12 Great Places You've Never Heard Of: Decatur, Georgia

For a small, revitalized slice of urban life, try Atlanta’s neighbor.
August/September 2006
The DeKalb Country farmers market offers more than 100,000 square feet of fresh food.


Decatur is technically its own city, but is just 7 miles from Atlanta, so it’s part of that sprawling metropolitan area. In recent years, it has experienced a renaissance and is now a trendy outpost with all the benefits of urban living: public transit, arts, restaurants and historic buildings.

If you want to live in a city, but still feel like you’re part of a neighborhood, Decatur has a lot to offer.

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Decatur, Georgia

Population: 18,251
County: DeKalb
Climate: hot and humid summers; mild winters
Cost of living index: 118.1
Median home price: $312,400
Alternative energy: net metering; no other incentives
Don’t miss: Agnes Scott College in the historic district