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Introduction ...

Below are places that are close (or relative) to Decatur.

This page contains five sections:

Around Decatur ...

The largest community within a 50 mile [80 km] radius is Huntsville. It is located about 21 miles [33 km] to the east of Decatur. Huntsville has a population of 191,000 people.<1>

The next largest community is Madison. It is located about 15 miles [24 km] to the northeast of Decatur and has a population of 47,000 people.

For comparison, Decatur has a population of 55,400 people.

The following large communities are also in the area. Keep in mind that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance from Decatur and not the distance if you drove.<2>

Community   2015
Population
DirectionDistance
Albertville   [Map]   21,462   SE   49 miles [78.9 km]
Arab   [Map]   8,295   SE   33 miles [53.1 km]
Athens   [Map]   24,966   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Cullman   [Map]   15,350   S   29 miles [46.7 km]
Florence   [Map]   40,026   NW   42 miles [67.6 km]
Guntersville   [Map]   8,385   E   43 miles [69.2 km]
Haleyville   [Map]   4,088   SW   43 miles [69.2 km]
Hartselle   [Map]   14,493   S   10 miles [16.1 km]
Muscle Shoals   [Map]   13,706   W   38 miles [61.2 km]
Russellville   [Map]   9,847   W   42 miles [67.6 km]
Sheffield   [Map]   9,108   W   42 miles [67.6 km]
Tuscumbia   [Map]   8,474   W   42 miles [67.6 km]
Liberty Grove (TN)   [Map]   ---   NW   38 miles [61.2 km]
New Prospect (TN)   [Map]   ---   N   46 miles [74 km]
Powell Chapel (TN)   [Map]   ---   N   44 miles [70.8 km]

The following is a sample of neighboring communities:

Community   2015
Population
DirectionDistance
Belle Mina   [Map]   ---   NE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Burningtree Mountain   [Map]   ---   SE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Country Village   [Map]   ---   N   13 miles [20.9 km]
Danville   [Map]   ---   SW   13 miles [20.9 km]
Flint City   [Map]   ---   S   4 miles [6.4 km]
Harris Station   [Map]   ---   N   4 miles [6.4 km]
Hillsboro   [Map]   519   W   12 miles [19.3 km]
Mooresville   [Map]   58   NE   6 miles [9.7 km]
Moulton Heights   [Map]   ---   W   Less than 2 miles
Orrville   [Map]   ---   N   5 miles [8 km]
Priceville   [Map]   3,179   SE   7 miles [11.3 km]
Russell Village   [Map]   ---   S   2 miles [3.2 km]
Swancott   [Map]   ---   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
Tanner   [Map]   ---   N   9 miles [14.5 km]
Trinity   [Map]   2,157   W   5 miles [8 km]

For more communities neighboring Decatur, please visit our County-by-County Page for Decatur.

Morgan County ...

Decatur is primarily located in Morgan County and is the County Seat. A portion of Decatur extends into Limestone County.

The following counties adjoin and form the boundaries of Morgan County: Cullman, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Marshall & Winston.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Decatur ...

Looking for more information about Decatur? A good source is the TripAdvisor website and we always start with their TripAdvisor Tourism page. The Tourism page gives you an overview and then the links that will help you to find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Decatur, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information and a map of those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Tourism Map for Decatur.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a new section that have been added to our Genealogy Helper Page for Decatur.

We have a list of several cemeteries that are in the area around Decatur. Our list includes the location of each cemetery, with the ability to see an overhead view of the cemetery.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Decatur. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.

Airports Near Decatur ...

Of the airports that we know about, these are some of the closest to Decatur.

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)<3>  NFDC<4>
Report  
DirectionDistance
Pryor Fld. Rgnl.(ICAO: KDCU)   [Map]   DCU   NNE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Huntsville Intl. (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]   HSV   ENE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Rountree Fld.   [Map]   5M0   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Lawrence Co. Airport   [Map]   9A4   WNW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Folsom Fld.(3A1/K3A1)   [Map]   3A1   SSE   23 miles [37 km]
Addison Muni.   [Map]   2A8   SSW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Madison County Exec. (ICAO: KMDQ)   [Map]   MDQ   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Madison County Sky Park   [Map]   ---   ENE   31 miles [49.9 km]

When we're on the road, rather than always picking an airport that is close to our destination, we try to see if there might be another airport that would be a better fit to our travel plans.<5> To help with your planning, the following list of airports is organized by type and where they are relatively close to Decatur.

