Decatur, Tennessee

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Decatur is a town in Meigs County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,395 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Meigs County[3].

The local pronunciation of the name is duh▪KAY▪ter (IPA: /dəˈkeɪtər/).



Decatur is located at 35°31′8″N 84°47′36″W / 35.51889°N 84.79333°W / 35.51889; -84.79333 (35.518871, -84.793201)[4]. The town is situated at the western base of No Pone Ridge, an elongate ridge characteristic of the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley Province. Just west of Decatur, the Tennessee River flows around a blunt peninsula known as Armstrong Bend. This section of the river is technically part of the river's Chickamauga Lake impoundment.

Decatur is centered around the junction of Tennessee State Route 30, which connects the town to Athens to the east and Dayton to the west, and Tennessee State Route 58, which connects Decatur to Kingston to the north and Chattanooga to the south. Interstate 75 passes approximately 15 miles (24 km) east of Decatur.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.6 square miles (6.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,395 people, 560 households, and 366 families residing in the town. The population density was 545.1 people per square mile (210.4/km²). There were 598 housing units at an average density of 233.7/sq mi (90.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.14% White, 0.93% African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.07% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.29% of the population.

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