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Welcome to Decatur ...

The city of Decatur is primarily located in Morgan County<1> and is the County Seat for Morgan County. A portion of Decatur extends into Limestone County.

The pronunciation of Decatur: dee-KAY-ter<2>

When the people of Decatur<3> refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Decaturian<4>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Decatur has a population of 54,264 people<5> (see below for details).

Decatur was established in 1821.

The community of Decatur is 590 feet [180 m] above sea level.<6>.

Time Zone: Decatur lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Decatur: (256) and (938)<7>

The ZIP codes for Decatur: 35601-35603, 35609, 35699<8>

Websites for Decatur ...

Official Website:   www.digitaldecatur.com/

Junior League:   www.jlmorgancounty.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Decatur had an population of 54,264 people. This is a decrease of 2.55% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 0.62% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Decatur had a population of 55,683 people (which is 46.6% of the total population of Morgan County). This makes Decatur the county's most populous community.

The population of Decatur represents 1.16% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 8th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 55,683 people, the population of Decatur increased 3.25% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 53,929 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Decatur.

Communities Also Named Decatur ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 20 communities that are also named Decatur - they are located in Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Decatur.

Communities near Decatur ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Decatur.

  • Madison [Madison County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madison have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madison
    • Madison [Madison County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<10> to the northeast of Decatur
    • Estimated population for 2018: 50,440 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madison
  • Athens [Limestone County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Athens have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Athens
    • Athens [Limestone County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<10> to the north of Decatur
    • Estimated population for 2018: 26,247 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Athens
  • Hartselle [Morgan County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hartselle have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hartselle
    • Hartselle [Morgan County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<10> to the south of Decatur
    • Estimated population for 2018: 14,425 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hartselle
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hartselle
  • Priceville [Morgan County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Priceville have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Priceville
    • Priceville [Morgan County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<10> to the southeast of Decatur
    • Estimated population for 2018: 3,623 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Priceville
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Moulton [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Moulton have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Moulton
      • Moulton [Lawrence County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<10> to the southwest of Decatur
      • Estimated population for 2018: 3,234 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Moulton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Moulton
    • Falkville [Morgan County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Falkville have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Falkville
      • Falkville [Morgan County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<10> to the south of Decatur
      • Estimated population for 2018: 1,248 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Falkville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Falkville
    • Somerville [Morgan County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Somerville have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Somerville
      • Somerville [Morgan County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<10> to the southeast of Decatur
      • Estimated population for 2018: 769 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Somerville
    • Triana [Madison County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Triana have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Triana
      • Triana [Madison County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<10> to the east of Decatur
      • Estimated population for 2018: 619 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Triana
    • North Courtland [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for North Courtland have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for North Courtland
      • North Courtland [Lawrence County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<10> to the west of Decatur
      • Estimated population for 2018: 611 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on North Courtland
    • Hillsboro [Lawrence County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hillsboro have been provided by the GNIS.<9> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hillsboro
      • Hillsboro [Lawrence County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<10> to the west of Decatur
      • Estimated population for 2018: 516 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hillsboro
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hillsboro

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Decatur. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Decatur.

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 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Decatur.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Decatur. Our list includes 14 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Decatur.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Decatur ...

Looking for more information about Decatur? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Decatur, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Decatur.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Visit our Community Index for 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: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Morgan, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Decatur. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<3>Previous names for Decatur include: Albany and New Decatur. For more information, please visit our Genealogy Helper Page for Decatur.
<4>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Decatur refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Decatur may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.
<5>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Decatur.
<6>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Decatur - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<7>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).
<8>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Decatur). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Decatur or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Decatur includes: 35601, 35602, 35609 & 35699.
<9>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<10>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions 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, 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 we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.5932, Longitude: -86.9804    






















 

 

 

 

 


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