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North Decatur is a census-designated place (CDP) in DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. The population was 16,698 at the 2010 census.
North Decatur is located at 33°48′11″N 84°17′24″W (33.803054, -84.290123).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.0 square miles (12.9 km²), all land. The North Decatur CDP's boundaries are:
Vista Grove, which includes neighborhoods located around the intersection of LaVista Road and Oak Grove Road, is generally considered to be the community north of North Decatur. However, Vista Grove's neighborhoods that are south and southwest of LaVista Road technically lie within the North Decatur CDP.
There is no true center to North Decatur; there are three commercial clusters at corners of the CDP:
Toco Hills, a de facto commercial center for several CDPs north of the city of Decatur, has grown from a country store in 1950, with a single gas pump and a pot-bellied stove, to multiple shopping centers, coffee houses, houses of worship and townhouses.
North Decatur primarily consists of 1950s and 1960s-era ranch homes, although condominiums are increasingly being developed in this community. Its proximity to Atlanta's Midtown and Buckhead districts, as well as Emory University and Decatur, makes it a desirable "in-town" location for what was originally developed as a suburban community.
As of the census of 2000, there were 15,270 people, 7,974 households, and 3,333 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 3,054.0 people per square mile (1,179.2/km²). There were 8,387 housing units at an average density of 1,677.4/sq mi (647.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.79% White, 8.04% African American, 0.25% Native American, 5.73% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.81% of the population.
There were 7,974 households out of which 14.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.5% were married couples living together, 6.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 58.2% were non-families. 45.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.85 and the average family size was 2.61.
In the CDP, the population was spread out with 12.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 36.2% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 77.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.4 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $50,047, and the median income for a family was $66,073. Males had a median income of $46,753 versus $38,955 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $33,739. About 3.6% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.3% of those under age 18 and 4.5% of those age 65 or over.
An early settler in this part of DeKalb County was Chapman Powell, whose "Medicine House" cabin was built near 1218 Clairmont Road. (It has been preserved and relocated to Stone Mountain Park.) Dr. Powell (1798-1870) owned most of the land in the Candler Lake and South Fork Peachtree Creek area during his lifetime. His land was later purchased by Walter Candler.
Ezekiel Mason built a mill on the east side of Clairmont Road on Burnt Fork Creek. DeKalb County's Mason Mill Park, as well as local eatery Mason Tavern, are named after Ezekiel Mason.
DeKalb County Schools serves the CDP. Some residents are zoned to Laurel Ridge Elementary School, while other residents are zoned to Medlock Elementary School; both are in the North Decatur CDP. Residents zoned to Laurel Ridge and Medlock are also zoned to Druid Hills Middle School (in the North Decatur CDP) and Druid Hills High School (in the Druid Hills CDP).
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