Decatur: An Economically Thriving City

Decatur is a city in Morgan and Limestone counties in the state of Alabama. Known as “The River City”, Decatur is located in Northern Alabama along the banks of Wheeler Lake. Like many southern cities in the early 19th century, Decatur’s early success was based upon its location along a river. The city rapidly grew into a large economic center within the Tennessee Valley. In the 20th century, the city experience steady growth as well. Now, its economy is heavily based on manufacturing, cargo transit, and hi-tech industries such as General Electric. Decatur is divided into four different regions of town (Northeast, Southeast, Northwest, and Southwest). Each region contains individual neighborhoods such as East Acres, Bayside, West Decatur, and Autumn Ridge. Believe it or not, tourism is a major part of Decatur’s economy. Thousands of people attend its premier festivals such as Alabama Jubilee, the oldest hot air balloon race in the country, The Spirit of America Festival, one of the largest free 4th of July festivals in the south, and Riverfest, where barbecuers from all over the country try their luck at beating Big Bob Gibson’s barbecue, who is the seven-time world champion. As you can see, in Decatur, Alabama, we mix work with play!