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Decatur, GA

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The city of Decatur is found in Illinois. The largest city in Macon County, Decatur is also the county seat. Decatur has numerous nicknames, including the “Soybean Capital of the World”. According to the 2010 census, the population in Decatur is nearly 76,000. But that number is down nearly 10,000 people from the 2000 census, indicating a migration of people out of the city. In fact, Decatur has lost almost 20% of its population in the twenty years between 1980 and 2010. The metropolitan area is still large, however, with a population of over 113,000 people.

Getting Around in Decatur, GA

The city of Decatur’s transit system is influenced by the city of Atlanta. Because of Atlanta’s proximity, residents need to be able to get to the city, where many have jobs. The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority, or MARTA to the locals, handles much of the city’s public bus transportation. In Decatur, downtown is situated very close to residential areas. That means a significant amount of residents walk downtown for work and play, and the city has added bike paths to account for this as well.

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The average commuter time in Decatur is:
20 to 24 minutes
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  • Time Range
  • 25 to 29 minutes
  • 30 to 34 minutes
  • 35 to 39 minutes
  • Percentage of workers
  • 7.04%
  • 13.95%
  • 4.15%

Decatur Municipal Band

<p>The Decatur Municipal Band is one of the oldest bands in the entire country. It was established in 1857, and is still in operation today. The band has gone through numerous reincarnations, at certain points being known as the Decatur Brass Band, the Decatur Comet Band, and the Decatur Silver Band. Throughout the years, the Decatur Municipal Band has performed at various venues throughout the region, including traveling nationally. As one of the oldest bands in the country, the band performs plenty of classic tunes in addition to more contemporary works.</p>

Agnes Scott College

<p>Agnes Scott College is Decatur's biggest higher institution of learning. It was founded in the late 1800s, and has a small student body that allows for close working relationships between students and professors. The college has over thirty majors and is affiliated with several universities that students can transfer to if their program allows it. These institutions include the Georgia Institute of Technology, Emory University's School of Nursing, and Washington University. Agnes Scott College has a long history of association with the southern based Presbyterian Church.</p>

Ponce de Leon Court Historic District

<p>The Ponce de Leon Court Historic District is a single cul-de-sac located in East Ponce de Leon Avenue. It is located near many other historic locations for the city, including the Historic Decatur Cemetery. It has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and it has been protected by the city for years. The Ponce de Leon Court Historic District differs from other city districts in that there are no churches or businesses, only American Craftsman bungalows that were built in the 1920s.</p>