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Decatur, Georgia

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Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Coordinates: 33°46′17″N 84°17′52″W / 33.77139, -84.29778
Country United States
State Georgia
County DeKalb
Area
 - Total 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km²)
 - Land 4.2 sq mi (10.8 km²)
 - Water 0 sq mi (0 km²)
Elevation 1,043 ft (318 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 18,147
 - Density 4,320.7/sq mi (1,680.3/km²)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 30030-30037
Area code(s) 404
FIPS code 13-22052[1]
GNIS feature ID 0331532[2]
For the south-western Georgia county, see Decatur County, Georgia.

Decatur is a city in, and county seat of, DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. With a population of only 18,147 in the 2000 census, the city is sometimes assumed to be larger since multiple zip codes in unincorporated DeKalb County bear the Decatur name. A suburb of Atlanta, and part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area, Decatur's public transportation is served by MARTA. The city's motto, inscribed on the city seal, reads "A city of homes, churches, and schools." Image File history File links DecaturGALogo. ... Image File history File links DeKalb_County_Georgia_Incorporated_and_Unincorporated_areas_Decatur_Highlighted. ... DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... This list of countries, arranged alphabetically, gives an overview of countries of the world. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      The political units and divisions of the United States include: The 50 states... The U.S. state of Georgia is divided into 159 counties. ... DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... This article is about the physical quantity. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... A foot (plural: feet or foot;[1] symbol or abbreviation: ft or, sometimes, ′ – a prime) is a unit of length, in a number of different systems, including English units, Imperial units, and United States customary units. ... This article is about the unit of length. ... Population density per square kilometre by country, 2006 Population density map of the world in 1994. ... Timezone and TimeZone redirect here. ... Metronome, a public art installation showing the time in New York City The Eastern Time Zone (ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of Northern America and the west coast of South America. ... -12 | -11 | -10 | -9:30 | -9 | -8 | -7 | -6 | -5 | -4 | -3:30 | -3 | -2:30 | -2 | -1 | -0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Although DST is common in Europe and North America, most of the worlds people do not use it. ... −12 | −11 | −10 | −9:30 | −9 | −8 | −7 | −6 | −5 | −4 | −3:30 | −3 | −2:30 | −2 | −1 | −0:25 | UTC (0) | +0:20 | +0:30 | +1 | +2 | +3 | +3:30 | +4 | +4:30 | +4:51 | +5 | +5:30 | +5:40 | +5:45 | +6 | +6:30 | +7 | +7:20 | +7... Mr. ... A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating telephone number ranges to countries, regions, areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks such as mobile phone networks. ... Area code 404 covers Atlanta and its immediate neighbors, roughly within Interstate 285. ... Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the U.S. Federal government for use by all (non-military) government agencies and by government contractors. ... GNIS (The Geographic Names Information System) contains name and locative information about almost two million physical and cultural features located throughout the United States of America and its Territories. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... Decatur County is a county located in the state of Georgia. ... A county seat is a term for an administrative center for a county, primarily used in the United States. ... DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... Atlanta redirects here. ... The Atlanta metropolitan area, commonly referred to as Metro Atlanta in Georgia, is the ninth-largest metropolitan area in the United States and consists of 28 counties in Georgia. ... Marta redirects here. ...

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History

In 1823 Decatur, Georgia 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, Georgia. 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: 1823 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Map of the Apalachicola River system with the Chattahoochee highlighted. ... Location in Fulton County in the state of Georgia Coordinates: , Country United States State Georgia County Fulton County, Georgia Incorporated February 16, 1854 Government  - Mayor Jere Wood (R) Area  - City 38. ... Commodore Stephen Decatur, Jr (5 January 1779 – 22 March 1820) was an American naval officer notable for his heroism in the Barbary Wars and in the War of 1812. ...

Shallowford Road, which led to the Shallow Ford, has been renamed Clairmont Avenue, probably because it does not go to, from or past any place called Clairmont. Covington Road is now Sycamore Street, probably because it leads to Covington and has no Sycamores on it. Nelson's Ferry Road, named after the local family which ran the ferry at the Chattahoochee end of the road, has been named Ponce de Leon after a family prominent, before Castro, in Habana, Cuba.— Mitchell, Stephens, "A Tentative Reconstruction of the Decatur Town Map of 1823", Atlanta Historical Bulletin, No.30, p.8, 1965.

