Nicknamed "The River City" because of the Tennessee River along the north border, Decatur, AL’s nearly 55 square miles is home to more than 56,000 people. The city’s affordability, large school system and excellent culture and entertainment make it a popular place for families and singles alike. A typical single-family home is just $124,000, more affordable than the nation’s average.
The city’s children attend Decatur City Schools, first going to one of 12 elementary schools before moving on to one of three middle schools, and finally, to either Decatur High School or Austin High School. Some students attend private schools, of which there are several, including Faith Christian Academy and St. Ann’s Catholic School. Decatur has only one college in city limits, John C Calhoun State Community College, but the University of Alabama in Huntsville is just 22 miles away, making it an easy commute for area residents.
Decatur’s temperatures are mild in the winter, ranging from the mid-30s to the low 40s, and warm in the summer, when highs reach the 90s. The area’s close proximity to water makes it popular for boating, fishing and other watersports, and nature enthusiasts rave about Wheeler Wildlife Refuge. Decatur hosts several festivals each year, including the Spirit of America Festival - the largest free Fourth of July festival in the country. The Alabama Jubilee Hot Air Balloon Classis is another popular family outing. Many residents take entire days to visit the Blue & Gray Museum of North Alabama, home to military gear from wars past, or to drive or walk through the beautiful homes in the Old Decatur Historical District. Of course, simple outings such as an afternoon in the Downtown Shopping District or at Point Mallard Park are common, too. Rich in history and culture, Decatur, AL is a truly unique place to live. You can browse our listing of available homes to get started.