Where the City Meets the Mountain
Atlanta’s DeKalb County is located six miles east of downtown and home of Georgia’s #1 tourism attraction, Stone Mountain Park. The population of the county is approximately 700,000.
DeKalb County’s county seat is the City of Decatur and it is the third-most-populated county in Metro Atlanta. It is located six miles east of downtown and contains roughly 10 percent of the city of Atlanta.
DeKalb County includes the cities of Avondale Estates, Brookhaven, Chamblee, Clarkston, Decatur, Doraville, Dunwoody, Lithonia, Pine Lake, Stone Mountain, and areas of Atlanta. It includes many unique, identifiable communities including Beacon Heights, Candler Park, East Atlanta Village, Druid Hills, Ellenwood, Lynwood Park, Oakhurst, Scottdale, Shermantown, Toco Hills and Tucker.
DeKalb County is international, eclectic and diverse, boasting a selection of exciting attractions, world-class museums, art centers, music venues, universities, original neighborhoods, restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops. DeKalb is only ten miles from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and is easily accessible by I-85, I-75, I-675, I-285, and MARTA, Atlanta’s rapid transit system.
It is home to DeKalb Peachtree Airport (PDK), Georgia’s second largest airport and Emory University. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and AT&T are also located here.
DeKalb County was created in 1822 from Henry, Gwinnett and Fayette counties. It was named for Baron Johann de Kalb, a German soldier who fought for the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War. The oldest existing house in the county is the 1831 Goodwin House, located along Peachtree Road in Brookhaven.
During the Civil War, much of the Battle of Atlanta was fought in DeKalb.
Until the 1960s, DeKalb was a mainly agricultural county, but as the sprawl of the metropolitan Atlanta region expanded, the County became increasingly urbanized.
It is primarily a suburban county, and is the second-most-affluent county with an African-American majority in the United States, behind Prince George’s County, Maryland, in suburban Washington D.C.
DeKalb is the most ethnically diverse county in the Southeast with over 64 spoken languages representing Asian, Hispanic, European, and African cultures, to name a few.
In 2009, DeKalb earned the Atlanta Regional Commission’s “Green Communities” designation for its efforts in conserving energy, water and fuel; investing in renewable energy; reducing waste; and protecting and restoring natural resources.
Universities and Colleges:
- Agnes Scott College
- The Art Institute of Atlanta – Decatur
- Columbia Theological Seminary
- Emory University
- Georgia Perimeter College
- Luther Rice University & Seminary
- Mercer University
- Oglethorpe University
- Le Cordon Blu
- DeVry University
- Georgia Piedmont University
For relocation information, visit the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.