In the 1830s, the Western and Atlantic Railroad wanted to make Decatur the southernmost stop on its railroad. 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 would later become known as Atlanta, Georgia. The Western & Atlantic Railroad of the State of Georgia (W&A) is a railroad that runs from Atlanta, Georgia, to Chattanooga, Tennessee. ... This is the top-level page of WikiProject trains Rail tracks Rail transport refers to the land transport of passengers and goods along railways or railroads. ... Atlanta redirects here. ...


During the American Civil War, Decatur became a strategic site in Sherman's campaign against Atlanta. In July of 1864 Union general James B. McPherson occupied Decatur to cut off the Confederate's 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 Decatur courthouse marks the site of this skirmish. Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... General Sherman redirects here. ... 1864 (MDCCCLXIV) was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Sunday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... James B. McPherson James Birdseye McPherson (November 14, 1828 – July 22, 1864) was a career U.S. Army officer who served as a general in the Union Army during the American Civil War. ... Augusta is a city in the state of Georgia in the United States of America. ... Combatants United States of America Confederate States of America Commanders William T. Sherman James B. McPherson† John B. Hood Strength Military Division of the Mississippi Army of Tennessee Casualties 3,641 8,499 The Battle of Atlanta was a battle of the Atlanta Campaign fought during the American Civil War... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Joseph Wheeler Joseph Wheeler (September 10, 1836 – January 25, 1906) was an American military commander and politician. ...


In the last half of the twentieth century the metropolitan area of Atlanta expanded into unincorporated DeKalb County, eventually surrounding on all sides the incorporated town of Decatur. 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 thanks to several long-term downtown development plans that have come to fruition, making Decatur a trendy small mixed-use district with easy transit to downtown Atlanta. DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... The term white American (often used interchangeably and incorrectly with Caucasian American[2] and within the United States simply white[3]) is an umbrella term that refers to people of European descent residing in the United States. ... White flight is a term for the demographic trend where working- and middle-class white people move away from increasingly racial-minority inner-city neighborhoods to white suburbs and exurbs. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from the beginning of 1960 to the end of 1969. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... Mixed-use development refers to the practice of allowing more than one type of use in a building or set of buildings. ...


Decatur contains four historic districts, the MAK Historic District, the Clairemont Historic District, the South Candler Street--Agnes Scott College Historic District, and the most recently established historic district, the Ponce de Leon Court Historic District. The MAK Historic District is named for the three main streets it encompasses (McDonough, Adams and Kings Highway). The Clairemont Historic District runs the length of Clairemont Avenue from Commerce Drive and Hunter Street in the south to Maediris Drive in the north. The South Candler Street--Agnes Scott College Historic District is roughly bounded by E. College, S. McDonough, S. Candler, E. Hill and E. Davis Sts., and contains approximately 950 acres, 88 buildings, 2 structures, and 1 object. The Ponce de Leon Court Historic District is a single street off of East Ponce de Leon Avenue near downtown Decatur with 26 parcels developed in the 1920's. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Geography

Decatur is located at 33°46′17″N, 84°17′52″W (33.771355, -84.297732)[3].


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.8 km²), all of it land. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title ) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... A square mile is an English unit of area equal to that of a square with sides each 1 statute mile (≈1,609 m) in length. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ...


Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 18,147 people, 8,051 households, and 3,856 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,343.2 people per square mile (1,676.2/km²). There were 8,497 housing units at an average density of 2,033.6/sq mi (784.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 30.48% White, 65.61% African American, 0.16% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.68% of the population. Image:1870 census Lindauer Weber 01. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... It has been suggested that Ethnicity (United States Census) be merged into this article or section. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There were 8,051 households out of which 22.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32.1% were married couples living together, 13.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 52.1% were non-families. 39.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.96. Matrimony redirects here. ...


In the city the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 37.0% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 73.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.0 males. ZIP code 30030 (which includes Decatur) has one of the highest percentage of households with same sex couples in Georgia. DeKalb County has one of the largest concentrations of same sex couples in the nation.


The median income for a household in the city was $47,395, and the median income for a family was $65,064. Males had a median income of $46,817 versus $38,381 for females. The per capita income for the city was $29,363. About 7.0% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over. Per capita income means how much each individual receives, in monetary terms, of the yearly income generated in their country. ... Map of countries showing percentage of population who have an income below the national poverty line The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Education levels for Decatur are above average for the Atlanta area, with 56% of residents having obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, and 27% having obtained a graduate degree or higher.


Primary and secondary schools

Decatur has one of the highest property tax rates in Georgia, much of which goes to support the high cost of maintaining a school system with one of the lowest student/teacher ratios in the State.


The schools are a part of the City Schools of Decatur.