Please keep in mind that these airports where chosen based on their air-distance from Decatur. You should check the map and see how accessible they are when considering one airport over another.

Large Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Birmingham Intl. (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]   BHM   S   72 miles [115.9 km]
Nashville Intl. (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]   BNA   N   107 miles [172.2 km]
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl. (ATL/KATL)   [Map]   ATL   ESE   160 miles [257.5 km]
Memphis Intl. (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]   MEM   WNW   172 miles [276.8 km]
McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]   TYS   ENE   188 miles [302.6 km]

Smaller Airports with Scheduled Flights / Air Taxi Service

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Huntsville Intl. (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]   HSV   ENE   12 miles [19.3 km]
Northwest Alabama Rgnl. (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]   MSL   WNW   37 miles [59.5 km]

General Aviation Airports

Airport Name (IATA/ICAO Code)  NFDC
Report  
DirectionDistance
Pryor Fld. Rgnl.(ICAO: KDCU)   [Map]   DCU   NNE   4 miles [6.4 km]
Rountree Fld.   [Map]   5M0   S   13 miles [20.9 km]
Lawrence Co. Airport   [Map]   9A4   WNW   21 miles [33.8 km]
Folsom Fld.(3A1/K3A1)   [Map]   3A1   SSE   23 miles [37 km]
Addison Muni.   [Map]   2A8   SSW   28 miles [45.1 km]
Madison County Exec. (ICAO: KMDQ)   [Map]   MDQ   NE   30 miles [48.3 km]
Madison County Sky Park   [Map]   ---   ENE   31 miles [49.9 km]

Additional Airport Information

For each of the airports listed below, we've linked to websites where detailed information about the airport can be found.

Birmingham Intl.   (BHM/KBHM)   [Map]
        Website for Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Nashville Intl.   (BNA/KBNA)   [Map]
        Website for Nashville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Lovell Fld.   (CHA/KCHA)   [Map]
        Website for Lovell Field
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
John C. Tune Airport   (ICAO: KJWN)   [Map]
        Website for John C. Tune Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Pryor Fld. Rgnl.   (ICAO: KDCU)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Folsom Fld.   (3A1/K3A1)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Madison County Exec.   (ICAO: KMDQ)   [Map]
        Website for Madison County Executive Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Hartsfield - Jackson Intl.   (ATL/KATL)   [Map]
        Website for Hartsfield - Jackson Atlanta International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Fayetteville Muni.   (ICAO: KFYM)   [Map]
        Website for Fayetteville Municipal Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Memphis Intl.   (MEM/KMEM)   [Map]
        Website for Memphis International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
McGhee Tyson Airport   (TYS/KTYS)   [Map]
        Website for McGhee Tyson Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Pensacola Rgnl.   (PNS/KPNS)   [Map]
        Website for Pensacola Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Florida Rgnl.   (VPS/KVPS)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Florida Regional Airport (Elgin AFB)
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Huntsville Intl.   (HSV/KHSV)   [Map]
        Website for Huntsville International Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Northwest Alabama Rgnl.   (MSL/KMSL)   [Map]
        Website for Northwest Alabama Regional Airport
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 
Tuscaloosa Rgnl.   (TCL/KTCL)   [Map]
        For more detail:     AirNav       AOPA       FAA       FlightAware       FlightStats
 

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Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Morgan County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Decatur: www.digitaldecatur.com/

The official website for Morgan County: www.co.morgan.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: www.alabama.gov/







Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Decatur.

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<2>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance that starts in Decatur. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Decatur) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Decatur. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Decatur

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Decatur. The point that we are using is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5932, Longitude: -86.9804     [Map].

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<3>The IATA and ICAO are organizations that, amongst other functions, provide identifying codes for airports. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an airline trade organization. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is an agency of the United Nations. Although the codes are similar, be careful not to confuse them.

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<4>On an airport-by-airport basis, an NFDC report typically includes a description of airport operations, contacts, the runway(s), and radio, navigation & weather frequencies. The National Flight Data Center (NFDC) is operated by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) with the purpose of collecting, validating and disseminating information about airports.

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<5>When we are planning a trip (for example, to Decatur), we usually look for the obvious: the choice of airlines that fly into the airport, the number of flights, the connections we have to make, which car rentals are available, etc. We also look for sights and attractions that we might find between any given airport and our destination - we do love exploring. We're willing to fly into a more distant airport if we can get the services and amenities that we like. Even though our choice of airport might be inconvenient to others, it usually gives us a better trip.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Decatur.



 
 
 

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