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


-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.


Quick Facts About Decatur

    The unemployment rate in Decatur is 10.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Decatur jobs have Increased by 1.43 percent.
    Compared to the rest of the country, Decatur's cost of living is 21.70% Lower than the U.S. average.
    As of 2014, Decatur's population is 76,091 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of -6.58 percent.
    Average Commute time is 17 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.
    The median home cost in Decatur is $77,500. Home appreciation the last year has been -3.90 percent.
    Decatur public schools spend $10,991 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 19.4 students per teacher in Decatur.

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re: Wonderful Town - 11/10/2010
I was born in Decatur, in 1952, and I lived there for 25 years. I am now living in Waikiki Beach (Honolulu, Hawaii), and I could never go back to Decatur, to live. The... (read more)
Growing up and living in Decatur Illinois. First of all Decatur is a community totaly dependent on ADM (Archier Daniel Midland Inc- The story for the movie The... (read more)
re: Decatur - Pros/Cons - 2/10/2008
Staley/Tate and Lyle certainly supports the stink in Decatur. Another pro of Decatur is how friendly people are. I work in Decatur a lot and deal with very friendly... (read more)
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