Clairemont Elementary school is nestled within the Great Lakes neighborhood of Decatur and is surrounded on all sides by neighborhood homes. ... Decatur High School (DHS) is a high school in Decatur (Zone 6), Georgia located near the projects (Swanton Heights), with a current enrollment of approx. ...

Colleges and universities

Buttrick Hall Looking across the quad McCain Library at dusk Agnes Scott College is a private liberal arts womens college in Decatur, Georgia, near Atlanta. ... Columbia Theological Seminary is one of the ten official Presbyterian Church (USA) seminaries. ... DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of Devry Inc. ... Emory University is a private university located in the metropolitan area of the city of Atlanta and in western unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. ... DeKalb County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. ... This article is about the state capital of Georgia. ...

Government

The current mayor is William F. Floyd. Previous mayors include Leslie Jasper Steele (1915), Jack Hamilton, Mike Mears, and Scott Candler, Sr. (known as Mr. DeKalb).


Notable natives

Idrees Bashir (born December 7th, 1978 in Decatur, GA) is an American football player who plays for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. ... Frank Broyles, current athletic director for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks athletic department. ... Lavonya Quintelle Quincy Carter (born October 13, 1977) is an American former NFL quarterback who played for the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Homestar Runner is a Flash animated Internet cartoon. ... Hiram Kyle Davies (born September 9, 1983 in Decatur, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball player with the Kansas City Royals. ... Growing Up Cuban in Decatur, Georgia TreeMan The Library Dragon The Last Dance The Secret of Old Zeb The Yellow Star Carmen Agra Deedy is an internationally known author of children’s literature, a storyteller and radio contributor. ... Amy Christine Dumas (born April 14, 1975) is an American former professional wrestler. ... World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. ... Rebecca Ann Latimer Felton (June 10, 1835 – January 24, 1930) was an American writer, teacher, reformer, and briefly a politician who became the first woman to serve in the United States Senate, filling an appointment on November 21, 1922, and serving until the next day. ... Comedian Jeff Foxworthy accepts a new jacket from 3rd Infantry Division Commander Army Maj. ... From left to right : Larry the Cable Guy , Bill Engvall , Jeff Foxworthy and Ron White. ... Gale Morgan Harold III (born on July 10, 1969 in Decatur, Georgia, United States) is an American actor. ... Keri Lynn Hilson (born October 27, 1982 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B singer and songwriter signed to Zone 4/Mosley Music Group/Interscope Records. ... Jan Hooks in 1988 Jan Hooks (born April 23, 1957 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and comedian best known for her work on NBCs Saturday Night Live, on which she appeared from 1986 to 1991. ... Jonathan Smith (born January 27, 1972), better known by his stage name Lil Jon, is an American rapper, hype man, and producer. ... Categories: People stubs | 1920 births | 1999 deaths | Cinema actors | Star Trek actors | Television actors | American actors | World War II veterans ... Amy Lee For the lead singer of Evanescence, see Amy Lee Amy Lee is one of the few female saxophonists to attain commercial success. ... Jimmy Buffett tours Pearl Harbor with United States Navy Admiral Jonathan Greenert, June 12, 2003 James William Jimmy Buffett (born December 25, 1946) is a singer, songwriter, author, businessman, and recently a film producer best known for his island escapism lifestyle and music including hits such as Margaritaville (No. ... Look up majesty in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Majesty is an English word rooting in the Latin Maiestas, meaning literally, Greatness. ... China Anne McClain (born August 25, 1998 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and singer from Atlanta, Georgia. ... Lauryn Alisa McClain (born January 9, 1997 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and singer from Atlanta, Georgia. ... Sierra Aylina McClain (born March 16, 1994 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American actress and singer from Atlanta, Georgia. ... Justin Moore (born June 13, 1983 in Decatur, Georgia) is an American soccer player, who currently plays for FC Dallas of Major League Soccer. ... Mark Mowers (born February 16, 1974 in Decatur, Georgia) is a professional ice hockey center/right winger who currently plays for the Detroit Red Wings of the NHL. Mowers was never drafted in the NHL Entry Draft. ... Amy Ray, born on April 12, 1964 in Decatur, Georgia, is a singer-songwriter and member of the Indigo Girls. ... Emily Saliers, born on July 22, 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut, is a singer-songwriter and member of the Indigo Girls. ... Indigo Girls are an American folk rock duo, consisting of Amy Ray and Emily Saliers. ... Clint Joseph Sammons (born May 15, 1983 in Decatur, Georgia) is a Major League Baseball catcher for the Atlanta Braves. ... Sean P (born Sean Paul Joseph in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American rapper and one half of the group YoungBloodZ. He has appeared on various songs without his other half J-Bo. ... REDIRECT Template:Infobox Musician John Michael Stipe (born January 4, 1960 in Decatur, Georgia) is the lead singer of the American rock band R.E.M. Stipe has become well-known (and occasionally parodied) for the mumbling style of his early career and for his complex, surreal lyrics, as well... R.E.M. is an American rock band formed in Athens, Georgia in 1980 by Bill Berry (drums), Peter Buck (guitar), Mike Mills (bass guitar), and Michael Stipe (vocals). ... Christopher Tucker (born August 31, 1972) is an American actor and comedian most widely known for his role as James Carter in the Rush Hour trilogy. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Daniel Wilcox (born March 23, 1977 in Atlanta, GA) is an american football player who plays for the Baltimore Ravens and plays tight end. ...

