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A Decatur Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B+ Decatur Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Alabama
8614% less expensive than the US average
8911% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Decatur cost of living
D- Decatur Crime Total crime is 30% higher than Alabama
Total crime
4,51864% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2364% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-1%Year over year crime is down
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
37%25% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
14:110% lower than the US average
Decatur K-12 schools

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.

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Why Decatur, Alabama Will Always Be Home!

Outside of Huntsville, Alabama, is a little town I call home; Decatur. My family still resides in this small town and when I visit I am overwhelmed with the southern charm the city boasts. While you won't find fancy streets like Rodeo Drive, you will find small streets with friendly neighbors waving as you pass. To some it may be a country little town, but to me it will always be the place that makes me feel warm inside.

Driving through the downtown area, you will find a normal city with hotels, quaint shops and restaurants. The Tennessee River is a favorite place of mine to visit, as well as many of the other locals. Boating, fishing and passing the day are a great way to spend time on such a nice river. Every time I go home, I always take my nieces to the River Wild children's garden to play. It is such a nice park that is clean and has ample equipment for children to enjoy.

My family loves the theater. Every year we go to The Princess Theater and watch a fabulous production. This little theater has been in existence since 1887 and is a great event for the whole family to enjoy. A night at the theater is every complete without dinner. There are ample dinner selections and ever kind of cuisines you could imagine. The prices are good and the food exceptional.

When selecting a neighborhood to live in, a family is usually concerned about safety. Decatur has some of the lowest crime rates in the state, which makes finding a house even easier. For those who might be interested in making Decatur home, the schools are top rated and there are two hospitals right in the city. With a great family atmosphere and being a safe, community oriented town to raise children, Decatur will always be home to me.
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