1874 Beltline Road, S.w.
(256) 350-2211
Decatur Morgan Hospital - Decatur Campus
(Proprietary)
1201 Seventh Street, Southeast
(256) 341-2000

Decatur Public Schools

Austin High Sch
1625 Danville Rd Sw
ZIP: 35601
High
Total Enrollment 1420
Austinville Elem Sch
2320 Clara Ave Sw
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 356
Banks-caddell Elem Sch
211 Gordon Dr Se
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 494
Benjamin Davis Elem Sch
417 Monroe Dr Nw
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 255
Brookhaven Middle Sch
1302 5th Ave Sw
ZIP: 35601
Middle
Total Enrollment 392
Decatur High Dev
1011a Prospect Dr Se
ZIP: 35601
High
Total Enrollment 47
Decatur High Sch
1011 Prospect Dr Se
ZIP: 35601
High
Total Enrollment 963
Eastwood Elem Sch
1802 26th Ave Se
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 233
Horizon High Sch
809 Church St Ne
ZIP: 35601
High
Leon Sheffield Magnet Elem Sch
801 Wilson St. Nw
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 359
Long Term Case
910 Wilson Street Ne
ZIP: 35601
Other
Morgan Co Learning Ctr
1325 Point Mallard Pkwy Se
ZIP: 35601
Other
Oak Pk Middle Sch
1218 16th Ave Se
ZIP: 35601
Middle
Total Enrollment 653
Somerville Road Elem Sch
910 Somerville Rd Se
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 440
Walter Jackson Elem Sch
1950 Park St Se
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 295
West Decatur Elem Sch
708 Memorial Dr Sw
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 306
Woodmeade Elem Sch
1400 19th Ave Sw
ZIP: 35601
Primary
Total Enrollment 343
Cedar Ridge Middle Sch
2715 Danville Rd Sw
ZIP: 35603
Middle
Total Enrollment 858
Chestnut Grove Elem Sch
3205 Cedarhurst Dr Sw
ZIP: 35603
Primary
Total Enrollment 433
Frances Nungester Elem Sch
726 Tammy St Sw
ZIP: 35603
Primary
Total Enrollment 367
Julian Harris Elem Sch
1922 Mcauliffe Dr Sw
ZIP: 35603
Primary
Total Enrollment 386
Priceville High Sch
317 Highway 67 S
ZIP: 35603
High
Total Enrollment 443
Priceville Jr High Sch
311 Highway 67 South
ZIP: 35603
Middle
Total Enrollment 361

Decatur Private Schools

Cornerstone Christian School
3211 Spring Ave Sw
ZIP: 35603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 87
Decatur Heritage Christian Academy
3802 Spring Ave Sw
ZIP: 35603
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 381
St Ann School
3910a Spring Ave Sw
ZIP: 35603
Elementary
Total Enrollment 86
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