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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B+
Decatur is a town in Alabama with a population of 54,617. Decatur is in Morgan County. Living in Decatur offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families and young professionals live in Decatur and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Decatur are above average.
About Decatur...
Population
54,617

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$133,000
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$645
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%
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Decatur Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    254.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    57.2
    40.7
  • Robbery
    107
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    820.9
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,121.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    315.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    17%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    32%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    26%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%

Working in Decatur

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$45,048
National
$55,322
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Decatur Reviews

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I was born and raised in Decatur. It is a great small city that is growing. People here are caring and nice. I've lived here all my life and growing up here has made me be thankful because things have changed a lot for the better. We have more and better things. We don't have tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, bad floods etc. some people have it worse and I'm thankful we don't have that. There is no perfect city, theres things that need fixing like roads and better job employment. Our officers and firefighters, doctors, teachers are all great. I love my city I'm glad I was born and raised here.
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I've lived in Decatur for nearly 30 years now. I've moved away for school and different jobs, but it's been home consistently. There are things I'd change, but I think that's born out of familiarity. Overall, Decatur has always been a safe place to live, and cost of living is very reasonable. There are lots of places to shop, plenty of restaurants, a couple of attractions, and there is more of all of the above in nearby cities.
Decatur has many parks, along with several running and walking trails. We have bike lanes on several roads. Also, Decatur has a newly opened dog park. Decatur’s citizens are active and when they want something, they get it done. The dog park is a great example of what the people of Decatur can accomplish.