A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    A+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

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%

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

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 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!
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Small city within a big city with great schools, restaurants and people. Lots of charm on old houses. The downtown area always has something to do whether it's festivals, restaurants or just a stroll. The public transit is in the center so you get to Atlanta easy or drive. The farmers market is around the corner and there's lots of trails for walking or bike riding. It's the place to be!
Decatur is a little blue dot in the ocean of red that is Georgia. As such, its greatness in every aspect is in relation to what is around it: a lot of dysfunctional public schools, and generally poor public services. I do believe this is one of the best places to live in GA if you must live in GA. But along with that "best in GA", comes a great deal of wasting time patting yourself on the back. After almost 2 years of sending our kid to the local (highly lauded, #2 in the state!) public elementary school we had to pull him out to go to a private school. We're lucky that the relatively low cost of living in the South (compared to Northeast and West coast) allows us to do this, but its entirely driven by a public school system that looks so good compared to everything around it, that everyone thinks its the best. Using Niche's own data, Decatur is only in the top 5% of public schools nationally