Moving to Decatur

If you’re considering moving to Atlanta, Decatur-just to the east of Atlanta, should definitely be on your list of places to consider. An interesting footnote in Atlanta's history is... more

If you’re considering moving to Atlanta, Decatur-just to the east of Atlanta, should definitely be on your list of places to consider. An interesting footnote in Atlanta's history is that early residents of Decatur turned down an opportunity to establish a railroad terminal in the 1840’s and the Western and Atlantic Railroad company choose to build just to the west of Decatur. That action led to the founding of the city of Terminus – later changed to Atlanta. As with many areas near major cities in the 1960s and 1970s, Decatur saw a plunge in population due to an exodus to the suburbs, but over the last two decades, active community participation has revitalized the city and despite its location inside of I-285 (The 60-mile “Perimeter” loop that encircles Atlanta), Decatur has a charming small town feel. For those who are moving to Atlanta, Decatur offers easy access to public transportation and several of the major thoroughfares and arteries of Atlanta.

So just where is Decatur?

The town of Decatur is located just to the north of Interstate 20, east of downtown Atlanta, and lies just inside the Perimeter (I-285). Although the population is listed at 20,000 citizens, it is important to remember that the actual size of the city is less than 5 square miles. What makes this such an amazing place to move to?

For starters, the feeling of community. Despite being in the shadow of metropolitan Atlanta, those who move to Decatur always talk about the comfortable feel of the area and the level of engagement of its citizens. The rebirth of Decatur in the last 20 years is a testament to smart civil government and great community planning.

The town of Decatur is located just to the north of Interstate 20, east of downtown Atlanta, and lies just inside the Perimeter (I-285). Although the population is listed as 20,000 citizens, the actual size of the city is less than 5 square miles.

Shopping

Due to its small area, living in Decatur does occasionally mean that you will have to venture out of the city limits. In other areas, this might mean a long drive or a ride on MARTA’s (Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority) rail or buses, but not when you live in Decatur. Decatur is situated in the center of everything but lacks the traffic that some areas receive from tourists, so getting wherever your heart desires is a cinch. It's the best of both worlds!

Despite the small size, there are plenty of places to shop in the immediate vicinity, such as Northlake Mall, multiple boutiques to be found in Little Five Points, and one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the area.

The shopping in Decatur is small but exceptional. There are plenty of places to shop in the immediate vicinity, such as Northlake Mall, multiple boutiques to be found in Little Five Points, and one of the best Farmer’s Markets in the area.

Nightlife

When you move to Decatur, one of the first things you notice are the charming local dives that offer incredible food and drink and are a favorite hangout of the locals. With that hometown feel and easy to digest prices, finding your very own place where "everybody knows your name" is effortless.

When you move to Decatur, one of the first things you notice are the charming local dives that offer incredible food and drink and are a favorite hangout of the locals. With that hometown feel and easy to digest prices, finding your very own place where "everybody knows your name" is effortless.

Our best call for last call in Decatur nightlife.

Located on Ponce de Leon, Sushi Avenue is one of the best kept secrets in Atlanta. If you're looking to grab a quick bite on your lunch break, this is the place to be.

Looking for something different? Here you go. With great food and a solid drink menu full of favorites old & new, you will leave full and happy. Make sure to enjoy a seat on the patio and join other Decaturites enjoying the casual laid back scene here.

Eddie’s Attic gives you with great live music from bands you might not have heard of yet but will soon. Grab some friends and enjoy dinner and drinks in this intimate setting. Once the show is over, visit one (or all) of the great bars located right around the square in Decatur.

That’s the fun thing about Decatur – you will always be surprised by what you find in a little bar or restaurant you've never heard of. At the same time, you are on the doorstep to Atlanta, so a quick ride into downtown means you're never far from Midtown, the stadiums, and the biggest entertainment venues in the city.

Our best call for last call in Decatur nightlife.

Schools

If you’re moving to Decatur and have school-age children, Decatur has, easily, some of the best schools in metro Atlanta. In keeping with the “small-town” theme, there are less than 5,000 students in the school system and the student-teacher ratio is only 20-1.

Institutions of higher learning are located all around Decatur, with Emory University being the closest. As with many of the communities in Atlanta, moving to Decatur puts you close to Georgia Tech, Agnes Scott, Georgia State University, and nearly any other college or university in the metro area. Coupled with the ease of getting on an interstate highway or public transportation and you can attend any school in the area with relative ease.

If you’re moving to Decatur and you have school-age children, the good news is that Decatur has, easily, some of the best schools in metro Atlanta. In keeping with the “small-town” theme, there are less than 5,000 students in the school system and the student-teacher ratio is only 20-1. Nearby institutions of higher learning also abound in this area, and coupled with easy access to the main interstates, you can attend any school in the area with relative ease.

Where will you live?

Since Decatur is really just a small town surrounded by big city Atlanta, it doesn’t have all the options as some larger communities. But when you move here, you are looking at substantially lower costs of living for many of the amenities that others have to pay dearly for. When you couple in the close proximity to the metro Atlanta offices and a relatively short commute time, Decatur is a great spot to live.

Since Decatur is really just a small town surrounded by big city Atlanta, it doesn’t have all the options as some larger communities. But when you move here, you are looking at substantially lower costs of living for many of the amenities that others have to pay dearly for.

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