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Overview

Introduction to Decatur, Illinois

Decatur, Illinois, in Macon county, is 109 miles NE of St. Louis, Missouri. Decatur is located in Central Illinois and it's situated along the Sangamon River and near Lake Decatur. The city features historic neighborhoods and a restored downtown area. Decatur's economy has changed from being manufacturing based to being powered by the service sector. The region is called the "Soybean Capital of the World" due to being home to the major agricultural companies, ADM and Tate & Lyle North America.

Decatur History

The city was established in 1836 and was named in tribute to Stephen Decatur, a hero during the War of 1812. The Great Western Railroad arrived in 1854 followed by the arrival of the Illinois Central. Due to the two railroads, the city became a flourishing manufacturing center. The first place of residence in Illinois for Abraham Lincoln was very near Decatur. One of his first political speeches was given in the city. Decatur was host to the Illinois Republican State Convention in 1860 where Lincoln was provided with his first endorsement for the presidency.

Decatur Higher Education

Decatur is home to Millikin University and Richland Community College.

Decatur Transportation

The city is home to Decatur International Airport. A Bus-trolley system provides transportation in the downtown and college campus areas.

Decatur Attractions

  • The Children's Museum of Illinois includes numerous interactive exhibits.
  • Macon County Museum Complex showcases exhibits of life during the "Prairie years" as well as the Victorian era. It also includes the historic log courthouse where Abraham Lincoln tried several law cases.
  • The Lincoln Trail Homestead Memorial features the home of Thomas Lincoln and his son Abraham Lincoln.
  • The historic Richard J. Oglesby Mansion includes historic furnishings.
  • Millikin Homestead features an impressive brick mansion.
  • Bethel School is a restored one room school house located at Friends Creek Conservation Center.
  • The Wabash Depot Antique Center was the headquarters of the Wabash Railroad company. The attractive restored building is popular for antique shopping.
  • Transfer House is an historic Victorian building.
  • Madden Arts Center features a wide variety of art exhibits.
  • The Kirkland Galleries & Kirkland Fine Arts Center is located in Millikin University and showcases art created by nationally know artists.

Decatur Entertainment

  • Scovill Zoo showcases Timberwolves, cheetahs and camels.
  • Kirkland Fine Arts Center auditorium features opera, Broadway touring groups, music and a variety of performances.
  • Central Illinois Jazz Festival is a notable event.
  • Downtown Madri Gras features a parade and Cajun food.
  • Decatur Celebration is one of the largest family street style festivals in the Midwest.
  • Downtown Decatur features numerous art galleries, pubs, unique shops, a variety of restaurants and nightlife.
  • Hickory Point Mall is a popular shopping location.
  • Blues in Central Park features prominent performers.
  • Avon Theater is a popular venue.

Decatur Activities

Lake Decatur provides opportunities for boating, fishing for bass and walleye and bird and wildlife watching. Fishing enthusiasts enjoy Sportsman's Park. The Rock Springs Conservation Area includes wetlands and bluffs. The Spitler Woods State Natural Area contains two scenic hiking trails and areas filled with white oak and hickory trees. Friends Creek Conservation Area includes three scenic nature trails and a diverse landscape.

The Decatur/Forsyth area features 39 parks. Residents and visitors enjoy hiking, bicycle riding, horseback riding and golfing at the local courses. The Decatur region was ranked number 18 by Golf Digest Magazine for factors such as accessibility and affordability. The Rock Springs/Fairview Bikeway is a popular destination for bicycle riders. During the winter, cross-country skiing, ice skating and sledding are popular activities.

Demographics

People

Total Population73,505
Male Share of the Population46.7%
Female Share of the Population53.3%
Senior Citizens18.3%
Employed Population 16+31,195
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married40.5%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.7%
Median Earnings25+$32,167
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,060
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,440

Wealth

Median Family Income$55,086
% Above Poverty Level78%
% Below Poverty Level22%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home2.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.5%
% Using Public Transportation2.1%

Housing

People Living Alone38.8%
Median Gross Rent$665
Median House Value$80,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.4%
Irish13.1%
English7.3%
Italian2.8%
French Except Basque2%
Dutch2%
Polish1.9%
Scottish1.6%
Swedish0.9%
African0.9%
Welsh0.8%
Norwegian0.7%
Czech0.5%
Arab0.3%
Greek0.3%
Austrian0.3%
Nigerian0.2%
Russian0.2%
Sudanese0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Kenyan0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Croatian0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Jordanian0.1%
Albanian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
German0.1%
Slovak0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Slovene0.1%
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Decatur Almanac

CategoryValue
County Macon County
Standard Zip Codes62522, 62523, 62526, 62521
P.O. Box Zip Codes62524, 62525
Phone Area Codes217
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude39.83
Approximate Longitude-89.05

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)

