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The City of Decatur had a population of 58,023 as of July 1, 2022. Decatur ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Alabama. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Decatur is located at latitude 34.6059 and longitude -86.9833 in Morgan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Decatur encompass a land area of 54.11 sq. miles and a water area of 6.79 sq. miles. Morgan County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 561 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Decatur are located in Morgan County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Limestone County.

The City of Decatur has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Alabama is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The City of Decatur is located within Decatur Division of Morgan County.


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Decatur, AL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2022)

POPULATION

Total Population 58,023 (100%)
Population in Households 56,277 (97.0%)
Population in Families 45,035 (77.6%)
Population in Group Quarters1 1,746 ( 3.0%)
Population Density 1,067
Diversity Index2 72
 
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $52,485
Average Household Income $75,159
% of Income for Mortgage4 17%
Per Capita Income $30,824
Wealth Index5 69
 

HOUSING

Total HU (Housing Units) 25,527 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 15,527 (60.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 8,183 (32.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,817 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $166,712
Average Home Value $191,450
Housing Affordability Index3 158
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 23,710
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 15,194
Average Family Size 3.00
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2020-2022 2022-2027
Population 0.07% 0.07%
Households 0.26% 0.11%
Families   0.05%
Median Household Income   2.37%
Per Capita Income   2.76%
Owner Occupied HU   0.42%

Decatur, AL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Decatur to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Alabama by rank and percentile using July 1, 2022 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 10 98th
Population Density # 40 93rd
Median Household Income # 243 59th
Housing Affordability Index # 203 34th
Per Capita Income # 192 68th
Diversity Index # 7 99th

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