Decatur 56 Poor
Decatur Livability #1,195 ranked city in Illinois#25,679 ranked city in the USARanks better than 12% of areas

Livability Awards

A+ Decatur Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
A- Decatur Cost of Living Cost of living is 17% lower than Illinois
8218% less expensive than the US average
982% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Decatur cost of living
F Decatur Crime Total crime is 46% higher than Illinois
Total crime
3,29432% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3132% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-2%Year over year crime is down
Decatur crime
F Decatur Employment Household income is 31% lower than Illinois
Median household income
$40,77726% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$23,60121% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
7%56% higher than the US average
Decatur employment
F Decatur Housing Home value is 54% lower than Illinois
Median home value
$80,30057% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$65431% lower than the US average
Home ownership
62%3% lower than the US average
Decatur real estate or Decatur rentals
F Decatur Schools HS graduation rate is 5% lower than Illinois
High school grad. rates
81%3% lower than the US average
School test scores
13%74% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
22:136% higher than the US average
Decatur K-12 schools
F Decatur User Ratings There are a total of 13 ratings in Decatur
Overall user rating
39% 13 total ratings
User reviews rating
43% 3 total reviews
User surveys rating
37% 10 total surveys
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      Living in Decatur, IL

      Decatur, Illinois is a medium-sized city with a population of 74,063 inhabitants. If we look at the most recent Census, Decatur is known to have a predominantly White population. The next two most common races are Black and Asian. Not a fan of sitting in traffic? One big advantage of living in Decatur is the reasonable commute times to work. With an average one way commute time of 17 minutes, getting to work is faster than the national average of 26 minutes.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new area to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Decatur could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Illinois if you know where to search. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, housing and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Decatur and in the areas around Decatur is a much easier task.

      Decatur has a livability score of 59 out of 100 and is ranked #1,045 in Illinois and #24,256 in the USA. Compared to the United States average, this area has a score which ranks among the lowest in the nation, and it is not considered a very livable city. There are seven total categories that form the livability score. Decatur scores well for amenities (A+) and cost of living (A-). There is at least one category that did not score well in Decatur. The following was graded with a concerning score: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (F).

      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: Kirkland Fine Arts Center, Scovill Golf Course, and Hickory Point Golf Course.

      Being close to public transportation, grocery stores, parks and other conveniences are all important when weighing your options for a new home in Decatur. Before you determine if any of these amenities are available in the area, you will also want to know if the real estate prices in Decatur are affordable. The median home price for Decatur homes is $80,300, which is 54.1% lower than the Illinois 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 2, which is 33.3% lower than the Illinois average. Purchasing your new home can come with many financial benefits, some of which are more lucrative than others. Perhaps the most notable benefit could be the appreciation of your new home. Home appreciation rates are a good way to generate tax-free equity on a long term basis. The year over year appreciation rates in Decatur were 8.8%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 0.7%.

      Decatur transportation information

      Average one way commute17min29min26min
      Workers who drive to work81.0%73.4%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.7%8.3%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit1.8%9.2%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.3%0.6%0.6%
      Workers who walk2.6%3.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.8%4.4%4.6%

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