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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.

Cost of living and home prices especially are among the lowest in the region and the U.S., and as measured by the Home Price Ratio, home prices are a bargain relative to local incomes. The crime rate, high for the region, bears watching. The city is fairly plain and doesn’t offer much in terms of entertainment or cultural amenities, but it does have a historic district with a mix of older homes, including some designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, and some Abraham Lincoln and Civil War sites.

The terrain is level and agricultural. Climate is typical continental with warm summers, fairly cold winters, and sharp seasonal changes. Considerable variation takes place within seasons. Summers are typically warm and humid with periods of mainly afternoon showers and thundershowers, and a few cooler, drier spells. Precipitation is more or less evenly distributed through the year. Spring and fall are typical for the region, with windy, changeable springs and relatively calm autumns with periods of warm, dry Indian summers. First freeze is mid-October, last is mid-April.


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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