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Streets are lined with great schools, parks and fields, libraries, colleges, and businesses.
The downtown area is one of Atlanta’s largest walking neighborhoods, and with hundreds of homes within walking distance it is widely considered to be Metropolitan Atlanta’s most pedestrian friendly neighborhood.
It’s been said that the town is a little bit Mayberry and a little bit Berkeley… but to residents, it’s just plain perfect.
Unofficially known as “where it’s greater,” the city’s official motto is “A city of homes, schools and places of worship.”
Hard to go wrong living in place that can boast not only excellent schools, but an excellent craft brewing scene!
In 1822 the city was founded at the intersection of two Native American trails: the Sandtown which led east from the Chattahoochee River at Utoy Creek, and the Shallowford which follows today’s Clairmont Road and eventually crossed near Roswell. The town was named for naval hero Stephen Decatur, and its early roads were named logically but soon after were renamed in a curious manner:
In the 1830s, the Western and Atlantic Railroad wanted to make the city the southernmost stop on its line. The citizens of Decatur did not want the noise, pollution and growth that would come with such a major terminal, so they rejected the proposal. In response, the railroad founded a new city to the west-southwest of Decatur for the terminal. This town later became the city of Atlanta.
During the American Civil War, the area became a strategic site in Sherman’s campaign against Atlanta. In July 1864 Union general James B. McPherson occupied the city to cut off the Confederates’ supply line from Augusta, Georgia. During the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, Confederate cavalry under Major General Joseph Wheeler attacked McPherson’s supply wagons and the Union troops left to defend the wagons. A marker at the courthouse marks the site of the skirmish.
In the last half of the twentieth century the metropolitan area of Atlanta expanded into unincorporated DeKalb County, eventually surrounding two sides of the incorporated town. Concurrently many well-to-do and middle class white Americans fled the area to more distant suburbs. The 1960s and 1970s witnessed dramatic drops in property values. However, more recently the city has regained economic vigor, partially thanks to several long-term downtown development plans that have come to fruition, developing a trendy small mixed-use district with easy transit to downtown Atlanta. Over the past twenty years, Decatur has gained a local and national reputation as a progressive city with a high level of citizen involvement that retains a small town feel despite its proximity to Atlanta.
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|Average value of the dwelling in which household lives||$747,996|
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This part contains all educational institutions in Decatur.
School Name Phone Type Grades Rating Laurel Ridge Elementary School 678-874-6902 Public PK-5 McLendon Elementary School 678-676-5902 Public PK-5 Kelley Lake Elementary School 678-874-4802 Public PK-5 Snapfinger Elementary School 678-874-1802 Public PK-5 Knollwood Elementary School 678-874-1402 Public PK-5 Columbia Elementary School 678-874-0702 Public PK-5 Midway Elementary School 678-874-1502 Public PK-5 Toney Elementary School 678-874-2102 Public PK-5 Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy 678-874-3402 Public PK-5 Oakhurst Elementary School 404-370-4470 Public KG-3 Arbor Montessori Not Available Private PK-8 Glennwood Elementary School 404-370-4435 Public KG-3 Friends School of Atlanta Not Available Private PK-8 Coralwood Education Center 678-874-6002 Public PK-KG St Peter Claver Regional Catholic School Not Available Private PK-8 All Gods Children Academy Not Available Private PK-KG The Waldorf School of Atlanta Not Available Private PK-8 Decatur Presbyterian Children's Community Not Available Private PK-KG Clairemont Elementary School 404-370-4450 Public KG-3 Winnona Park Elementary School 404-370-4490 Public KG-3
School Name Phone Type Grades Rating Dekalb School of The Arts 678-676-2502 Public 8-12 Decatur High School 404-370-4420 Public 9-12 Columbia High School 678-874-0802 Public 9-12 Towers High School 678-874-2202 Public 9-12 Arbor Montessori Not Available Private PK-8 The Waldorf School of Atlanta Not Available Private PK-8 The Community School Not Available Private 7-12 Friends School of Atlanta Not Available Private PK-8 St Peter Claver Regional Catholic School Not Available Private PK-8 St Thomas More School Not Available Private KG-8
School Name Phone Type Grades Rating Dekalb School of The Arts 678-676-2502 Public 8-12 Decatur High School 404-370-4420 Public 9-12 Columbia High School 678-874-0802 Public 9-12 Towers High School 678-874-2202 Public 9-12 The Community School Not Available Private 7-12 Academe of The Oaks Not Available Private 9-12
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