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Decatur, Mississippi - Basic Facts

The Town of Decatur is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Newton County at latitude 32.434 and longitude -89.1112. Newton County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 430 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Decatur, but most people and references simply refer to it as Decatur, Mississippi.

The P1 Census Class Code for Decatur indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

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Decatur, MS Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,004
Population in Households 1,650
Population in Familes 1,323
Population in Group Qrtrs 354
Population Density1 365
Diversity Index2 50


Total Households 686
Average Household Size 2.41
Family Households 447
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 730 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 390 (53.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 296 (40.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 44 ( 6.0%)
Median Home Value $86,833
Average Home Value $107,326


Median Household Income $34,163
Average Household Income $41,817
Per Capita Income $15,225
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 2.02% 1.83%
Households 3.57% 2.2%
Families 3.64% 2.06%
Median Household Income   0.43%
Per Capita Income   0.9%
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.


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, 2014 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 # 125 66th
Population Density1 # 236 35th
Diversity Index2 # 134 64th
Median Household Income # 167 54th
Per Capita Income # 267 27th

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