Points of interest

  • Arts in Decatur
  • Historical Train Depot
  • DeKalb County Courthouse
  • Old Scottish Rite Hospital
The Decatur Square Gazebo from the Old Courthouse Steps
The Decatur Square Gazebo from the Old Courthouse Steps

The Georgia Perimeter College Botanical Garden (4 acres) is a botanical garden located on the Decatur Campus of the Georgia Perimeter College at 3251 Panthersville Road, Decatur, Georgia. ... Founded as the Scottish Rite Convalescent Home for Crippled Children, the Old Scottish Rite Hospital served indigent children, either crippled, or recovering from surgery at Piedmont Hospital or Wesley Memorial Hospital (now Emory University Hospital). ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 486 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Decatur GA square and gazebo. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (1280 × 960 pixel, file size: 486 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg)Decatur GA square and gazebo. ...

Trivia

Decatur, Georgia is the birthplace of the Huddle House chain Huddle House is a chain of 24-hour diner-style restaurants with over 400 locations in the Southern United States. ...


Sister cities

Decatur has three sister cities, as designated by Sister Cities International, Inc. (SCI):[4] Sign denoting twin towns of Neckarsulm, Germany Town twinning is a concept whereby towns or cities in geographically and politically distinct areas are paired with the goal of fostering human contact and cultural links. ...

Image File history File links Flag_of_Burkina_Faso. ... Boussé is a town located in the province of Kourwéogo in Burkina Faso. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Burkina_Faso. ... Ouahigouya is the most important town in northern Burkina Faso. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Peru. ... Motto: La Ciudad de la Eterna Primavera (The City of Eternal Spring) Location in Peru Coordinates: Country Peru Region La Libertad Province Trujillo Province Founded 6 December 1534 Government  - Type Democracy  - Mayor César Acuña Peralta Area  - City 1,768. ...

Notes

  1. ^ a b American FactFinder. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ US Board on Geographic Names. United States Geological Survey (2007-10-25). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990. United States Census Bureau (2005-05-03). Retrieved on 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Online Directory: Georgia, USA. Sister Cities International. Retrieved on 2007-09-28.

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References

  • Clark, Caroline McKinney. The story of Decatur, 1823-1899. Dekalb Historical Society (1996).
  • Gay, Mary. Life in Dixie During the War, Mercer University Press (2001).
  • Mason, Herman, Jr. African-American Life in DeKalb County, GA, 1823-1970 (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing (1998).
  • Owens, Sue Ellen. DeKalb County In Vintage Postcards. DeKalb Historical Society/Arcadia Publishing (2001).
  • Price, Vivian. Historic DeKalb County: An Illustrated History (Georgia Heritage Series). Historical Publishing Network (2007).

External links

  • Decatur, Georgia is at coordinates 33°46′17″N 84°17′52″W / 33.771355, -84.297732 (Decatur, Georgia)Coordinates: 33°46′17″N 84°17′52″W / 33.771355, -84.297732 (Decatur, Georgia)
  • Wikitravel page on Decatur

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Decatur, Georgia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (862 words)
Decatur is part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area and public transportation is served by MARTA.
Education levels for Decatur are above average for the Atlanta area, with 56% of residents having obtained a bachelor's degree or higher, and 27% having obtained a graduate degree or higher.
Decatur has one of the highest property tax rates in Georgia, much of which goes to support the high cost of maintaining a school system with one of the lowest student/teacher ratios in the State.
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Decatur County is located in the southwest corner of the state, adjoining Baker, Grady, Miller, Mitchell, and Seminole counties.
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