Founded in 1823, Decatur is the second oldest municipality in the Atlanta metropolitan area and the seat of DeKalb County. Decatur adjoins Atlanta's city limits six miles east of Atlanta's central business district.
A vibrant city of nearly 3 million people, the metro Atlanta area hosts more than 137,000 businesses. Ranking third in the nation amoung cities with the most Fortune 500 company headquarters, metro Atlanta is home to the headquarters of Home Depot, United Parcel Service, Delta Air Lines, Southern Company, Newell Rubbermaid and Mirant to name a few.
Private sector business (98%) and Service producing industries (82%) account for the bulk of operations in metro Atlanta, as well as employ the most people.
More than 2000 companies relocated and/or expanded into metro Atlanta in the past decade, including more than 400 international companies.