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Overview of Decatur

Looking for Decatur apartments for rent will connect you to history, as this city was the original hometown of Abraham Lincoln. Decatur's official motto reads "Decatur, We Like It Here," and there really is a lot to like about this city: It is a large manufacturing and processing hub, and has been home to many inspirational people over the years. With a strategic location in central Illinois, Decatur is nestled in between the capital city of Springfield and Illinois Amish country. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, Decatur is home to about 76,000 residents.

Living in Decatur

Decatur apartments for rent are located in one of many communities named after 19th century U.S. naval commander Stephen Decatur, whose distinguished naval career was characterized by numerous displays of bravery and good character. When you live in apartments in Decatur apartments, you'll join three other towns and five Navy ships that bear the same name. Decatur's downtown area blends the past (the historic business district) with the present (art galleries and eclectic restaurants to suit every palate), and with more than 300 events and festivals taking place here each year, it's safe to say you'll find something that piques your interest near Decatur apartments. Other top attractions here include the Scovill Zoo's Endangered Species Carousel, the Lakeside Music and Arts Festival and the Oglesby Mansion.

Decatur Apartments and Cost of Living

Finding a new home in one of the many Decatur apartments for rent is a great way to take advantage of the city's affordable conditions. According to City-Data, Decatur's cost of living index is 84.1, which is significantly lower than the national average. For the city's local amenities, sunny weather and high graduation rates, AreaVibes awarded it a "Very Livable" livability score of 74. Here, residents can expect to pay very reasonable prices for the things they need, including $3.69 for a gallon of gasoline, $1.73 for a gallon of milk and $1.50 for a dozen eggs.

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Decatur's economy provides opportunities in many different fields. For those seeking jobs, the city's largest employers include Archer Daniels Midland, Caterpillar Inc, Macon County, the Decatur Memorial Hospital, Decatur Public Schools and Millikin University. The aforementioned university, which was founded in 1901, is attended by approximately 2,300 undergraduate students. With programs in arts, sciences, business, fine arts and professional studies, Millikin caters to a wide variety of educational needs for residents looking for apartments for rent in Decatur.

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