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Living a Small town Lifestyle in Decatur, Georgia

Although considered a suburb of Atlanta, Decatur is a vibrant town in its own right. With a population of just over 20,000 (2013 census), it boasts a small town feel with a walkable and historic downtown, while being tech friendly by offering municipal wi-fi. Named after Stephen Decatur, a 19th century U.S. Naval hero, Decatur offers easy transit to downtown Atlanta and has been recognized as a Bicycle Friendly Community.

Where to Retire in Decatur and Home Prices

Downtown are townhouses, condominiums and lofts. reports the median sale price of a home in Decatur was about $210,000 in late 2014. Zillow reports it to be much higher at $301,315 in late 2015.

What is special about Decatur

Decatur is a college town with a low crime rate, a medical center, a great library, and is considered a very walkable and bike friendly community.

What is not special about Decatur

It's hard to find what is not special about this community except to say winters are chilly with temperatures only in the 40's. 

Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 45 degrees, with the average July temperture about 80 degrees.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

The town offers audio walking tours of its historic downtown, with restaurants, shops, and art galleries to visit, along with parks and community gardens. Several festivals and community-wide events are held throughout the year. Emory University adds much to the cultural scene in Decatur with concerts, theater performances, and a full calendar of the arts.


The crime rate in Decatur is low.

Medical facilities

Dekalb Medical Center is a not-for-profit hospital system located in Decatur.


MARTA has rail stations within Decatur; there is free shuttle service between Emory University and downtown; the town offers bike lanes and bike parking; Amtrak and Hatfield Jackson Atlanta International Airport are just minutes away in Atlanta.

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