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DeKalb County

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County Description

Located east of Fulton County, DeKalb County is the second largest county in the state with a population near 690,000. If Atlanta is considered an "international city," it is because DeKalb County makes it so with businesses and residences representing over 30 different countries and speaking 120 languages.

DeKalb County prospers in part to its excellent transportation system. Five major road arteries traverse the county: Interstates 20, 85, 285, 675, and US Highway 78. Hartsfield International Airport is only six miles from DeKalb's southern border and the DeKalb Peachtree Airport, a general aviation field, is reported to be the second busiest airport in Georgia. DeKalb County is also a leader in the biomedical community with The Center for Disease Control and the American Cancer Society headquartered here. Homes in DeKalb County range from $90,000 to 12 million near Emory University.

DeKalb County Neighborhoods

Photo courtesy of Decatur Development Authority.
City of Decatur
The historic county seat, activity in Decatur revolves around the old courthouse square and community bandstand, the focal point for festivals and free outdoor concerts. Three MARTA stations within the city limits provide easy access to more than 200 independent boutiques, service businesses, and a variety of dining options, many of them critically acclaimed.

Decatur is home to a diverse population, attracting young professionals, families and retirees. With Agnes Scott College, a prestigious women's college, and just outside the city limits, Emory University, Decatur is a college town within a big city. New downtown condos, older brick homes, smaller bungalows and cottage homes are available within the city's distinctive neighborhoods as well as the surrounding communities of Avondale Estates, Oakhurst, and Candler Park.

In the northern corner of the county is Dunwoody, a popular neighborhood among established professionals and young, upwardly mobile professionals raising families.

It is often referred to as the "tennis set" neighborhood because of its numerous recreational outlets that include Lynwood Park and Recreation Center, Blackburn Park and Tennis Center, and the Tennis Center. Cultural attractions include the Dunwoody Nature Park and Nature Center and the Spruill Gallery.

A variety of housing is available in Dunwoody includ-ing apartments, town homes, ranch-style homes, bunga-lows and mini-mansions with manicured lawns. Nearby Perimeter Mall provides shopping, dining and family entertainment. With its proximity to all major expressways and North Fulton's booming business opportunities, Dunwoody is a hot spot for families.

Oakhurst business district.
Oakhurst is a unique community located within the City of Decatur, near the famous East Lake Country Club. It has a small-town atmosphere with big-city access and some of the finest elementary schools you'll find anywhere.

In Oakhurst you can explore shops-including artisan galleries-restaurants and bars all within walking distance of each other. A central park is nestled within the retail area and serves as the heart of the community. Its location makes it an ideal venue for various quality festivals, concerts and markets.

Oakhurst boasts a diverse population that provides a cultural and inviting atmosphere that is not found in other communities throughout Atlanta. For more information, visit Approximately a 20-minute drive from downtown Atlanta.

County Information

Median household income

Median age of residents


Sales tax

Chamber of Commerce

DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce

Property Taxes

The property tax rate per $1,000 is:
unincorpo-rated DeKalb County, $38.81; Atlanta, $43.75; Decatur, $44.86.

Tax Commissioner: 404-298-4000

Public Education

DeKalb County Schools Board of Education

Elementary Schools 83
Middle Schools 16
High Schools 20
Per-pupil expenditures $6,565
School & bus information 678-676-1300

City of Decatur Schools Board of Education

Elementary Schools 7
Middle Schools 1
High Schools 1
Per-pupil expenditures $6,077
School & bus information 404-370-4400

Avg SAT Scores* (Verbal/Math)
DeKalb Co. (468/461)
City of Decatur (502/493)
Georgia (487/482)
National (506/514)

*Note: most students take the SAT whether they go on to higher education or not.

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Private Education

Cliff Valley School

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Utilities and Contacts

Georgia Power Co. 888-660-5890
Snapping Shoals EMC 770-786-3484
Walton EMC 770-972-2917

Scana Energy

Bell South 888-757-6500
Outside Georgia 800-356-3094

DeKalb County Water System 404-378-4475

Cable TV
Charter Communication 800-955-7766

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 404-250-5437
Emory University Hospital 404-712-2000
Decatur Hospital 404-501-6700
DeKalb Medical Center 404-501-1000

Helpful Links

DeKalb County

DeKalb Chamber of Commerce


DeKalb County Schools

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