Station Summary

Decatur is on the Blue line. The station is located in a mostly industrial area. Residents living near Decatur spend less than the regional average on housing and transportation. In this area, the average resident drives 5,353 fewer miles annually than the regional average. Additionally, the average resident living near Decatur spends $3,265.29 more per year on housing than the regional average.

Median Household Income

income spent on housing :: 35%

income spent on transportation :: 18%

income remaining :: 47%

All figures from a 0.5 mile radius


Census for 2012 :: 4,603
Projected for 2017 :: 4,787


Average travel time to work based on 60 minutes.


Employees earning more than $3,333 / mo.


Average apartment rental for this neighborhood station.

Per month


What amenities and services are in the area?
Art     Banks     Bike     Medical     Schools    

Why Equitable Development?

Equitable TOD combines people and place-based approaches to ensure that the value created when land near transit is built out is accessible to, and provides opportunities for, all community residents living near transit.

The market near Decatur station is growing and has a moderate probability of changing demographics. Renters are the first to be affected by an increase in property values in a growing market. As the market grows housing values will increase, limiting income diversity.

Achieving Equitable Development

In order to retain current residents and provide access to new amenities and services, Transformation Alliance’s equitable development strategy for this station area is:

  • create and preserve affordable housing
  • invest in community assets




Station data

Site Accessibility
  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
MARTA Station Typology Designation Town Center  
MARTA Parking Utilization 0% 51%  
WalkScore 89 69  
Bike Score 34  
Journey to MARTA Walk + Bike N/A  
Journey to MARTA Drive + Carpool N/A  
Journey to MARTA Transfer N/A  
Sidewalk conditions (miles) Above Average N/A 4  
Sidewalk conditions (miles) Average N/A 5  
Sidewalk conditions (miles) Poor N/A 4  
MARTA Daily Enteries 4,466 4,882  
Development Opportunities and Context
  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
MARTA TOD Acreage 0.0  
Adjacent Large Properites None  
Zoning Station or Parking Lot(s) C-2, I  
Zoning Adjacent Area(s) R-60, R-HDSF  
Reccomended Intensity at the Site 3-10 FAR  
Current Intensity at the Site Yes  
TAD No  
TAD Eligible  
LCI Decatur  

  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
Office - Inventory (SF) 1,725,923 3,964,869  
Office - Vacancy 9.7% 11.90%  
Office - Average Rent $24.71 $14.86  
Office - 10 Year Growth -1% 3%  
  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
Retail - Inventory (SF) 111,7857 1,474,105  
Retail - Average Rent $16.81 $15.47  
Retail - 10 Year Growth 27% 16%  
  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
Housing - Inventory (Units) 2,437 2,218  
Housing Density / Acre 4.8 4.4  
Housing - % Renter 49% 56%  
Housing - % Multifamily 5+ Units 48% 53%  
Housing - % Built Since 2000 19% 19%  
Housing - Average Apartment Rents (1 Mile) $817 $956  
Housing - Average Apartment Vacancy Rate (1 Mile) 1.2% 7.30%  
Housing - 2012 New Avg. Sales Price (1 Mile) $336,050 $252,596  

  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
Population 2012 4,603 3,930  
% Change 2000-2012 14% 10%  
% Change 2012-2017 4% 4%  
From the 2012 Population
  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
% Generation Y (18-34) 24% 35%  
% Singles 67% 75%  
Median Household Income $36,391 $44,720  
% Employed 57% 62%  
% Use Public Transit 8% 17%  
Employment Base
  Station Area Average from all Station Areas  
Travel Time to Work (minutes) 26.4 27.9  
Number of Employees 13,153 17,075  
Employment Density / Acre 26.2 34.0  
% Employees Earning More than $3,333 per month 39% 54%  
Jobs to Housing Ratio 5.4 7.1  
Past Plans

10 Year LCI Update, Decatur


This current study serves as the ten-year update for the Downtown Decatur LCI study and the five-year update for the Avondale LCI study, but also for...

Affordable Housing Market Study


The City of Decatur is recognizing very early the trend that is likely to occur in its commercial centers in particular as revitalization happens...