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  1. Public Schools
    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B+
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
About Decatur...
Population
21,210

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$384,300
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$894
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Decatur Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    53
    283
  • Murder
    4
    6
  • Rape
    5
    41
  • Robbery
    116
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    379
    500
  • Theft
    1,800
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    160
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$81,598
National
$55,322
Children
27%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    35%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    14%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    9%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%
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Decatur Reviews

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I love it here! My family and I moved here from Utah, and are originally from Miami, but Decatur has been a great city for us. We live in the area dubbed North Decatur, so it's quite different from what natives may associate Decatur with as this area is more gentrified than the south side. We live within 5 minutes of Emory University, there's a ton of options for healthy food and lifestyle trends nearby. My wife takes our 2-year old daughter to a ton of activities either here at downtown Decatur. Whether you're single or married with or without kids, North Decatur has a ton to offer you.Highly recommend!
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Decatur is centrally located to major shopping areas, local food places and hospitals. There are 2 large hospitals within 10 minutes of down-town Decatur. The school system is one of the best in the Country and there is always something to do on the square in town. There are festivals for adults and children and on Saturday nights in May, June and July there are free concerts on the Square. A popular club is Eddie's Attic where Sugarland, John Mayer and the Indigo Girls got their careers going. It's great!
Pros: Small town feel in a major metro area. Nice homes and more walkable than most places in the southeast. Some great restaurant and pub choices. Progressive and family oriented community. 3 transit stations. Access to some of Atlantas best attractions. Near a huge international farmers market and Emory University.
Cons: Summer weather can be very humid and there are often regional ozone smog alerts. Expansive cemetery but very little green space other than that. Police have gotten more militant to help keep crime at bay at the fringes of the city. A lot of suburban sprawl has popped up around the edges (Walmarts, Mattress Firms, etc.) which has created even worse traffic. Traffic is so bad there are parts of the day you can get trapped and there are some parts of the city of Atlanta that you no longer venture to because it takes forever to get there and just feels so...apocalyptic.