Decatur, GA

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Population

22,022

3.83% growth

Median Age

35.5


Median Household Income

$92,263

13.1% growth

Poverty Rate

15.6%


Number of Employees

10,335

2.34% growth

Median Property Value

$418,700

8.95% growth

About

In 2017, Decatur, GA had a population of 22k people with a median age of 35.5 and a median household income of $92,263. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Decatur, GA grew from 21,210 to 22,022, a 3.83% increase and its median household income grew from $81,598 to $92,263, a 13.1% increase.

The population of Decatur, GA is 66.5% White Alone, 21.2% Black or African American Alone, and 4.11% Asian Alone. 11.3% of the people in Decatur, GA speak a non-English language, and 95.8% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Decatur, GA are DeVry University-Georgia (679 degrees awarded in 2016), Agnes Scott College (228 degrees), and Columbia Theological Seminary (74 degrees).

The median property value in Decatur, GA is $418,700, and the homeownership rate is 66.7%. Most people in Decatur, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Decatur, GA is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Decatur, GA employs 10.3k people. The largest industries in Decatur, GA are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,011 people), Educational Services (1,900 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,351 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($126,000), Finance & Insurance ($106,513), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($105,263).

Median household income in Decatur, GA is $92,263. Males in Decatur, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Decatur, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$92,263

2017 value

± $11,920

13.1%

1 Year Growth

± 14.3%

Households in Decatur, GA have a median annual income of $92,263, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $81,598 in 2016, which represents a 13.1% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Decatur, GA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Decatur, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Decatur, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Georgia across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 228

  2. Census Tract 227

  3. Census Tract 225

In 2017, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Decatur, GA was Census Tract 228 with a value of $95,688, followed by Census Tract 227 and Census Tract 225, with respective values of $90,833 and $83,843.

The following map shows all of the places in Decatur, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 6 - 11

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Decatur, GA (3.31k out of 21.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 6 - 11, followed by Females < 5 and then Males < 5.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. Black

    2,331 ± 507

  2. White

    785 ± 217

  3. Asian

    96 ± 129

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Decatur, GA is Black, followed by White and Asian.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

10.3k

2017 Value

± 652

2.34%

1 Year growth

± 8.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Decatur, GA grew at a rate of 2.34%, from 10.1k employees to 10.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Decatur, GA, are Management Occupations (1,819 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,196 people), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (923 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Decatur, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Decatur, GA, by number of employees, are Management Occupations (1,819 people), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1,196 people), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations (923 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Decatur, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (5.12 times higher than expected), Legal Occupations (4.61 times), and Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports, & Media Occupations (3.26 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Decatur, GA, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($142,321), Management Occupations ($104,896), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($94,819).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

10.3k

2017 Value

± 652

2.34%

1 Year growth

± 8.88%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Decatur, GA grew at a rate of 2.34%, from 10.1k employees to 10.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Decatur, GA, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,011 people), Educational Services (1,900 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,351 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Decatur, GA, though some of these residents may live in Decatur, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Decatur, GA, by number of employees, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2,011 people), Educational Services (1,900 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (1,351 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Decatur, GA has an unusually high number of Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (2.78 times higher than expected), Information (2.33 times), and Educational Services (1.98 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Decatur, GA, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($126,000), Finance & Insurance ($106,513), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($105,263).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $38B and Electronics and $30.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.9% of the population of Decatur, GA has health coverage, with 62.6% on employee plans, 9.41% on Medicaid, 8.23% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 1.32% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the place of Decatur, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Decatur, GA see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,519 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1,526 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.07%

Uninsured

62.6%

Employer Coverage

9.41%

Medicaid

8.23%

Medicare

13.3%

Non-Group

1.32%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Decatur, GA declined by 10.5% from 5.66% to 5.07%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Decatur, GA changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Decatur, GA is home to a population of 22k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2017, 9.72% of Decatur, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Decatur, GA is composed of 14.7k White Alone residents (66.5%), 4.68k Black or African American Alone residents (21.2%), 906 Asian Alone residents (4.11%), 836 Hispanic or Latino residents (3.8%), 758 Two or More Races residents (3.44%), 106 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.481%), 78 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.354%), and 8 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0363%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Decatur, GA are African Languages (586 speakers), Spanish or Spanish Creole (519 speakers), and Chinese (153 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 1.2

