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  1. Public Schools
    C
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    A-
Decatur is a town in Illinois with a population of 73,505. Decatur is in Macon County. Living in Decatur offers residents a dense suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Decatur there are a lot of bars and parks. Many families, young professionals, and retirees live in Decatur and residents tend to have moderate political views.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$80,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$665
National
$949
Area Feel
Dense 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
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    328.1
    282.7
  • Murder
    12.6
    6.1
  • Rape
    41.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    117.3
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    862.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,849.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    149.4
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    11%
  • 25-34 years
    14%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    14%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    13%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    34%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    12%
    13%

Working in Decatur

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$41,977
National
$55,322
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Decatur, although struggling in some aspects, has made leaps and bounds in the past decade to beautify and modernize itself. Downtown improvements have also made it a more popular place for nightlife, and there is always events going on in town. Whether it be fundraisers, cool outdoor music, or even art festivals! I would recommend Decatur for someone who wants a lot to do, but the feeling of a medium sized town.
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Decatur, IL has always been "home" for me, so I do view the town in a positive light and see many admirable qualities about it. Over the past few years, there have been several new businesses, restaurants, and recreational activities that have made their way to Decatur, which is positive for the growth for our community. I have lived in Decatur all of my life, and would say that Decatur makes a great place to live for any age group, including family units. I recognize beauty everywhere I go, so for me it is not hard to enjoy living here!
I grew up in Forsyth. The pros of Decatur - very friendly people, moderate politically, If your in the suburbs its super safe, its a buyers market for real estate, the Zoo and the Children's Museum. Its half way between Chicago and St. Louis so you can go for the weekend to either. Cons - Its a dying town. The big companies are moving out. ADM moved their HQ out of Decatur to Chicago taking a lot of rich people with them. Theres not much to do in Decatur, its a small town. Theres not that diverse of places to eat. There are just not jobs here. The down is declining. It wasn't the worst place to grow up but it certainly could have been better. The schools are pretty pathetic. They didn't even offer AP classes at my school.