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Decatur is a city in Morgan County. (The community straddles Morgan and Limestone counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

It is the county seat.

The community was named for U.S. naval officer Commodore Stephen Decatur

The latitude of Decatur is 34.605N. The longitude is -86.983W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 561 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 54,239.


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Median household income
Local
$37,192
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Decatur demographic reports
Decatur is on the Tennessee River
Settled by many of Andrew Jackson's troops
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 221. The number of murders and homicides was 4. The violent crime rate was 4.1 per 1,000 people.
Filming location for:
· 1995 movie, "Tom and Huck"
Local festivals include:
  • Alabama Jubilee Hot-air Balloon Classic - May 26-27, 2007
  • Southern Wildlife Festival - Oct. 20-21, 2007
  • Corn Day - July 7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Decatur web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Decatur attractions: Point Mallard Park
Historic sites and museums: Old State Bank Museum, Cook's Natural Science Museum
Colleges and universities: John C Calhoun State Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
Gays & lesbians
National index: 100
Local index: 91

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10% of Decatur residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Decatur ancestry & family history guide.

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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Decatur was $20,431, compared with $21,587 nationally.

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24% of Decatur residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Median rent in Decatur, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $357.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $823.


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Libraries in Decatur include Decatur Public Library, Wheeler Basin Regional Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Decatur include Decatur Daily

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Morgan County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Decatur political report.

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The average commute time for Decatur workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Decatur between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of .9 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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