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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. Nearby Athens, home of the University of Georgia, is also 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.

Demographics

People

Total Population21,210
Male Share of the Population41.8%
Female Share of the Population58.2%
Senior Citizens11.5%
Employed Population 16+9,922
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married49.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher72.3%
Median Earnings25+$63,629
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$18,728
Median Earnings With High School Degree$27,237

Wealth

Median Family Income$130,885
% Above Poverty Level84.8%
% Below Poverty Level15.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time26 minutes
% Working from Home12.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work7.4%
% Using Public Transportation5.1%

Housing

People Living Alone35.8%
Median Gross Rent$894
Median House Value$384,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)32.9%
English18.9%
German13.3%
Irish10.2%
Scottish5.4%
African3.7%
French Except Basque3.5%
Italian3.1%
Somali2.1%
Polish1.7%
Swedish1.6%
Russian1.4%
Welsh1.2%
Canadian1.1%
Greek0.7%
Dutch0.7%
West Indian0.6%
Norwegian0.6%
Czech0.6%
Latvian0.5%
Ukrainian0.4%
Croatian0.4%
Arab0.4%
Ethiopian0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Slovak0.3%
Portuguese0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Danishn0.3%
Finnish0.3%
Brazilian0.3%
Austrian0.2%
South African0.2%
Jamaican0.2%
Lebanese0.2%
Belgian0.2%
Bulgarian0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Iraqi0.1%
Barbadian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
US/American0.1%
Australian0.1%
New Zealand0.1%
Nigerian0.1%
Serbian0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Syrian0.1%
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Decatur Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Large City5 miles E of Atlanta, Georgia
County DeKalb County, Dekalb County
Metro AreaAtlanta
Standard Zip Codes30030, 30032, 30033, 30034, 30035
P.O. Box Zip Codes30031, 30036, 30037
Phone Area Codes404, 678, 770
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude33.774
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)

StationATLANTA HARTSFIELD AP
Distance12.6 miles
Jan Temp34 to 52 F
Apr Temp50 to 73 F
Jul Temp71 to 89 F
Oct Temp53 to 73 F
Annual Precip50.2 inches
StationALPHARETTA 4 SSW
Distance15.6 miles
Jan Temp29 to 50 F
Apr Temp45 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp47 to 72 F
Annual Precip51.8 inches
StationCOVINGTON
Distance25 miles
Jan Temp31 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 74 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip49.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Atlanta456,378$63,947
Avondale Estates3,095$136,758
Chamblee27,862$48,476
Clarkston12,594$30,367
Pine Lake644$47,273
Stone Mountain6,102$42,391

Decatur Public Libraries

Dekalb County Public Library
3560 KENSINGTON RD.
Decatur, Georgia
(404) 508-7190

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Decatur Hospitals

Va Medical Center - Atlanta
(Government - Federal)
1670 Clairmont Rd Ne
Dekalb Medical Center
(Non-profit)
2701 N Decatur Road
(404) 501-1000
Georgia Regional Hospital At Atlanta
(Government - State)
3073 Panthersville Road
Dekalb Medical At Decatur
(Non-profit)
450 North Candler Street
(404) 377-0221
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Decatur Public Schools