36

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Decatur, GA was 35.5. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 36. But people in Decatur, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Decatur, GA residents was 35.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

9.72%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

9.36%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 9.72% of Decatur, GA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Decatur, GA was 9.36%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Decatur, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Decatur, GA residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

95.8%

2017 Citizenship

95.9%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.8% of Decatur, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Decatur, GA was 95.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    14.7k ± 750

  2. Black or African American Alone

    4.68k ± 935

  3. Asian Alone

    906 ± 350

In 2017, there were 3.13 times more White Alone residents (14.7k people) in Decatur, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 4.68k Black or African American Alone and 906 Asian Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Decatur, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. African Languages

    586 speakers (3.16%)

  2. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    519 speakers (2.8%)

  3. Chinese

    153 speakers (0.826%)

11.3% of Decatur, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Decatur, GA was African Languages. 3.16% of the overall population of Decatur, GA are native African Languages speakers. 2.8% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole and 0.826% speak African Languages, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    402 ± 141

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    160 ± 83

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    105 ± 65

Decatur, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Decatur, GA awarded 981 degrees. The student population of Decatur, GA is skewed towards women, with 878 male students and 2,075 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Decatur, GA are Black or African American (536 and 57%), followed by White (250 and 26.6%), Hispanic or Latino (54 and 5.74%), and Two or More Races (33 and 3.51%).

The largest universities in Decatur, GA by number of degrees awarded are DeVry University-Georgia (679 and 69.2%), Agnes Scott College (228 and 23.2%), and Columbia Theological Seminary (74 and 7.54%).

The most popular majors in Decatur, GA are General Business Administration & Management (169 and 17.2%), Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations (163 and 16.6%), and Computer Systems Networking & Telecommunications (104 and 10.6%).

The median tuition costs in Decatur, GA are $38,232 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Decatur, GA was Other Business Administration, Management, & Operations with 140 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Decatur, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 679 degrees awarded

  2. 228 degrees awarded

  3. 74 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$38,232

Median Private

In 2016, the Decatur, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was DeVry University-Georgia with 679 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

326

Degrees Awarded to Men

655

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 326 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Decatur, GA, which is 0.498 times less than the 655 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. Black or African American

    536 degrees awarded

  2. White

    250 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    54 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Decatur, GA were to Black or African American students. These 536 degrees mean that there were 2.14 times more Black or African American students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 250 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Decatur, GA was $418,700 in 2017, which is 1.92 times larger than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $384,300 to $418,700, a 8.95% increase. The homeownership rate in Decatur, GA is 66.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Decatur, GA have an average commute time of 23.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Decatur, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$92,263

Median Household Income

± $11,920

8.13k

Number of Households

± 554

In 2017, the median household income of the 8.13k households in Decatur, GA grew to $92,263 from the previous year's value of $81,598.

The following chart displays the households in Decatur, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $200k+ range.

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Housing

Property Value

$418,700

2017 Median

± $23,081

$384,300

2016 Median

± $16,598

In 2017, the median property value in Decatur, GA grew to to $418,700 from the previous year's value of $384,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Decatur, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Decatur, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $500k - $750k range.

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Property Taxes

$3k+

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Decatur, GA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Decatur, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

66.7%

2017 Homeownership

63.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 66.7% of the housing units in Decatur, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 63.5%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Decatur, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Decatur, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Decatur, GA have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

23.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Decatur, GA have a shorter commute time (23.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.2% of the workforce in Decatur, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    64.9%

  2. Worked At Home

    12.9%

  3. Carpooled

    6.74%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Decatur, GA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Worked At Home and those who Carpooled.

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