Decatur, GA
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Decatur is a medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 21,957 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 95.82% 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 (17.35%), teaching (13.09%), and office and administrative support (8.06%).

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 11.11% 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.

For the size of the city, public transportation in Decatur is quite heavily used. Mostly, people who use it for their daily commute are taking the subway. For Decatur, the benefits are reduced air pollution and congestion on the highways.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Decatur. 72.75% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Decatur in 2010 was $44,572, which is wealthy relative to Georgia and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $178,288 for a family of four. However, Decatur contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Decatur is a very 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 German, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

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