Wadsworth Magnet School For High Achievers
2084 Green Forrest Dr
(678) 874-2402
Middle
Total Enrollment 215
Ronald E Mcnair Discover Learning Academy Elementa
2162 Second Ave
(678) 874-3402
Primary
Total Enrollment 865
Dekalb Preparatory Academy Charter
1402 Austin Dr
(404) 492-5061
Primary
Total Enrollment 283
New Glennwood Elementary
440 East Ponce De Leon Ave
Primary
Total Enrollment 240
Mcnair Middle School
2190 Wallingford Dr
(678) 874-5102
Middle
Total Enrollment 785
Columbia Elementary School
3230 Columbia Woods Dr
(678) 874-0702
Primary
Total Enrollment 557
Columbia High School
2106 Columbia Dr
(678) 874-0802
High
Total Enrollment 1288
Glen Haven Elementary School
1402 Austin Dr
(678) 874-1202
Kelley Lake Elementary School
2590 Kelly Lake Rd
(678) 874-4802
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Mclendon Elementary School
3169 Hollywood Dr
(678) 676-5902
Primary
Total Enrollment 515
Dekalb Transition School
2670 Old Wesley Chapel Rd
(678) 874-1002
Middle
Total Enrollment 33
Fifth Avenue Elementary
101 Fifth Ave
(404) 370-4460
Middle
Total Enrollment 502
Chapel Hill Middle School
3535 Dogwood Farm Rd
(678) 676-8502
Middle
Total Enrollment 974
Coralwood Education Center
2477 Coralwood Dr
(678) 874-6002
Primary
Total Enrollment 237
Toney Elementary School
2701 Oakland Ter
(678) 874-2102
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Flat Shoals Elementary School
3226 Flat Shoals Rd
(678) 874-4602
Primary
Total Enrollment 541
Briarlake Elementary School
3590 Lavista Rd
(678) 874-2502
Primary
Total Enrollment 449
Miller Grove Middle School
2215 Miller Rd
(678) 676-8902
Middle
Total Enrollment 966
Narvie Harris Elementary School
3981 Mcgill Dr
(678) 676-9202
Primary
Total Enrollment 970
Cedar Grove Middle School
2300 Wildcat Rd
(678) 874-4202
Middle
Total Enrollment 1007
Mary Mcleod Bethune Middle School
5200 Covington Hwy
(678) 875-0302
Middle
Total Enrollment 1014
International Community School
3260 Covington Hwy
(404) 499-8969
Primary
Total Enrollment 383
Oakview Elementary
3574 Oakvale Rd
(678) 875-1302
Primary
Total Enrollment 752
Clairemont Elementary School
155 Erie Ave
(404) 370-4450
Primary
Total Enrollment 320
Medlock Elementary School
2418 Wood Trail Ln
(678) 874-7202
Laurel Ridge Elementary School
1215 Balsam Dr
(678) 874-6902
Primary
Total Enrollment 423
Druid Hills Middle School
3100 Mount Olive Dr
(678) 874-7602
Middle
Total Enrollment 1022
Winnona Park Elementary School
510 Avery St
(404) 370-4490
Primary
Total Enrollment 326
Decatur High School
310 North Mcdonough St
(404) 370-4420
High
Total Enrollment 824
Oakhurst Elementary School
175 Mead Rd
(404) 370-4470
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Bob Mathis Elementary School
3505 Boring Rd
(678) 874-5802
Primary
Total Enrollment 404
Chapel Hill Elementary School
3536 Radcliffe Blvd
(678) 676-8402
Primary
Total Enrollment 586
Peachcrest Elementary School
1530 Joy Ln
(678) 874-1602
Southwest Dekalb High School
2863 Kelley Chapel Rd
(678) 874-1902
High
Total Enrollment 1526
Towers High School
3919 Brookcrest Circle
(678) 874-2202
High
Total Enrollment 1050
Snapfinger Elementary School
1365 Snapfinger Rd
(678) 874-1802
Primary
Total Enrollment 874
Rainbow Elementary School
2801 Kelley Chapel Rd
(678) 874-1702
Primary
Total Enrollment 452
Atherton Elementary School
1674 Atherton Dr
(678) 874-0302
Midway Elementary School
3318 Midway Rd
(678) 874-1502
Primary
Total Enrollment 679
Canby Lane Elementary School
4150 Green Hawk Trl
(678) 874-0602
Primary
Total Enrollment 714
Knollwood Elementary School
3039 Santa Monica Dr
(678) 874-1402
Primary
Total Enrollment 385
Columbia Middle School
3001 Columbia Dr
(678) 875-0502
Middle
Total Enrollment 1157
Dekalb Regional Youth Detention Center
2946 Clifton Springs Rd
(404) 244-2183
Other
Total Enrollment 13
Renfroe Middle School
220 West College Ave
(404) 370-4440
Middle
Total Enrollment 687

Decatur Private Schools

Green Pastures Christian School
5455 Flat Shoals Pkwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
St Thomas More School
630 W Ponce De Leon Ave
Elementary
Total Enrollment 489
St Peter Claver Regional Catholic School
2560 Tilson Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 140
Kingdom Group
5271 Snapfinger Woods Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 142
The Community School
308 Clairemont Ave
Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy
3250 Rainbow Dr
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 313
Montessori School At Emory
3021 N Decatur Rd
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
Decatur First Umc Weekday Childrens Ministries
312 Sycamore Bldg
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Decatur Presbyterian Children's Community
205 Sycamore St
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Academe Of The Oaks
146 New St
Secondary
Total Enrollment 71
The Hirsch Academy
705 S Candler St
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
Arbor Montessori
2998 Lavista Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 237
Cambridge Academy
2780 Flat Shoals Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 112
Friends School Of Atlanta
862 Columbia Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 172
The Waldorf School Of Atlanta
827 Kirk Rd
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
Augustine Preparatory Academy Of Atlanta
4650 Flat Shoals Pkwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
All Gods Children Academy
1915 Austin Dr
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
Kreative Kids Academy
6007 Covington Hwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Wings Of A Dove Christian Academy
6038 Covington Hwy
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
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