DeKalb County, Georgia's fourth-most populous county, houses about 10 percent of the City of Atlanta, and was named a Green Community by the Atlanta Regional Commission. A suburban county, it is the second-most-affluent county with an African-American majority in the United States, behind Prince George's County, Maryland, in suburban Washington D.C.
The county seat of Decatur is home to more than 200 restaurants, pubs, boutiques and galleries, Decatur centers on a historic square that features an historic courthouse. Take a stroll around the square - especially fun during one of Decatur's signature festivals. The city is also home to the impressive DeKalb County Farmers Market. It's also located about 15 minutes from Stone Mountain State Park.
DeKalb County, formed in 1822 from Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette counties, took its name from Baron Johann de Kalb, a Bavarian-born former officer in the French Army, who fought for the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. During the Civil War, much of the Battle of Atlanta took place in DeKalb.
Until the 1960s, DeKalb was a mainly agricultural county, but as the sprawl of the metropolitan Atlanta region expanded, DeKalb became increasingly urbanized. Today's top employers in DeKalb County include: AT&T Mobility, Cox Communications, Emory Healthcare, Emory University and Kroger. With 740,321 people, DeKalb County is the fourth most populated county in the state out of 159 counties. The largest DeKalb County racial/ethnic groups are African-American at 53% followed by Caucasian, 29.7% and Hispanic, 9.1%. In 2015, the median household income of DeKalb County residents was $51,376. The median age for DeKalb County residents is 35.1 years young.
DeKalb County School District is Georgia's third largest school system. The District serves nearly 102,000 students, 137 schools and centers, and 15,500 employees, including 6,600 teachers. Students and parents speak over 140 languages and represent more than 180 countries. The system has 10 STEM certified schools and programs in more than 90 schools. School choice options are available to parents in nearly 50 schools that include theme, magnet, IB, charter, and Montessori options.
We have fully detailed pages with available homes and condos for sale in DeKalb cities which include: Decatur, Dunwoody, Tucker, Brookhaven, Chamblee and Avondale Estates. We invite you to take some time to visit these pages and learn more about all DeKalb county has to offer.
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