I've lived here most of my life; Born at Decatur Memorial Hospital. I used to think this town and the surrounding areas were great growing up, but the town has gone to shit. We left in 2011 because of taxes and living issues, moved to Phoenix, AZ for 4 years, then came back. A lot changed in that time for the worst. Crime shot up, Lots of people got laid off, The Mall is dying, and most of the people in central Illinois are easily irritable for no reason. I live on one of the better sides of town, but crime has crept closer and closer to the more prosperous areas. The thing is, is that if you get stuck in the lower middle class, its a pain in the dick to get out. If you visit, I recommend seeing downtown and the historial district; Stay away from Eldorado and the east end. Visiting, it's a great place. Living? Nuh-uh. I do not recommend.