Decatur 74 Excellent
Decatur Livability #59 ranked city in Alabama#7,968 ranked city in the USARanks better than 72% of areas

Livability Awards

A Decatur Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Decatur Cost of Living Cost of living is 4% lower than Alabama
8416% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Decatur cost of living
F Decatur Crime Total crime is 81% higher than Alabama
Total crime
4,67899% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2299% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Decatur crime
D Decatur Employment Household income is 5% lower than Alabama
Median household income
$42,60223% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$24,96216% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%3% higher than the US average
Decatur employment
B- Decatur Housing Home value is 1% lower than Alabama
Median home value
$127,10031% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$61535% lower than the US average
Home ownership
60%5% lower than the US average
Decatur real estate or Decatur rentals
F Decatur Schools HS graduation rate is 2% lower than Alabama
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Decatur K-12 schools
A+ Decatur User Ratings There are a total of 9 ratings in Decatur
Overall user rating
85% 9 total ratings
User reviews rating
90% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
81% 7 total surveys
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      Living in Decatur, AL

      Decatur is a moderately-sized city located in the state of Alabama. The city has a population of 55,419 residents. At 71%, the majority of the Decatur population is White; this is followed by 22% Black and 1% Asian. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Decatur. With average one way commute time of only 21 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

      Without the right tools, relocating to any new area can be very stressful and challenging. Living in Decatur, Alabama could be a positive experience for anyone who puts in the time to do the research required. The best areas in Decatur and in surrounding cities are easier to find when you are able to make informed decisions. Using data from crime, weather, employment, housing, you will see a detailed breakdown of the most important information as well as comparisons to the Alabama and national averages.

      With a livability score of 71/100, Decatur is ranked #8,995 in the United States and #80 in Alabama. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Decatur has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (A), cost of living (B+), weather (B-) and housing (B-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Decatur. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (D-), education (F) and employment (D).

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Decatur, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Some of the interesting things to do and attractions include: Point Mallard Waterpark, Cook's Natural Science Museum, and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge.

      Decatur real estate prices and overall affordability will play a huge role in determining if the area is the right fit for you. Of course there are probably some other items on your “wish list”, but even before they are considered, let’s take a look at the home prices and affordability in Decatur. The median home price for Decatur homes is $127,100, which is 1.1% lower than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Decatur, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 3.4% higher than the Alabama average.

      Decatur transportation information

      Average one way commute21min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work87.3%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool9.3%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.5%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.3%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home1.6%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Decatur, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).