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Decatur is #1!

Welcome to Decatur, Illinois, a vibrant city offering a world of experiences and opportunities, from work, to play, to high-quality living. With a blossoming business and economic district, Decatur offers a wide range of career opportunities, from service to manufacturing to technology, as well as plenty of events and entertainment in a thriving downtown. It's not hard to see why Forbes Magazine named Decatur #1 of 94 smaller Best Places!

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High Quality of Life

Major Employment Opportunities

As a leader in American manufacturing and home to many large businesses and industries, Decatur offers a wide variety of jobs spanning areas from agricultural processing to design and manufacturing. Decatur is also known as the agri-processing center of the world, as the location of both A.E. Staley and Archer Daniels Midland.

Some of the major employers in Decatur include Archer Daniels Midland, Tate & Lyle, Caterpillar Inc., and Akorn Incorporated, as well as Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur Public School District, St. Mary’s Hospital, and Millikin University.

Explore Events & Attractions

Decatur is a small but bustling city home to a plethora of attractions, events, and entertainment opportunities. With over 130 festivals and events throughout the year, there’s plenty of excitement to be found, any time of the year. The Decatur Celebration offers a street fair of concerts, food, arts, and crafts. Live shows, plays, and concerts can be enjoyed at the Kirkland Fine Arts Center, while the Avon Theatre features release movie. The Scovill Zoo and the Children’s Museum of Illinois offer unique exhibits and learning opportunities, while Downtown Decatur is a hub of restaurants, bars, live music, and nightlife.

Amenities, Education & Recreation

Shopping & Dining

In need of a retail fix? Head downtown to Merchant Street, the most famous street in Decatur, and home to a plethora of shops and boutiques, specialty gift stores, restaurants and eateries, salons and beauty boutiques, and even theatres and entertainment venues. From local business to big-box chain stores, Decatur has your needs and interests more than covered.

Transportation & Travel

Decatur is centrally located within an hour of Bloomington, Springfield, and Champaign and two hours of S. Louis, three hours of Chicago, and two and a half hours from Indianapolis. It’s home to the Decatur Airport which offers passenger and cargo access to several regional and private airlines and complements the area’s extensive highway and rail systems.

Outdoor Recreation

With over 2000 acres of parkland, it’s not hard to get outside in Decatur. With facilities for picnics, events, sports, and community events, as well as parks offering waterfront access, skate parks, dog parks, gardens, riding stables, a public zoo, and miles of trails, there are venues for all ages and interests to enjoy. There are even five public and two private golf courses. It's also home to waterfront enjoyment on Lake Decatur.

Even More to Love in Decatur

Decatur Public Schools

From preschool to senior citizens, Decatur provides first-class educational experiences. The Decatur Public School District has about 12,500 students enrolled in 25 schools, with an additional 2000 students enrolled in private schools. Decatur Public Schools aim to educate every student for lifelong success by creating responsible, caring, and productive citizens. There are also many options for secondary education in Decatur, including Richland Community College, which features the newest campus in Illinois, and Millikin University, which is one of the country’s outstanding small comprehensive universities.

Special Events

Decatur's special offerings cover a wide range of interests and activities. January brings nationally known musicians to the Central Illinois Jazz Festival, while spring brings the World Old-Time Piano Playing Competition. On Memorial Day weekend, the Summerstart Festival includes APHA hydroplane races, a carnival, big-name entertainment, and fun on Lake Decatur. The Fourth of July celebration is a day of fun, food, entertainment, and fireworks. Since 1986, the highlight of a Decatur summer is the Decatur Celebration, the largest free family street festival in Illinois. The Celebration lasts three days and encompasses twenty-five city blocks, filling the streets with games, food, crafts, roving performers, and big-name entertainment.

Find Your Decatur Home

Decatur offers a wide variety of homes, from old with character to new construction, and many located waterfront on Lake Decatur.

Ready to find your Decatur home? Contact Glenda Williamson Realty today for more information or to schedule a showing.


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