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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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      Decatur Schools

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      404-370-4435
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      404-370-4490
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      404-370-4470
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      404-499-8969
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      678-874-4802
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      678-874-6902
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      404-370-4450
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      404-492-5061
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      678-676-5902
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      678-874-0702
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      678-874-1802
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      678-874-2102
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      678-874-1502
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      678-874-6002
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      678-874-1402
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