12 Great Places: Decatur, Georgia

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.

| August/September 2006

Decatur Georgia - DeKalb farmer's market

If you're in Decatur, Georgia, don't miss the DeKalb County farmers market. It offers more than 100,000 square feet of fresh food.

Photo courtesy of the DeKalb Visitors Bureau

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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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

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