Decatur Demographics

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Decatur-Avondale Estates Patch reported yesterday on some pretty interesting demographic information regarding Decatur’s population of little people.  Decatur is starting to deal with school overcrowding, an issue that will only become greater if the data below continues to trend upwards.  From the US Census, via Patch:

  • Decatur’s school aged population — kids age 5-18 — increased by 13 percent over the decade.
  • Enrollment in Decatur Schools was up 11 percent in August compared to the end of the last school year.
  • There are 1,422 pre-schoolers (age 4 and under) in Decatur. That’s a 35 percent increase (or 369 more pre-schoolers) over the past decade.
  • There are 371 more school-age kids living in Decatur in 2010. That’s an increase of 13 percent, or 371 children.

Perhaps we’re starting to see a biproduct of the scandals that rocked Atlanta Public Schools earlier this year- it’s hard to really tell.  One thing is for suare- Decatur needs to gird for growth.  Their recent constrution of their first new school in 40 years – The Fourth and Fifth Grade Academy – is a good first step.  Hopefully, it’s just the beginning.

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