With Atlanta just a hop away, Decatur, Georgia combines the economic and cultural advantages of a major city with the ambience of a large town.
Decatur is technically its own city, but is just 7 miles from Atlanta, so it’s part of the sprawling Atlanta 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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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