Decatur, Georgia is county seat of DeKalb County. With a population of 19,335, the city has retained its small town feel. Decades ago, residents there rebuffed a plan to have the it be the end stop on a railroad line. That railroad went to what would become Atlanta.
While Decatur's official motto is "A city of homes, schools and places of worship," residents will tell you, "Everything is greater in Decatur." Its downtown is busy, a hub of activities year-round. These include concerts in the community bandstand on the square, a June beach party, and the July 4th Pied Piper Parade, a concert and a fireworks show. "Terrific Thursdays" are special shopping days when downtown's stores and restaurants offer discounts and goodies.
DeKalb Farmers Market is an amazing collection of vendors packed with every type of produce, meat or seafood imaginable. Add a huge variety of spices, baked goods, jams, jellies and wines and this becomes an adventure of discovery. It can be crowded on weekends so go early or visit on a weekday. If you're a Waffle House fan, the Waffle House Museum should be on your list of must sees.
Decatur also has a rich and interesting history. In 1822 Decatur was founded at the intersection of two Native American trails: the Sandtown which led east from the Chattahoochee River at Utoy Creek, and the Shallowford which follows today's Clairmont Road and eventually crossed near Roswell. The town was named for naval hero Stephen Decatur.
During the American Civil War, Decatur became a strategic site in Sherman's campaign against Atlanta. In July 1864 Union general James B. McPherson occupied Decatur to cut off the Confederates' supply line from Augusta. During the Battle of Atlanta on July 22, Confederate cavalry attacked McPherson's supply wagons and the Union troops left to defend the wagons. A marker at the Decatur courthouse marks the site of this battle.
Decatur is home to many businesses and organizations, primarily in the areas of government, education and health care, with 50 employees or more. The majority of Decatur's downtown employers are small service industry and professional firms that continue to grow. Top employers are DeKalb County Government, Emory University Health Systems, Emory Clinic, Decatur Board of Education, Agnes Scott College, DeVry and the U.S. Postal Service.
The Decatur City School District serves the city limits and has grades pre-school to grade twelve. There is a pre-K early childhood learning center, five elementary schools, a fourth and fifth grade academy, a middle school, and a high school. The Decatur City School District was the highest performing school district in Georgia on the SATs for the 2014-2015 school year.
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