Located within the Atlanta metropolitan area and Atlanta city limits, Decatur is the county seat of DeKalb County, Georgia. Major employers include the DeKalb County Government, Emory University Health Systems, Decatur Board of Education, and the U.S. Postal Service.
Decatur claims to be a city of "homes, schools, and places of worship." Its location is just minutes from downtown Atlanta as well as Stone Mountain, and residents can catch the MARTA train from the rail station in downtown Decatur.
The National Center for Education Statistics reports that Decatur, Georgia is home to 6 institutions of higher education with enrollment numbers totaling 25,815 students. These institutions include a large junior college, 4-year private schools, seminaries, and institutions offering less-than-two-year degrees or certificates.
Georgia Perimeter College is a public, 2-year community college offering associate degrees and certificate programs in a number of career-focused fields. Enrollment numbers totaled 21,371 for 2014 while popular concentrations included nursing and general studies.
Agnes Scott College is a private not-for-profit college offering bachelor's degrees in a number of different fields. In 2014, enrollment was listed as 873 students. In addition to popular programs in social sciences, psychology, and biomedical sciences, the college participates in a "MBA Linkage" program with Georgia Tech University's Scheller College of Business.
An accredited theological school of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Columbia Theological Seminary offers advanced degrees for students seeking careers in the church as well as continuing education and certificate courses for people of all denominations and backgrounds. Total enrollment for 2014 numbered 213 students.
The DeVry University-Georgia's Decatur Campus is a private, for-profit institution offering on-campus and online degrees and certificates in a number of different fields. Total enrollment for 2014 was 3,177 with a student-to-faculty ratio of 18:1.
The Gupton Jones College of Funeral Service is a private, not-for-profit specialty school which trains students for careers as morticians and embalmers. Total enrollment for 2014 included 162 students, 52% of which were female.
The Fayette Beauty Academy-Ritz Beauty Academy in Decatur helps students prepare for careers in cosmetology, hair styling, nail design, makeup artistry, or cosmetology instruction. Just 19 students enrolled in 2014, resulting in a student-to-faculty ratio of 9:1.
Located within the Atlanta metropolitan complex, Decatur serves as a "bedroom" community to its more densely populated neighbor. As the county set of DeKalb County, the city's largest employer is the county government. Other major industries include education, healthcare, and the U.S Postal Service. Decatur's median household income was $77,202 in 2013, which is well above the national average. Median housing values were also much higher than average at $350,400, although 62.0% of residents did own their homes.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Decatur, Georgia was home to an estimated 20,380 people in 2014. Of those residents age 25 and older, 95% held at least a high school diploma with an astounding 71.2% holding a bachelor's degree or higher. Just 9% of residents spoke a language other than English at home while 7.9% of the population was foreign born.
The site for Decatur's public square was chosen in a spot where two Native American trails met in 1823. There have been 5 different county courthouses built there, with the present one constructed in 1897 and rebuilt in 1917 after a fire. The current courthouse now houses a small museum.