Decatur, AL
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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, Decatur isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Decatur are a mix 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%).

Decatur has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Decatur has quite a high level of public transit users. Decatur’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

In terms of college education, Decatur is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 25.24% of adults 25 and older in the city 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.