City of Decatur
|Incorporated||December 10, 1823|
|Address||1450 Commerce Drive
Decatur, Georgia 30030
Decatur, the county seat of DeKalb County, is the oldest city in the county. Decatur was designated county seat on December 10, 1823, and named after Stephen Decatur, a U.S. Naval hero.
In historic Decatur, the Old Courthouse on the Square, is a restored 1898 courthouse that also houses the 1500 volume archives, a museum on DeKalb County and Civil War exhibits.
Also located in Decatur is the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. This museum showcases wonders of the ancient civilizations to the art and architecture of the twentieth century.
Decatur is the home of several colleges, including Agnes Scott College, Columbia Theological Seminary and the south campus of Georgia Perimeter College.
According to 2000 Census, the City of Decatur had a population of 18,147 persons. Between 1990 and 2000, the city experienced a population increase of 4.9%, compared to the state growth during this period of 26.4%.