StationDECATUR
Distance0.5 miles
Jan Temp17 to 35 F
Apr Temp42 to 65 F
Jul Temp65 to 88 F
Oct Temp44 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.7 inches
StationMOWEAQUA
Distance14.7 miles
Jan Temp15 to 34 F
Apr Temp41 to 64 F
Jul Temp64 to 88 F
Oct Temp42 to 68 F
Annual Precip37.5 inches
StationWINDSOR
Distance33 miles
Jan Temp19 to 35 F
Apr Temp43 to 65 F
Jul Temp66 to 87 F
Oct Temp45 to 68 F
Annual Precip39.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Forsyth3,110$92,404
Harristown1,149$64,417
Macon1,116$72,847
Mount Zion5,979$97,361
Oreana854$55,313

Decatur Public Libraries

Decatur Public Library
130 NORTH FRANKLIN STREET
Decatur, Illinois
(217) 424-2900

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Decatur Hospitals

St Marys Hospital
(Non-profit)
1800 E Lake Shore Dr
(217) 464-7000
Decatur Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
2300 North Edward Street
(217) 877-8121

Decatur Public Schools

Eisenhower High School
1200 S 16th St
ZIP: 62521
(217) 362-3100
High
Total Enrollment 1041
Enterprise Elem School
2115 S Taylor Rd
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3246
Primary
Total Enrollment 304
Garfield Montessori School
300 Meadow Terrace Pl
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3270
Primary
Total Enrollment 382
Hope Academy
955 N Illinois St
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3335
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Johns Hill Magnet School
1025 E Johns Ave
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3197
Primary
Total Enrollment 492
Michael E Baum Elem School
801 S Lake Ridge Ave
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3191
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Muffley Elem School
88 S Country Club Rd
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3194
Primary
Total Enrollment 373
Phoenix Enrichment Center
1900 E Cleveland Ave
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3090
High
Total Enrollment 62
South Shores Elem School
2500 S Franklin Street Rd
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3243
Primary
Total Enrollment 301
St Marys Adolescent Ed Program
1800 E Lake Shore Dr
ZIP: 62521
(217) 464-5000
Other
Thomas Jefferson Middle School
4735 E Cantrell St
ZIP: 62521
(217) 424-3190
Middle
Total Enrollment 466
Dennis Elem School
1499 W Main St
ZIP: 62522
(217) 424-3237
Primary
Total Enrollment 419
Durfee Elem School
1000 W Grand Ave
ZIP: 62522
(217) 424-3254
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Mary W French Academy
520 W Wood St
ZIP: 62522
(217) 424-3273
Primary
Total Enrollment 294
Futures Unlimited
250 E William St
ZIP: 62523
(217) 429-1054
High
Total Enrollment 96
Milligan Academy Rssp
432 N Water St
ZIP: 62523
(217) 422-6110
Other
Total Enrollment 33
Stephen Decatur Middle School
300 E Eldorado St
ZIP: 62523
(217) 424-3071
Middle
Total Enrollment 346
Benjamin Franklin Elem School
2440 N Summit Ave
ZIP: 62526
(217) 424-3272
Primary
Total Enrollment 259
Macarthur High School
1 Educational Park
ZIP: 62526
(217) 424-3156
High
Total Enrollment 1073
Oak Grove Accelerated School
2160 W Center St
ZIP: 62526
(217) 424-3218
Primary
Total Enrollment 279
Parsons Accelerated School
3591 N Macarthur Rd
ZIP: 62526
(217) 876-8788
Primary
Total Enrollment 341
Pershing Early Learning Center
2912 N University Ave
ZIP: 62526
(217) 876-8327
Primary
Total Enrollment 457
Robertson Charter School
2240 E Geddes Ave
ZIP: 62526
(217) 428-7072
Primary
Total Enrollment 371
Stevenson Accelerated School
3900 N Neely Ave
ZIP: 62526
(217) 876-8751
Primary
Total Enrollment 281
William Harris Elem School
620 E Garfield Ave
ZIP: 62526
(217) 424-3231
Primary
Total Enrollment 298

Decatur Private Schools

Holy Family Catholic School
2400 S Franklin Street Rd
ZIP: 62521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 221
Prairie Flower Montessori School
3130 Turpin Rd
ZIP: 62521
Elementary
Total Enrollment 5
St Patrick School
412 N Jackson St
ZIP: 62523
Elementary
Total Enrollment 148
Antioch Christian Academy
3475 N Maple Ave
ZIP: 62526
Elementary
Total Enrollment 36
Lutheran School Association
2001 E Mound Rd
ZIP: 62526
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 532
Northwest Christian Campus
1306 N Stanley Ave
ZIP: 62526
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 42
Our Lady Of Lourdes School
3950 Lourdes Dr
ZIP: 62526
Elementary
Total Enrollment 213
St Teresa High School
2710 N Water St
ZIP: 62526
Secondary
Total Enrollment 286
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