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Decatur is getting national attention for being a great place to live!

Decatur has been making all kinds of headlines recently about being one of the most affordable places to live in the country – and one of the top places people in Huntsville are choosing to live to get away from city traffic and prices. New houses, apartments, and neighborhoods are popping up everywhere across the city. View all awards and rankings.


Where do people in Huntsville want to move to?



Most Affordable Small Metro in the US



Cheapest Places to Live (for City Dwellers) in the US


Top 4

Cities on the Rise to Consider for Affordable Living


Decatur offers an excellent quality of life.

Decatur is a fun arts and outdoors community on the Tennessee River, located just 30 minutes outside of Huntsville. The city is home to the Cook Museum of Natural Science, Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, Point Mallard Water Park and Campground, arts, history, and a beautiful downtown with lots of things to do. There are so many reasons we love calling Decatur home.

Decatur has great people and great stories.

We picked the top 10 attributes we think make Decatur special, and we are sharing stories for all of them! What characteristics do YOU think are most important for your next home?

Are you a young professional? Move to Decatur and apply for up to $15,000 towards your student loans!

Decatur made history by being the first community in the country to create a comprehensive incentive package to attract STEM graduates to become residents of the community. The incentives go far beyond student loan payment assistance and include connecting you to social events with other young professionals and community leaders, providing personal assistance and recommendations, and more.

Tune in to what’s happening in Decatur!