Decatur, GA, City and Higher Education Facts

Decatur, Georgia, is the county seat of suburban DeKalb County, just outside of the state capital of Atlanta. Home to a well-educated, diverse population of professionals, Decatur features access to the many cultural offerings of the greater Atlanta area. Decatur has four nonprofit postsecondary schools, including nationally ranked Agnes Scott College.

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Information about Decatur, Georgia

Just six miles from downtown Atlanta, Decatur, Georgia, is the second oldest municipality in the metropolitan area as well as being the seat of DeKalb County. As of 2014, Decatur had a population of 20,380, based on U.S. Census Bureau estimates. The city is diverse, with about 20% of residents identifying as black or African American in 2010, and well-educated, with over 70% of residents 25 and older holding bachelor's degrees.

Though Decatur itself is primarily residential, it does host a number of annual community events, including a book festival, outdoor concerts and a beer festival. Its quaint downtown square is ideal for such arrangements, as is its temperate year-round weather. The city is home to the Georgia Perimeter Botanical Garden, a free botanical garden that features more than 4,000 species of plants that are native to the southeastern United States. Nearby Atlanta plays host to a wide variety of major attractions and entertainment venues, including major league football, basketball and baseball teams, the Underground Atlanta shopping center and the Georgia Aquarium.

Higher Education in Decatur

In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked Agnes Scott College in Decatur 67th among national liberal arts colleges. This private college, which offers only bachelor's degrees, had 873 students as of Fall 2014, 99% of whom were women.

Decatur also is home to Georgia Perimeter College, a 2-year public school with over 21,300 students, as well as Columbia Theological Seminary and Gupton Jones College of Funeral Science.

Economic and Employment Information

For the years 2010-2014, the median household income in Decatur was $77,202, compared to a statewide median of $49,342. Major employers in the city include county and city government, the Emory University Health Systems Emory Clinic, the U.S. Postal Service and DeKalb Medical Center. Educational institutions also play a major role in the economy, with the Decatur Board of Education, Agnes Scott College, DeVry and Columbia Theological Seminary among major employers in Decatur.

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