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Welcome to Decatur ...

The pronunciation of Decatur: dee-KAY-ter<1>

The city of Decatur is located in Macon County and is the County Seat for Macon County.

When the people of Decatur refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Decaturian<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2016, Decatur has a population of 72,706 people<3> (see below for details).

Decatur was established in 1836.

The community of Decatur is 670 feet [204 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The area code for Decatur: (217)

The ZIP codes for Decatur: 62521-62526<5>

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Decatur had a population of 76,122 people (which is 68.72% of the total population of Macon County). This makes Decatur the county's most populous community.

The population of Decatur represents 0.59% of the population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 13th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 76,122 people, the population of Decatur decreased 7.01% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 81,860 people).

Taken from the 2016 Census Estimates, Decatur had an population of 72,706 people. This is a decrease of 4.49% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 11.18% since the 2000 Census).

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

Communities near Decatur ...

The following is a sample of nearby communities. Please note that when we give a distance, it's a 'straight-line' distance and not the distance if you are going to drive it.<6>.

Community   2016
Bement   [Map]   1,696   E   19 miles [30.6 km]
Bethany   [Map]   1,305   SE   17 miles [27.4 km]
Blue Mound   [Map]   1,101   SW   14 miles [22.5 km]
Cerro Gordo   [Map]   1,363   E   10 miles [16.1 km]
Harristown   [Map]   1,323   W   6 miles [9.7 km]
Lovington   [Map]   1,092   SE   18 miles [29 km]

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby 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 Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, 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.

See Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections that should be of interest to those chasing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Decatur. We make it easy 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.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Decatur. Our list includes 80 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Decatur:

Websites for Decatur ...

Official Website:
Chamber of Commerce:

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 get an overview with 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.

Search for Local Businesses ...

People have found Google's 'Search-by-Location' to be a useful tool when planning visits to this area. We have prepared the following searches to help you find businesses, travel and vacation activities that are in (or close to) Decatur. It's likely that the search results won't include all of the businesses that are in this area, but the results should give you a good foundation for further searches.

LodgingGas StationsBanks
Bed & BreakfastTruck StopsATMs
RestaurantsAuto RepairReal Estate
 RV RepairRentals
PharmacyAuto PartsChurches
 RV PartsCemeteries
AttractionsMotorcycle Parts 
 DentistsPost Offices
Auto RentalChiropractors 
Auto LeasingVeterinarians 

Business Owners: To appear in the above search results, your business will need to be listed with the Google Places service. Please use the below link to learn about and register for the free service.

If you find an error or if your business wasn't included in the results, please contact Google to register your business or report an error. We simply link to 'Search-by-Location' and have no control over their results. Only a registered owner/operator can add their business or correct mistakes - we can not do it for you.

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Footnotes ...

<1>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation. While it might not be exactly right, it should be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

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<2>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.

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<3>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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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Decatur - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>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: 62521, 62522, 62523, 62524, 62525 & 62526.

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<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance beginning in Decatur. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn 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 for your convenience: 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: 39.8558, Longitude: -88.9339     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Decatur have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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<7>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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For additional information, please visit our Glossary for Decatur.