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Decatur is a city in Macon County.

It is the county seat. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Decatur. For links to other places called Decatur, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]

The latitude of Decatur is 39.840N. The longitude is -88.954W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 673 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 79,285.


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Median household income
Local
$33,111
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 Sangamon River
Coal mining began here in 1874

The Chicago Bears began here as the Decatur Staleys

Public transportation: Decatur Public Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)

Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • Decatur-Macon County Fair - June 12-17, 2007
Dates often change. Check Decatur web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Eagle Creek/Wolf Creek State Parks
Historic sites and museums: Birks Museum, Macon County Museum Complex, Hieronymus Mueller Museum
Colleges and universities: Millikin University, Richland Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)
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National index: 100
Local index: 64

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Decatur demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Macon County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Decatur area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62523 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

22% of Decatur residents report German ancestry, and 13% 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 $19,009, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

17% of Decatur residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Decatur include Decatur Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Decatur, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $350.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $712.


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Libraries in Decatur include Decatur Public Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Decatur include Decatur Tribune, Herald & Review

TV stations in Decatur include WAND, WBUI.

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Politics

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

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Traffic

The average commute time for Decatur workers is 17 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 20 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 2.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

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