Consistently receives high marks as a great place to live in the Atlanta metro-area.

Welcome to Decatur

The General Assembly incorporated the City of Decatur -named in honor of Stephen Decatur, an early American naval hero, in 1823.  Decatur is located on the Northeast side of Atlanta, east of I-85, and convenient to Emory University and the Atlanta CDC.
Located on or near Sycamore Street, some of Decatur’s earliest homes date to the late 1880s-1890s. Sycamore Street, then known as Covington Road, was the stagecoach line from Augusta. Many of Decatur’s finest homes were built on Sycamore Street, Hillyer Place, Sycamore Place, Barry Street, Pate Street and North Candler Street. A few of these homes remain today. With the addition of the railroad, then trolley lines, and cars, the City of Decatur expanded. Homes and neighborhoods grew accordingly in the garden suburbs of the city.  
The first residential neighborhood in Decatur, known today as M.A.K. (named for its main streets: McDonough, Adams, and Kings Highway), was built on land purchased in 1907. Many homes in this ten-block neighborhood were designed by Leila Ross Wilburn, a graduate of Decatur’s historic Agnes Scott College, and one of only two women registered as an architect in Atlanta in 1920. Several of her craftsman-style homes still exist today in M.AK. and throughout Decatur and the South.
Today, with solid schools, a historic college, garden suburbs, a family atmosphere, and lively nightlife (walkability being key here), the City of Decatur consistently receives high marks as a great place to live in the Atlanta metro-area.

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