Information About Decatur

The total estimated population is 60,984. Density is low at 630 persons per square mile.

Races of Residents

Population by Race: White: 47,070; Black: 11,077; Two or More Races: 795; Asian: 399; American Indian: 349; Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander: 68; Other Race: 1,226; Hispanic Population: Hispanic or Latino: 3,153 (5%); Not Hispanic or Latino: 57,831 (95%)

There are 2,548 foreign born residents, of which 37.2% are naturalized citizens.

Most Common Birthplaces

Foreign Born: Mexico: 1,663; Guatemala: 130; Japan: 120; India: 69; United Kingdom: 52; Canada: 51; Cuba: 37; U.S. Born: This State: 41,523; South: 9,126; Midwest: 4,509; West: 1,467; Northeast: 1,460;

Most Common Foreign Birthplaces in Decatur Most Common US Birthplaces in Decatur

The sex distribution is 49% male and 51% female. The median age is 37 years.

Age Distribution

There are 5,422 married couples with children and 2,344 single-parent households (428 men, 1,916 women).

The median household income is $40,726 in 1999 dollars.

Median Household Income Comparisons

U.S.: $41,994; Alabama: $34,135; Decatur: $40,726;

14% of the population lives below the poverty line.

Poverty Level Comparisons

U.S.: 12%; Alabama: 16%; Decatur: 14%;

Household Income Distribution

In thousands of dollars.

Work Type and Occupations

Work Type: Private wage and salary: 20,729; Government: 3,531; Self-employed: 1,532; Unpaid family work: 89; Occupation: Management, professional, and related: 8,209; Sales and office: 6,805; Production, transportation, and material moving: 5,951; Professional and related: 5,208; Production: 4,409; Office and administrative support: 3,723;

Work Types in Decatur Common Occupations in Decatur

The average commute time is 21 minutes to and from work.

Transportation to Work

Car or truck (drove alone): 23,083; Car or truck (carpooled): 2,755; Worked at home: 425; Walked: 285; Public transportation: 69; Motorcycle: 49; Bicycle: 27;

Transportation to work methods in Decatur

Educational Attainment

Percent of population in Decatur.

There are 26,679 housing units, of which 19,207 are single family homes.

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing

All Housing Units: Owner: 16,089; Renter: 8,303; Vacant: 2,287; Owner-Occupied: Mortgaged: 10,828; Not Mortgaged: 5,261;

Owner vs. Renter Occupied Housing in Decatur

The median single family home value is $97,350.

Median Monthly Cost for Mortgaged Homes

U.S.: $1,088; Alabama: $816; Decatur: $848;

Median Rent for Rental Units

U.S.: $519; Alabama: $339; Decatur: $362;

The average household size is 2 and the median number of rooms in housing units is 6.

Housing Units By Year Built

1939 or earlier: 1,512; 1940 to 1949: 1,267; 1950 to 1959: 3,027; 1960 to 1969: 4,892; 1970 to 1979: 5,357; 1980 to 1989: 5,237; 1990 to 1994: 2,916; 1995 to 1998: 1,939; 1999 to March 2000: 532;

0.9% of homes lack plumbing and 3.4% lack telephone service.

Commonly Used Home Heating Fuel

Electricity: 14,502; Utility Gas: 8,542; Bottled, tank, or LP gas: 883; Wood: 227;

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