Niche Ranks Decatur #1 Place To Live in Georgia

Decatur took the top spot this year on Niche’s list of the Top Places to Live in Georgia.

Niche’s annual rank uses dozens of data points including performance of local schools, crime rates, climate, access to food, etc – and new this year, walkability.

Sherwood Forest, John’s Creek, Alpharetta, and Buckhead Forest round out the top 5.

Decatur also ranked #1 among the best suburbs in the state and #2 best place to raise a family behind John’s Creek.

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U.S. News: Decatur High School Ranks 13th Best in Metro Atlanta

Another ranking that everyone loves to hate.

This time it’s U.S. News and World Reports, which ranked Decatur High School 13th in the Atlanta Metro area (according to the AJC), 20th in the state and 536th nationally.   Here’s the U.S. News blurb…

Decatur High School is ranked 20th within Georgia. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Decatur High School is 75 percent. The student body makeup is 51 percent male and 49 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 46 percent. Decatur High School is the only high school in the Decatur City.

What were the metro area’s tippity top high schools?

Some familiar faces from years past here – DeKalb School for the Arts, Walton High School in Coob County and Fulton Science Academy High School rounded out the top 3.

Last year, Decatur ranked 406th nationally and 13th in Georgia.

And before you ask: U.S. News uses a four step process to rank high schools.  Here’s a quick summary, stripped from their website

  • Step 1: The first step determined whether each school’s students were performing better than statistically expected for students in that state.
  • Step 2: For schools passing the first step, Step 2 assessed whether their disadvantaged students – black, Hispanic and low-income – performed at or better than the state average for the least-advantaged students.
  • Step 3: For schools passing the first and second step, Step 3 required schools to meet or surpass a benchmark for their graduation rate. This is the second year U.S. News has included this step.
  • Step 4: Schools that made it through the first three steps became eligible to be judged nationally on the final step – college-readiness performance – using Advanced Placement test data as the benchmark for success. AP is a College Board program that offers college-level courses at high schools across the country.

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Decatur Ranked 32nd Best Place to Live in the U.S. and #1 in Georgia

Let’s keep this to ourselves, ok?

Niche has updated its “Best Places to Live” for 2017 and our hamlet of 20k is at the top of the list of Georgia locales.  Not to mention that it ranked #32 in the whole gosh darn US of A.  Here’s Decatur’s Niche “report card” to see where we stand amongst their key indicators…

Now I’m sure the overachievers among us are asking, what are these 31 places that are better than Decatur??  How is that possible?  Well, you’ll have to visit the fair communities of Rollingwood, TX or Carmel, IN, Wyoming, OH or Eden Prairie, MN to find out.

If you go, let us know and report back, ok?

Keep it real, DEC.

Decatur Ranks as “Best Place to Live” in Georgia; Ranks 79th in Nation


You may have seen recently in local media that Decatur ranked as the #1 suburb in Georgia, based on Niche’s annual “Best Place’s to Live” ranker.

Pretty cool, but I don’t think it’s too much as a surprise to many.  Decatur often does well in these sorts of place rankers.  Especially when just looking within the state.

But Niche’s “Best Places To Live” ranks go much broader.  And I haven’t yet seeing anyone else mention that not only is Decatur ranked the #1 Suburb, but it’s hands down ranked as the #1 “Place to Live” in Georgia.  AND overall it ranked as the 79th best place to live in all of America.

So, yes.  Limiting Decatur’s performance to “Best Suburb in Georgia” is a bit of unnecessary over-qualification.

FYI – Decatur scored A’s and A+’s in the following categories: Education, Public Schools, Diversity, Health & Fitness, Nightlife, Shortest Commute and Family Amenities in Niche’s ranker.  It got B’s or B+’s in: Outdoor Activities, Jobs, and Weather.  It got a B- for Crime & Safety and it scored Cs for Cost of Living and Real Estate.

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Vote for Oakhurst Porchfest in the “Great Atlanta Festival Face-Off”!


Ok, here’s the deal.

Curbed launched a “Great Atlanta Festival Face-Off” bracket style event yesterday. Today, our Oakhurst Porchfest is up against the mighty Music Midtown, but it already has a lead a couple of hours in!

So please take 5 seconds and CLICK HERE and let’s make sure we get ourselves into the Final 8!

Unfortunately, it looks like the Decatur Arts Festival came up a bit short vs. Candler Fest Fall Fest yesterday.  If only we had known!

Photo courtesy of Oakhurst Porchfest Facebook page

U.S. News: Decatur High School Ranks #403 in Nation, #13 in Georgia


U.S. News and World Report has released its yearly rankings of public high schools based on data from the 2013-14 school year.

Decatur High School ranked #403 nationally and #13 in the state of Georgia, based on U.S. News’ methodology. DHS received a Gold rating from U.S. News with this summary description…

Decatur High School is ranked 13th within Georgia. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® coursework and exams. The AP® participation rate at Decatur High School is 78 percent. The student body makeup is 50 percent male and 50 percent female, and the total minority enrollment is 45 percent. Decatur High School is the only high school in the Decatur City.

Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science and Technology in Lawrenceville ranked #1 in Georgia, followed by Columbus High School in Columbus, GA and DeKalb School of the Arts rounded out the top 3 GA High Schools.

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Vote for the Decatur Beer Festival For Best Beer Festival in the Country


USA Today’s 10 Best site is currently asking visitors to vote for the best beer festival in the country and Decatur’s long-stranding Craft Beer Festival is in the running!

According to 10 Best, the initial list was created by their “panel of beer experts”, so this wasn’t just a random inclusion.

The Decatur Beer Fest is currently ranked 12th on the list, so we got a bit of work to do.  We need to get it up into the top 10 at least!

Click here to see the current leaderboard and click here to vote for the Decatur Beer Festival.

Voting is scheduled to end at noon on Feb, 29th.

h/t: Decaturish