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Overview

Introduction to Decatur, Indiana

Located in Adams county, Decatur, Indiana, is 23 miles SE of Fort Wayne, Indiana (center to center) and 91 miles SW of Toledo, Ohio. The city is part of the Fort Wayne metropolitan statistical area (MSA).

Decatur History

Decatur was founded in 1836 by Samuel Rugg. The city was named in honor of Stephen Decatur, Jr., the prominent American naval hero. It became the county seat of Adams county on May 18, 1836. The county itself was established on March 1, 1836, and named after John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States. The Adams county courthouse was built in 1872 - 1873, and was designed by J. C. Johnson.

Decatur and nearby Attractions

  • Adams county Historical Museum
  • Ouabache State Park
  • African American Historical Museum
  • Limberlost State Historic Site
  • Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area
  • Science Central

Things To Do In Decatur

Decatur has a number of parks, including the Stratton Park, Hanna City Park, and McMillen Park. The Adams County Historical Museum showcases the history of this area. The Lincoln Museum, Allen county - Fort Wayne Historical Society Museum, Science Central, and Cathedral Museum are also nearby. The Pigeon River State Fish and Wildlife Area, and Ouabache State Park offer many recreational opportunities.

Decatur Transportation

Fort Wayne International Airport is less than half an hour's drive away.

Decatur Higher Education

Higher education is available at Ball State University, Ivy Tech State College - East Central, and Indiana Wesleyan University.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,384
Male Share of the Population49%
Female Share of the Population51%
Senior Citizens15.2%
Employed Population 16+4,331
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married48%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher13.6%
Median Earnings25+$31,359
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$21,023
Median Earnings With High School Degree$30,196

Wealth

Median Family Income$53,007
% Above Poverty Level82.9%
% Below Poverty Level17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home1.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone34.1%
Median Gross Rent$537
Median House Value$91,200

Ancestry

German31%
Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.5%
Irish9.3%
English7.9%
Swiss4.1%
French Except Basque3.1%
Scottish2%
Dutch1.4%
Welsh1.3%
Austrian0.5%
Polish0.5%
Swedish0.5%
Russian0.4%
Canadian0.3%
Italian0.2%
Serbian0.2%
Belgian0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
African0.1%
Turkish0.1%
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Decatur Almanac

CategoryValue
County Adams County
Standard Zip Codes46733
Phone Area Codes260
Time ZoneAmerica/Indiana/Indianapolis
Approximate Latitude40.83
Approximate Longitude-84.92

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)

StationBERNE
Distance11.4 miles
Jan Temp17 to 32 F
Apr Temp39 to 61 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 64 F
Annual Precip38.4 inches
StationBLUFFTON 1 N
Distance13.6 miles
Jan Temp16 to 30 F
Apr Temp40 to 58 F
Jul Temp64 to 84 F
Oct Temp42 to 63 F
Annual Precip36.5 inches
StationHARTFORD CITY 4 ESE
Distance33.2 miles
Jan Temp18 to 33 F
Apr Temp41 to 62 F
Jul Temp63 to 84 F
Oct Temp43 to 65 F
Annual Precip37.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Berne3,982$59,778
Bluffton9,702$49,091
Monroe612$65,875
Monroeville1,156$50,400
Ossian3,770$67,727
Uniondale309$60,938

Decatur Public Libraries

Adams Public Library System
128 SOUTH 3RD STREET
Decatur, Indiana
(260) 724-2605

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Decatur Hospitals

Adams Memorial Hospital
(Government - Local)
1100 Mercer Ave
(260) 724-2145

Decatur Public Schools

Bellmont Middle School
1200 North Adams Dr
ZIP: 46733
(260) 724-3137
Middle
Total Enrollment 479
Bellmont Senior High School
1000 North Adams Dr
ZIP: 46733
(260) 724-7121
High
Total Enrollment 704
Northwest Elementary
1109 Dayton St
ZIP: 46733
(260) 724-3633
Primary
Total Enrollment 319
Southeast Elementary School
901 Everhart Dr
ZIP: 46733
(260) 724-3118
Primary
Total Enrollment 291

Decatur Private Schools

Countryside School
1342 S 250 E
ZIP: 46733
Elementary
Total Enrollment 64
Pleasant Mills Schools
1743 N Salem Rd
ZIP: 46733
Elementary
Total Enrollment 74
St Joseph School
127 N 4th St
ZIP: 46733
Elementary
Total Enrollment 299
St Peter-immanuel Lutheran School
3845 E 1100 N
ZIP: 46733
Elementary
Total Enrollment 60
Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School
11565 N Us Highway 27
ZIP: 46733
Elementary
Total Enrollment 184
Zion Lutheran School
1022 W Monroe St
ZIP: 46733
Elementary
Total Enrollment 86
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