Following is an article from March 13, 2019 Decatur Daily Democrat:
Decatur Named Third Best City To Live In United States
By JAYLYNN ANDREWS
Decatur Daily Democrat
Decatur is a great place to live and raise a family, and now one online organization is telling the rest of the world just that.
Realtor.com recently released its third annual list of America’s best small towns, and Decatur, Indiana, came in third place on the Top 10. Decatur’s low real estate prices appeal to young buyers who can’t find homes in big cities, with two-bedroom homes frequently coming in lower than $70,000.
Decatur’s quirky small-town vibe appeals to city goers looking for a slower pace, but unwilling to sacrifice entertainment and fun, according to the site. Realtor.com’s website makes note of Decatur’s many unique bars, such as Vinnie’s, The Wet Spot and Riverview Tap, which feature live music, and Two Brothers, which doubles as a cozy family-style restaurant.
Local restaurants like The Galley will stand out to visitors, as it draws customers from other cities with its superb seafood. Back 40 Junction’s unique train gimmick embodies the off-beat culture of a small railroad town, and newcomers are invariably pleased with the rural landscapes, the old-fashioned town square, the unique statues which dot the streets and adorn citizens’ yards, and the annual Halloween-themed Callithumpian Parade.
As noted in the article, Decatur takes Halloween very seriously.
The annual Decatur Sculpture Tour has become a huge draw not only for area residents, but for art enthusiasts across the county, as well.
The ACE 40_8 Art Gallery and the soon-to-be-completed 2nd Street Artists’ Lofts only deepen the draw.
Neighboring Van Wert, Ohio, also made the list, noted for being the cheapest town to make the Top 10. Van Wert’s appeal lies in its Civic Theatre and Wassenberg Art Center, art initiatives typically only found in bigger cities, which are contrasted by the quaint 1950s-style storefronts lining Main Street.
Van Wert dogs can even participate in their own Easter activities with Van Wert’s annual Dog Bone Hunt at the Van Wert Community Dog Park.
Other cities to make the list are Boone, Iowa; Williston, North Dakota; Austin, Minnesota; Merrill, Wisconsin; Mexico, Missouri; Andrews, Texas; McPherson, Kansas; and Los Alamos, New Mexico