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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.
The Chicago Bears began here as the Decatur Staleys
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.
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.
17% of Decatur residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
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Historic districts in Decatur include Decatur Historic District ... View historic districts
Median rent in Decatur, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $350. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $712.
Libraries in Decatur include Decatur Public Library ... View libraries
TV stations in Decatur include WAND, WBUI.
Macon County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Decatur political report.
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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