Decatur, GA Health


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Decatur, Georgia is a small city located in DeKalb County. Despite its size, Decatur boasts a broad range of health care options for its citizens. The local hospitals and medical facilities provide many services to the community. The DeKalb Medical Center is located near downtown Decatur and provides both emergency care and specialized treatments. Furthermore, Decatur has several smaller clinics that specialize in family medicine, pediatrics, and physical therapy. These clinics offer convenient access to medical care with shorter wait times than at larger hospital locations. Additionally, there are several urgent care centers in the area providing 24-hour service for minor medical issues such as sprains or colds that require immediate attention. With these quality health care providers available in Decatur, residents can easily access essential healthcare services when needed.

The health of a city has many different factors. It can refer to air quality, water quality, risk of getting respiratory disease or cancer. The people you live around can also affect your health as some places have lower or higher rates of physical activity, increased alcohol intake, smoking, obesity, and cancer rates.

Physicians per Capita

There are 317 physicians per 100,000 population in Decatur. The US average is 210 per 100,000 people.

Health Cost Index

The annual BestPlaces Health Cost Index for the Decatur area is 89.8 (lower=better). The US average is 100.

89.8 / 100

Example: 110 = 10% more expensive than national average.

Water Qualtiy Index

The annual BestPlaces Water Quality Index for the Decatur area is 32 (100=best). The US average is 55.

32 / 100

Note that this is a measure of Watershed quality, not the water that comes from your faucet. The EPA has stated that a healthy watershed is closely related to drinking water quality. The EPA has a complex method of measuring watershed quality using 15 indicators such as pH, chemicals, metals, and bacteria.

Superfund Index

The annual BestPlaces Superfund Index for the Decatur area is 96 (100=best). The US average is 87.

96 / 100

The EPA's Superfund program is responsible for cleaning up some of our nation's most contaminated land. Our index is based on the number of active Superfund sites (over 15,000 in the United States), with particular attention paid to those on the National Priorities List which pose the greatest health danger.

Quick Facts

Commuting can effect your health. The average person in Decatur commutes 26.6 minutes one-way, which is longer than the US average of 26.4 minutes.

Air Quality Index

The annual BestPlaces Air Quality Index for the Decatur area is 36 (100=best). The US average is 58.

36 / 100

This is based on new measures of hazardous air pollutants from the EPA, called the National Air Toxics Assessment. This analysis models respiratory illness and cancer risk down to the zip code level, providing better detail and insight than the previous analysis based solely on results from air monitoring stations.

Air Quality Health Risk
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I have lived in this city for over a year. Even though the area I live in is quiet and the neighbors are nice, the crime that happens around my area is terrible. It  More

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Over 13 years ago

Depending on where you live in Decatur, you will have a different view of the city. Here in Georgia, you have the peculiar situation of having both a city of Decatur and  More

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Over 14 years ago

I am currently living in Memphis, Tn. I am considering moving to Georgia! How is the job market there, and which cities do you recommend to consider buying a  More

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