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Decatur, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The Town of Decatur had a population of 1,967 as of July 1, 2015.

The primary coordinate point for Decatur is located at latitude 32.434 and longitude -89.1112 in Newton County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Decatur (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.51 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Newton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 430 feet.

The Town of Decatur (GNIS ID: 2406366) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Decatur population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Decatur, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 1,967
Population in Households 1,608
Population in Familes 1,287
Population in Group Qrtrs 359
Population Density1 358
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 668
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 435
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 718 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 375 (52.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 294 (40.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 50 ( 7.0%)
Median Home Value $87,057
Average Home Value $106,000


Median Household Income $35,304
Average Household Income $43,042
Per Capita Income $15,570
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.27% 1.32%
Households 2.36% 1.6%
Families 2.4% 1.47%
Median Household Income   1.21%
Per Capita Income   2.06%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

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Decatur, MS - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Decatur to the other 362 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Mississippi by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 126 65th
Population Density1 # 239 34th
Diversity Index2 # 127 65th
Median Household Income # 139 62nd
Per Capita Income # 243 33rd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Mississippi Census Data Comparison Tool.