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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
County DeKalb County, Dekalb County
Standard Zip Codes30030, 30032, 30033, 30034, 30035
P.O. Box Zip Codes30031, 30036, 30037
Phone Area Codes404, 678, 770
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude33.77
Approximate Longitude-84.29

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

Decatur Public Schools

Clairemont Elementary School
155 Erie Ave
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4450
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Decatur High School
310 N Mcdonough St
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4420
High
Total Enrollment 1073
Fifth Avenue Elementary
101 Fifth Avenue
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4460
Middle
Total Enrollment 671
New Glennwood Elementary
440 E Ponce De Leon Ave
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4435
Primary
Total Enrollment 275
Oakhurst Elementary School
175 Mead Rd
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4470
Primary
Total Enrollment 465
Renfroe Middle School
220 W College Ave
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4440
Middle
Total Enrollment 934
Westchester Elementary School
758 Scott Blvd
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4400
Primary
Total Enrollment 232
Winnona Park Elementary School
510 Avery St
ZIP: 30030
(404) 370-4490
Primary
Total Enrollment 376
Columbia Elementary School
3230 Columbia Woods Dr
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-0702
Primary
Total Enrollment 595
Columbia High School
2106 Columbia Dr
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-0802
High
Total Enrollment 1211
Dekalb Preparatory Academy Charter
1402 Austin Dr
ZIP: 30032
(404) 492-5061
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Kelley Lake Elementary School
2590 Kelly Lake Rd
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-4802
Primary
Total Enrollment 360
Knollwood Elementary School
3039 Santa Monica Dr
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-1402
Primary
Total Enrollment 379
Mcnair Middle School
2190 Wallingford Dr
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-5102
Middle
Total Enrollment 697
Midway Elementary School
3318 Midway Rd
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-1502
Primary
Total Enrollment 575
Ronald E Mcnair Discover Learning Academy Elementary School
2162 Second Ave
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-3402
Primary
Total Enrollment 901
Snapfinger Elementary School
1365 Snapfinger Rd
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-1802
Primary
Total Enrollment 834
Toney Elementary School
2701 Oakland Ter
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-2102
Primary
Total Enrollment 427
Towers High School
3919 Brookcrest Cir
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-2202
High
Total Enrollment 1001
Wadsworth Magnet School For High Achievers
2084 Green Forrest Dr
ZIP: 30032
(678) 874-2402
Middle
Total Enrollment 244
Briarlake Elementary School
3590 Lavista Rd
ZIP: 30033
(678) 874-2502
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
Coralwood Education Center
2477 Coralwood Dr
ZIP: 30033
(678) 874-6002
Primary
Total Enrollment 234
Druid Hills Middle School
3100 Mount Olive Dr
ZIP: 30033
(678) 874-7602
Middle
Total Enrollment 902
International Community School
2418 Wood Trail Ln
ZIP: 30033
(404) 499-8969
Primary
Total Enrollment 401
Laurel Ridge Elementary School
1215 Balsam Dr
ZIP: 30033
(678) 874-6902
Primary
Total Enrollment 447
Mclendon Elementary School
3169 Hollywood Dr
ZIP: 30033
(678) 676-5902
Primary
Total Enrollment 393
Bob Mathis Elementary School
3505 Boring Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 874-5802
Primary
Total Enrollment 460
Cedar Grove Middle School
2300 Wildcat Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 874-4202
Middle
Total Enrollment 864
Chapel Hill Elementary School
3536 Radcliffe Blvd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 676-8402
Primary
Total Enrollment 632
Chapel Hill Middle School
3535 Dogwood Farm Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 676-8502
Middle
Total Enrollment 854
Columbia Middle School
3001 Columbia Dr
ZIP: 30034
(678) 875-0502
Middle
Total Enrollment 937
Dekalb Regional Youth Detention Center
2946 Clifton Springs Rd
ZIP: 30034
(404) 244-2183
Other
Total Enrollment 10
Flat Shoals Elementary School
3226 Flat Shoals Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 874-4602
Primary
Total Enrollment 581
Narvie Harris Elementary School
3981 Mcgill Dr
ZIP: 30034
(678) 676-9202
Primary
Total Enrollment 858
Oakview Elementary
3574 Oakvale Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 875-1302
Primary
Total Enrollment 811
Rainbow Elementary School
2801 Kelley Chapel Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 874-1702
Primary
Total Enrollment 426
Southwest Dekalb High School
2863 Kelley Chapel Rd
ZIP: 30034
(678) 874-1902
High
Total Enrollment 1275
Canby Lane Elementary School
4150 Green Hawk Trl
ZIP: 30035
(678) 874-0602
Primary
Total Enrollment 662
Mary Mcleod Bethune Middle School
5200 Covington Hwy
ZIP: 30035
(678) 875-0302
Middle
Total Enrollment 902
Miller Grove Middle School
2215 Miller Rd
ZIP: 30035
(678) 676-8902
Middle
Total Enrollment 977

Decatur Private Schools

Academe Of The Oaks
146 New St
ZIP: 30030
Secondary
Total Enrollment 71
Decatur First Umc Weekday Childrens Ministries
312 Sycamore Bldg
ZIP: 30030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 137
Decatur Presbyterian Children's Community
205 Sycamore St
ZIP: 30030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 14
Friends School Of Atlanta
862 Columbia Dr
ZIP: 30030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 172
St Thomas More School
630 W Ponce De Leon Ave
ZIP: 30030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 489
The Community School
308 Clairemont Ave
ZIP: 30030
Secondary
Total Enrollment 18
The Hirsch Academy
705 S Candler St
ZIP: 30030
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 25
The Waldorf School Of Atlanta
827 Kirk Rd
ZIP: 30030
Elementary
Total Enrollment 190
All Gods Children Academy
1915 Austin Dr
ZIP: 30032
Elementary
Total Enrollment 7
St Peter Claver Regional Catholic School
2560 Tilson Rd
ZIP: 30032
Elementary
Total Enrollment 140
Arbor Montessori
2998 Lavista Rd
ZIP: 30033
Elementary
Total Enrollment 237
Montessori School At Emory
3021 N Decatur Rd
ZIP: 30033
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 67
Augustine Preparatory Academy Of Atlanta
4650 Flat Shoals Pkwy
ZIP: 30034
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
Cambridge Academy
2780 Flat Shoals Rd
ZIP: 30034
Elementary
Total Enrollment 112
Green Pastures Christian School
5455 Flat Shoals Pkwy
ZIP: 30034
Elementary
Total Enrollment 67
Greenforest Mccalep Christian Academy
3250 Rainbow Dr
ZIP: 30034
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 313
Kingdom Group
5271 Snapfinger Woods Dr
ZIP: 30035
Elementary
Total Enrollment 142
Kreative Kids Academy
6007 Covington Hwy
ZIP: 30035
Elementary
Total Enrollment 13
Wings Of A Dove Christian Academy
6038 Covington Hwy
ZIP: 30035
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
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