Decatur

Although Decatur, Ga. is part of the Atlanta metro area, it is a city unto itself, with an identity all its own. At 19,000 people, Decatur sits just to the east of Atlanta, and it has become a favorite of single professionals, young couples and families thanks to its strong schools, low crime rate and beautiful historic homes.

The county seat of DeKalb County, Decatur was founded in 1822 and named after Stephen Decatur, a naval hero most noted for his service in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812. Even in its early days, residents preferred a small-town feel; when a railroad wanted to make the town the final stop on its line, residents rejected the offer. The railroad then moved to the settlement that would become Atlanta.

Decatur has become well-known as a progressive city with a high level of civic involvement among residents. If you decide to move to Decatur, you'll be made to feel at home pretty quickly, at least on an official level. The city's government offers Decatur 101 classes from time to time, and any resident is welcome to sign up. The classes include a tour of city government buildings and presentations from department heads, a citywide scavenger hunt, and a Q&A with city commission members during a work session.

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Updated: 21st March, 2019 3:14 AM.