Decatur is the county seat of DeKalb County, Georgia. Though it is sometimes considered to be larger due to the high number of zip codes included in the county, Decatur’s population was just over 20,000 as recently as 2013. Known as the “City of homes, schools and places of worship,” Decatur is part of the Atlanta Metropolitan Area.
Established along the Chattahoochee River in 1822, Decatur received its name from Stephen Decatur. Playing a prominent role in the American Civil War, the city’s courthouse still marks the site of a particularly nasty confrontation.
According to 2010 census information, 73% of Decatur’s population is white, 20% African-American, 3% Asian and 3% Hispanic/Latino. The median household income was $73,602 — $73,089 for men and $58,580 for women. Over 12% of families and nearly 15% of individuals were living below the poverty line in Decatur as of 2010.
Educationally, Decatur is home to College Heights Early Childhood Learning Center; Winnona Park Elementary School; Westchester Elementary School; Oakhurst Elementary School; Clairemont Elementary School; The 4/5 Academy at Fifth Avenue; Carl G. Renfroe Middle School and Decatur High School. Higher learning institutions in the Decatur area include Georgia State Universities Perimeter College, Emory University, Agnes Scott College and Columbia Theological Seminary.
Popular neighborhoods include Adair Park, Parkwood, Chelsea Heights, Glennwood Estates and Decatur Heights. Notable attractions and events include the Decatur Arts Festival, Eddie’s Attic, the Decatur Railway Depot, Decatur Cemetery, the Old DeKalb County Courthouse, Fraser House and High House.
The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County is located at 556 North McDonough Street in Decatur, Georgia, 30030.