Decatur, Alabama Population 2020

53,602

Decatur is a city located in Alabama. With a 2020 population of 53,602, it is the 9th largest city in Alabama and the 741st largest city in the United States. Decatur is currently declining at a rate of -0.61% annually and its population has decreased by -3.74% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 55,683 in 2010. Decatur reached it's highest population of 55,887 in 2011. Spanning over 61 miles, Decatur has a population density of 990 people per square mile.

The average household income in Decatur is $63,768 with a poverty rate of 19.59%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $645 per month, and the median house value is $133,000. The median age in Decatur is 40 years, 38.5 years for males, and 41.2 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.0 males.

Decatur Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Decatur was:

  • White: 68.03%
  • Black or African American: 22.67%
  • Other race: 5.96%
  • Two or more races: 2.48%
  • Asian: 0.55%
  • Native American: 0.30%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of Decatur, Alabama is 53,602, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 54,264.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 55,683.

Decatur, Alabama Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020152,3621580.10%
2019152,2041580.10%
2018152,0461580.10%
2017151,888-315-0.21%
2016152,203-216-0.14%
2015152,419-487-0.32%
2014152,906-245-0.16%
2013153,151-748-0.49%
2012153,899-163-0.11%
2011154,0621140.07%
2010153,9480.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White37,15668.03%
Black or African American12,38222.67%
Some Other Race3,2575.96%
Two or More Races1,3552.48%
Asian3030.55%
American Indian and Alaska Native1640.30%

Decatur Population Pyramid 2020

Decatur Median Age

40


Total

38.5


Male

41.2


Female

Decatur Adults

There are 42,027 adults, (9,700 of whom are seniors) in Decatur.

Decatur Age Dependency

69

Age Dependency Ratio

30

Old Age Dependency Ratio

38.9

Child Dependency Ratio

Decatur Sex Ratio

Female

28,744

52.63%

Male

25,873

47.37%

Decatur Households and Families

Decatur Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Decatur Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.8%16.2%
All62.6%37.4%
Non Family51.6%48.4%
Male47.9%52.1%
Female33.2%66.8%

62.6%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All22,0812.4362.6
Married9,6003.183.8
Non Family8,0761.1851.6
Female3,4723.2133.2
Male9333.547.9

3.1

Average Family Size

2.43

Average Household Size

4.8%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.1%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Decatur Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade2,5966.92%
9th to 12th Grade3,79410.11%
High School Graduate9,90826.41%
Some College8,70823.21%
Associates Degree3,3208.85%
Bachelors Degree6,55417.47%
Graduate Degree2,6377.03%

Decatur Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White25,35022,9687,801
Black7,6555,993775
Hispanic3,6601,336166
Other Race1,60846313
Multiple Races581574308
Asian224209123
Native American16016018

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 54.91%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,289$37,997$27,242
Less Than High School$20,110$21,892$13,503
High School Grad$22,287$27,396$21,074
Some College$34,178$41,090$29,156
Bachelors Degree$41,978$59,583$33,248
Graduate Degree$60,677$85,982$53,015

$31,289

Average Earnings

$37,997

Average Male

$27,242

Average Female

Decatur Language

Decatur Language by Age

Decatur Language

88.44% of Decatur residents speak only English, while 11.56% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 10.17% of the population.

Decatur Poverty

Decatur Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black12,0834,09433.88%
White32,6513,34310.24%
Hispanic7,2522,73437.70%
Other3,2571,29739.82%
Multiple1,35231223.08%
Asian3038427.72%

19.59%

Overall Poverty Rate

16.06%

Male Poverty Rate

22.74%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Decatur

The race most likely to be in poverty in Decatur is Other, with 39.82% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Decatur is White, with 10.24% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.64%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.81%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 24.43%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School36.07%
High School17.28%
Some College12.04%
Bachelors or Greater2.88%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed43.88%
Male Unemployed39.55%
Female Employed12.39%
Male Employed6.27%

Decatur Income

Decatur Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$45,048$63,768
Families$59,919$78,128
Married Families$78,096-
Non Families$28,549$37,143

Decatur Marital Status

Decatur Marital Status

Marriage Rates

45.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

49.4%

Male Marriage Rate

42.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Decatur Married by Age and Sex

Decatur Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Decatur Marital Status by Race

Decatur Veterans

3,490

Number of Veterans

3,254

Male Veterans

236

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,247
Second Gulf War676
First Gulf War662
Korea424
World War II230
Age Group Veterans
75+946
65 to 74860
35 to 54837
55 to 64669
18 to 34178
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,6918.96%
Black5185.89%
Hispanic2235.10%
2 or More20423.89%
Indian4528.13%
Other321.67%

$Decatur Veterans by Education

9.63%

Veteran Poverty Rate

36.03%

Veteran Disability Rate

Decatur Employment Status

56%

Labor Force Participation

52.9%

Employment Rate

5.7%

Unemployment Rate

Decatur Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.05%

Born in Alabama

93.19%

Native Born

6.81%

Foreign Born

5.21%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

93.19% of Decatur residents were born in the United States, with 66.05% having been born in Alabama. 5.21% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202053,602-331-0.61%
201953,933-331-0.61%
201854,264-83-0.15%
201754,347-331-0.61%
201654,678-329-0.60%
201555,007-239-0.43%
201455,246-193-0.35%
201355,439-365-0.65%
201255,804-83-0.15%
201155,887750.13%
201055,8121,8830.34%
200053,9295,1681.01%
199048,7616,7591.50%
198042,0023,9580.99%
197038,0448,8272.68%
196029,2179,2433.88%
195019,9743,3701.87%
194016,6041,0110.63%
193015,59310,84112.62%
19204,7525241.18%
19104,2281,1143.11%
19003,1143491.20%
18902,7650.00%