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Decatur is a township in Macon County, in the Decatur metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Decatur. For links to other places called Decatur, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Decatur is 39.846N. The longitude is -88.959W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 673 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 58,355.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Decatur demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Macon County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62523 ZIP code.
19% of Decatur residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Decatur ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Decatur was $16,967, compared with $21,587 nationally.
15% of Decatur residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Decatur, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $329. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $641.
Macon County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Decatur political report.
The average commute time for Decatur workers is 18 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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