Decatur, GA
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Decatur is a medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 23,832 people and 36 constituent neighborhoods, Decatur is the 44th largest community in Georgia.

Decatur home prices are not only among the most expensive in Georgia, but Decatur real estate also consistently ranks among the most expensive in America.

Decatur is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 94.50% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Decatur is a city of professionals, managers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Decatur who work in management occupations (17.60%), teaching (11.57%), and healthcare (9.32%).

Of important note, Decatur is also a city of artists. Decatur has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Decatur’s character.

Also of interest is that Decatur has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

And if you like science, one thing you'll find is that Decatur has lots of scientists living in town - whether they be life scientists, physical scientists (like astronomers), or social scientists (like geographers!). So, if you're scientific-minded, you might like it here too.

A relatively large number of people in Decatur telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 12.95% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.

Like elsewhere in America, most people in Decatur use a private automobile to get to work. But notably, a substantial number of Decatur‘s citizens do make use of public transit in their daily commute, primarily riding the subway. This helps more people get to work with less air pollution, and require fewer highways to get them there.

If knowledge is power, Decatur is a pretty powerful place. 71.67% of the adults in Decatur have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $48,043, which is wealthy relative to Georgia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $192,172 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. Important ancestries of people in Decatur include English, German, Irish, Scottish, and French.

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