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Pros

-Small-town atmosphere
-Cost of living and housing
-Stable employment

Cons

-Entertainment
-Arts and culture
-Low future job growth


What Bert Has To Say About Decatur Metro Area


Decatur forms the bottom point of a 90-mile wide, 40-mile-tall diamond formed by Springfield to the west, Bloomington-Normal to the north, and Champaign-Urbana to the east. Common to the area, agriculture dominates the commercial activity and the local landscape. Agricultural processing giant Archer Daniels Midland has its headquarters in Decatur, and Caterpillar and agricultural processor Tate & Lyle also operate large plants.


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Quick Facts About Decatur


    ECONOMY
    The unemployment rate in Decatur is 7.80 percent(U.S. avg. is 5.20%). Recent job growth is Positive. Decatur jobs have Increased by 0.80 percent.
    COST OF LIVING
    Compared to the rest of the country, Decatur's cost of living is 23.50% Lower than the U.S. average.
    POPULATION
    As of 2014, Decatur's population is 73,254 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -12.67 percent.
    TRANSPORTATION
    Average Commute time is 25 minutes. The National Average is 26 minutes.
    REAL ESTATE
    The median home cost in Decatur is $81,875. Home appreciation the last year has been -0.36 percent.
    SCHOOLS
    Decatur public schools spend $14,681 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,383. There are about 20.4 students per teacher in Decatur.

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  3/14/2013
Hot in the summer; cold, windy, and cloudy in the

I was sent here by the company I worked for in the '90's and was not initially impressed with midwest living. However, over the years I got used to living in the "Pride... (Read More)

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  2/22/2012
Has Changed not for the Better!!!

I grew up in Decatur and I still have family there, but it depresses me to see what it has become. It has a high unemployment rate, many business have closed or are run... (Read More)

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  12/18/2011
Drive-thru liquor windows

If you enjoy drinking & driving, Decatur's fifteen drive-thru liquor windows, three times the # of drive-thru's than the ten largest cities in Illinois, COMBINED, will... (Read More)

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