DeKalb County, Georgia
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Compared to greater Atlanta, Decatur's population is small -- only 20,380. But the city provides a respite e by preserving local historical buildings and maintaining a walkable, attractive downtown area.
An intown suburb of the metropolitan area, Decatur has three MARTA rail stations, making it easy to reach any other point in Atlanta within an hour. Decatur residents also have access to several high-achieving schools in DeKalb County, including DeKalb School of the Arts, where students scored an average of 1722 in 2015. The town has been referred to as "Mayberry meets Berkeley" by The New York Times and was recently named among Livability's Top 100 Best Small Towns. Students who hope to stay close to home can also choose between two higher-learning institutes in the area -- Agnes Scott College, a private liberal arts institution for women, and a Decatur campus of Georgia Perimeter College.
Residents living in the approximate 8,523 households in Decatur make upwards of $73,000, according to U.S. Census Bureau. Locals are also highly educated, with more than 70 percent having earned a bachelor's degree or higher. Opportunities for community involvement in Decatur are high. The city has several organizations dedicated to environmental protection; a program called Volunteer! Decatur also strives to match residents with tutoring, coaching and other charitable activities that help out town non-profits and events.
Decatur has numerous town homes, lofts, and suburban houses that make great initial homes for budding families. The median value of homes in the area is $339,000, and apartments can be rented for as low as $600 in some parts of the city. Fuqua Development announced plans earlier in the year to add 450 apartments to an existing complex with 250 units.
For those looking for a chance to integrate themselves into a local community, Decatur provides a perfect small-town atmosphere while still remaining within minutes of Atlanta. The Your DeKalb Farmer's Market and shops in Decatur Square also make the area's retail perfect for young, health conscious professionals and families hoping to live on an budget.
The small stores, the familiar faces and the numerous opportunities to volunteer for town events. Local staples such as the Decatur Ghost Tours add color and local history, and nearby institutions such as Agnes Scott College provide a magnet for the performing arts and those geared toward theater.
Recent graduates, retirees growing families and commuters working the metro area will find Decatur's atmosphere perfect for its convenience and quiet charm. Quality education at nearby private and public schools will also benefit families with school-age children.
Around the Area
Besides volunteering to help local residents at retirement homes and tutoring at nearby schools, Decatur residents can find several activities in town. Those interested in performance can join the local dance company or the Decatur Civic Chorus. The city is also home to several creative gatherings , such as Porchfest and the Decatur Wine Festival.
DeKalb History Center Museum
Located in the city's historic Old Courthouse, the museum documents DeKalb's history and includes displays on the Civil War and Civil Rights movement. Visitors can also use the museum's resources to research genealogy and other events dealing with local history.
Your DeKalb Farmer's Market
This expansive farmer's market features fresh produce and low-cost spices from locations around the world. Employees hail from more than 40 countries and speak 50 different languages and dialects, making the location popular among a diverse array of communities. The market also sells a wide range of seafood and other meats, as well as freshly-made pastries, pastas and sauces.
Downtown Decatur has dozens of restaurants, small boutiques and stores to interest the everyday shopper. Downtown also plays host to a number of public art displays and sculptures, as well as historic buildings constructed in the early 1900s.
The Waffle House Museum
At the site of the first Waffle House, the chain displays memorabilia from the company's 60-year history in this Decatur restaurant on East College Avenue. The restaurant has also been restored to capture an authentic 1950s feel.
Decatur Ghost Tours
Decatur Ghost Tours takes patrons through the haunted history at several older buildings in the town's historic district, and also features a twilight visit to the Old Decatur Cemetery. The walking tour comes highly praised for its researched tales detailing the town's past.