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Situated in DeKalb County, Decatur is a city of Atlanta belonging to the Atlanta Metropolitan Area. With a population of just over 20,086, the developing city has many popular attractions and special events for all of its residents to enjoy. Named after the naval hero Stephen Decatur, the area’s official motto is “A city of homes, schools and places of worship.” Although it is within close proximity and has easy public transportation to the heart of downtown Atlanta, the city keeps its small town feel.
Decatur is locally as well as nationally known as a progressive city. The town is also a thriving place for superior learning and has above average education levels for the Atlanta area. Served by the Decatur City School District, Decatur has a dense list of great schooling options for families. Located in Decatur is the College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center, five different public elementary schools and the 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue. Also situated in the city is Carl G. Renfroe Middle School and the Decatur High School. Colleges and universities in the area consist of; Agnes Scott College, Columbia Theological Seminary, Emory University, Georgia State Universities Perimeter College and Devry University.
Decatur is home to a number of well-attended annual community festivities. Some of their biggest attractions are the art and festival scene happening year-round. One event held every May is the Decatur Arts Festival which the Decatur Arts Alliance hosts. A number of the towns other fun festivals include the Decatur Stirs, Decatur BBQ, Decatur Beach Party, Decatur Book Festival, Decatur Maker Faire, Decatur Beer Festival, Decatur Wine Festival and the Blues & Bluegrass Festival. Other exciting activities around the town can be found by exploring Decatur’s fine food scene. Named “Atlanta’s gastronomic equivalent of Berkeley or Brooklyn” by the New York Times, the city is home to some of the most notable restaurants in Atlanta. Just a few of them to check out would be the Brick Store Pub, Cakes & Ale Restaurant, Revival, The Pinewood Tippling Room and the Kimball House.
Residents and visitors looking for a more adventurous and scenic day will be found enjoying the city’s green spaces and parks. With over 12 local city parks, Decatur has more than 57 acres of land dedicated to those spaces. Each park offers something different, whether it’s playgrounds for the kids, miles of nature trails for hiking and walking or pavilions and sitting areas, there is something for everyone to enjoy! With fun waiting just around every corner, Decatur is a wonderful place where its residents and visitors love spending their time.
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