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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 Population 55,598
Male Share of the Population 47.2%
Female Share of the Population 52.8%
Senior Citizens 15.8%
Employed Population 16+ 23,536
Age of the Population 39

Families

% of people married 45.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
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 Level 78.8%
% Below Poverty Level 21.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 33.7%
Median Gross Rent $604
Median House Value $124,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 45%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 13.5%

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

Decatur Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 108 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Morgan
Metro Area Huntsville
Standard Zip Codes 35601, 35603
P.O. Box Zip Codes 35602, 35609
Company Zip Codes 35699
Phone Area Codes 256
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.605
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)

Station BELLE MINA 2 N
Distance 7.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55.3 inches
Station HUNTSVILLE INTL AP
Distance 11.8 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 49 F
Apr Temp 48 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 50 to 73 F
Annual Precip 57.5 inches
Station SAINT BERNARD
Distance 31.8 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 76 F
Annual Precip 59.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Athens 23,938 $57,017
Hartselle 14,455 $62,468
Hillsboro 562 $46,450
Somerville 691 $53,690
Triana 578 $52,500
Trinity 2,239 $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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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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