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Overview
Population:55,664
Pop. Change:4%
State: Alabama
Metro Area: Decatur Metro Area
County: Morgan County
City:Decatur
Zip Code:35601, 35603, ... 2 total
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Decatur's Real Estate Market
 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Decatur Metro Area

Profile: Small industrial city

Location: Extreme northern Alabama along the Tennessee River

Elevation: 590

Time zone: Central Standard Time

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Cost of livingSummer heat and humidity
Nearby water recreationArts and culture
Low crime rateLow educational attainment

Decatur is a northern Alabama transportation hub and manufacturing center for a variety of goods. The strategic location on the Tennessee River and key railroads brought Northern industrial interests following the Civil War, leaving the city with a strong imprint of fine older Victorian homes and some attractive parks. The Cost of Living Index of 82 is attractive and crime rates are low for the state and region. The Tennessee River provides some recreational opportunities, but the immediate area has few other leisure or arts amenities. That isn’t all bad, for the Decatur area lies only 25 miles west of Huntsville, a booming commercial and high tech center with plenty of amenities, plenty of jobs, and plenty to do. The location and good labor force have attracted a strong and diverse industrial base with some high-tech spillover from the Huntsville direction. The list of employers is long and everything from rocket engines to cat food is manufactured locally.

The town lies on a river plain on the southwest bank of the dammed-up Tennessee River. Land rises gently to the southwest into the William Bankhead National Forest, with hills to 1,100 feet. The climate is a humid subtropical and continental mix, with long, hot, muggy summers, and variable, wet winters with occasional snow.

Interesting Facts about Decatur, Alabama

As of 2014, Decatur's population is 55,664 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 4.09 percent.

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The median home cost in Decatur is $127,100. Home appreciation the last year has been -4.40 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Decatur's cost of living is 10.20% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Decatur public schools spend $9,998 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.8 students per teacher in Decatur.

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The unemployment rate in Decatur is 6.40 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Negative. Decatur jobs have Decreased by 2.23 percent.


Ranked #23 America's Most (and Least) Stressful Cities (117 Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #46 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #209 2005 Best Places to Live
Ranked #373 Best Green Cities
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Map Of Decatur

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Average Commute time is 20 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Decatur's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes