Decatur is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 55,072 people and 15 constituent neighborhoods, Decatur is the eighth largest community in Alabama.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Decatur is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Decatur is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Decatur who work in sales jobs (12.54%), office and administrative support (11.25%), and management occupations (8.95%).
Many people in Decatur take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Decatur citizens for affordable transportation.
The percentage of people in Decatur who are college-educated is somewhat higher than the average US community of 21.84%: 25.24% of adults in Decatur have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $24,962, which is upper middle income relative to Alabama, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $99,848 for a family of four. However, Decatur contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Decatur is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Decatur home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Decatur residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Decatur also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 12.75% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Decatur include English, German, Scots-Irish, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Decatur is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Native American languages.