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    A+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    A-
  8. Weather
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  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
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  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
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Decatur is a suburb of Atlanta with a population of 23,054. Decatur is in DeKalb County and is one of the best places to live in Georgia. Living in Decatur offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents own their homes. In Decatur there are a lot of bars, restaurants, coffee shops, and parks. Many families and young professionals live in Decatur and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Decatur are highly rated.
About Decatur...
Population
23,054

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$466,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$927
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    34%
  • Own
    66%
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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
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    69.4
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.2
    6.1
  • Rape
    8.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    77.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    249.1
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,943.6
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    159.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    19%
  • 10-17 years
    12%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    17%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    12%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    38%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    34%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    12%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    10%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    5%
    13%

Working in Decatur

Jobs
A-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$93,039
National
$55,322
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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 a very close knit city. There’s always a chance you’ll run into someone you know at the store. There’s lot of activities for young children and teens to participate in, that help hem get involved in the community and give back. There’s also organized sports outside of school. Decatur resides within Dekalb County, and this has a pretty close relationship with the Fire Rescue Department. The fire department does lots of community oriented activities, and also the county has a fire explorers program. Overall, decatur is a pretty good city with lots of activities.
Decatur is a very diverse community, with lots of people from many different places. The public school system is also nice, it's clear that the teachers care deeply about their students, and the students themselves are very welcoming to newcomers. However, the real estate market is very pricey, and due to the small size of the town, the traffic can be bad during certain times of the day, particularly when the schools get out. The people in Decatur are very welcoming, and overall it is a nice place to live.