Decatur, AL
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Decatur is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Alabama. With a population of 55,345 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 (12.36%), office and administrative support (11.59%), and management occupations (8.60%).

The education level of Decatur citizens is a little higher than the average for US cities and towns: 24.87% of adults in Decatur have at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $24,312, 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 $97,248 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 12.39% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Decatur include English, German, Scottish, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Decatur is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Hindi.