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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 54,844. Decatur is in Morgan County. Living in Decatur offers residents a 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
54,844

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$130,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$625
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    38%
  • Own
    62%
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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
    212.9
    282.7
  • Murder
    16.4
    6.1
  • Rape
    36.4
    40.7
  • Robbery
    96.4
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    784.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,056.9
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    314.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    13%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    8%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    13%
  • 65+ years
    16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    7%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    33%
    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
$43,176
National
$55,322
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Decatur Reviews

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I would love to see our roads to be repaved and for new entertainment places to be brought in. Yet overall Decatur is a simple, diverse community and everyone knows each other. Everyone usually gathers together for our holiday and homecoming parades and for our rival high school games. Decatur is filled with many generic fast food restaurants, many dollar stores, the local walmart and target, our AMF bowling alley and a few nicer restaurants. It's a nice city to settle down in for a simpler life.
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I like the size of Decatur. It is big enough to offer arts, music and nice restaurants, but small enough to know the benefit of small town shopping. Decatur is not necessarily the best place to find the person you'll marry; it's too small for that. However, it is a great place to rear a family. The elementary schools are exceptional. Teachers know and take time with each of their students, and there is a low student to teacher ratio. However, Decatur does struggle with it's middle and high schools. Test scores are not where they should be, and participation in extra-curricular activities like band is low. Like many smaller towns, football is king. Sports, in general, get most of the funding and bring in most of the city's participation. I've loved growing up in Decatur, and now I'm ready to see what else is out there for me.
The town is more suited to older people with families and retirees. Not much to do for young people. I'm a bit surprised about some reviewers' favorable rating of the schools. The schools in Decatur are not great. Brookhaven Middle School is particularly bad and while I was there, the school failed to meet state academic standards.