Decatur makes the cool list

Apartment Therapy, along with Behr Paint Company, recently published a “Coolest Suburbs in America 2019” list and Decatur was included.

Apartment Therapy’s Real Estate Editor Liz Steelman explained a suburb to be a high homeownership, high car travel, single-family housing community in any town that surrounds a large city. According to Steelman, Apartment realizes that different people have different ideas of what a suburb is.

According to Apartment Therapy’s website, Decatur has a median rent price of $1,032, a median house price of $424,900, a 56 walkability score and a $92,263 median household income. The website also highlights Decatur activities and such places as Decatur CoWorks, Butter & Cream, Concerts on the Square and Raging Burrito & Taco.

“Overall the feedback for this list has been very positive,” said Steelman. “I think people were really excited to see that we highlighted places that don’t get a lot of media attention.”

The media group on May 22 announced the list that consists of 24 towns. The suburbs are Maplewood, N.J.; Denton, Texas; Round Rock, Texas; Arlington, Texas; Alexandria, Va.; Decatur; Somerville, Mass.; Arvada, Colo.; Kirkwood, Mo.; Belmont, N.C.; Pasadena, Calif.; Alameda, Calif.; Beaverton, Ore.; Winter Park, Fla.; Ellicott City, Md.; Royal Oak, Mich.; Bellevue, Wash.; Media, Penn.; Evanston, Ill.; Oak Park, Ill.; Naperville, Ill.; Hoboken, N.J.; Carmel, Ind. and Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

“Decatur had come up in our reader survey and it seemed to be a very cool place and once we looked at it we saw that it had a cool restaurant scene. It had a really engaged community of people who seem to really love the town,” said Steelman.

According to Steelman, choosing the top suburbs was a two-week process in which the Apartment Therapy team looked at all the suburbs in America using its freelancer network. Apartment Therapy also surveyed homeowners and renters in each area, along with a reader survey about which suburban area they thought was the best.

With the data initially collected, Apartment Therapy made its final list with demographic diversity, restaurants, entertainment, walkability and community in mind.

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