Decatur 1Decatur is a city in as well as the county seat of Macon County, in the U.S. state of Illinois. Home to a population of over 76,000 total residents, Decatur is a mid-sized city located in east-central Illinois, surrounded by mid-size cities such as Springfield, Bloomington, Peoria and Champaign. The city was first founded in 1823 and quickly grew into an agricultural powerhouse and then an industrial powerhouse, at least in the region if not within the entire U.S. Decatur produces vast quantities of corn, though agricultural processing and distribution is more prevalent than actual farms. It is also the home of Archer Daniels Midland, an American agricultural conglomerate, as well as a Caterpillar, Inc, factory that produces wheel-tractor scrapers, off-highway trucks and mining trucks, to name a few. It is also the home of Tate & Lyle’s largest corn-processing plant in the U.S.

Basic Facts About Decatur

  • Current population: 76,100
  • Current mayor: Mike McElroy
  • Total area: 42.22 sq mi
  • Official website:
  • Located in: Macon County
  • Founded in: 1823
  • Zip codes: 62521, 62526
  • Area codes: 219

Auto Transport Tips to Decatur

Decatur anchors its own metropolitan area, home to over 109,000. It is interesting in that Decatur, Bloomington, Champaign, Springfield and other small towns in the area are not grouped into one large MSA, but they’re not. Nonetheless, their designations are less important than their size, and Decatur is actually fairly decently-sized, at least in terms of shipping a vehicle to or from there and its popularity in the industry. Decatur itself may not see a lot of demand for auto transport services in or out of the city, but when you add demand for Decatur in with demand for shipping in and out of the surrounding bedroom cities and communities, it tends to result in competitive pricing and faster pickup and delivery times in and out of Decatur and its neighbors.

Of course, this depends on the route that will be taken to get into Decatur, and the only major route available to carriers is I-72, which in terms of popularity among shippers isn’t the highest. As a regional interstate and not a cross-country one, I-72 services only smaller areas of Illinois, though it does connect to I-57 outside Champaign, which in turn allows carriers to access other major interstates such as I-70, which runs just south of Decatur through St. Louis, Missouri. This is great for car shipping companies who are trying to quickly get through the Midwest and on to other places. Shipping a vehicle to or from Decatur will likely be less expensive because of this, if not by much; at the very least, you should be able to find a carrier within a reasonable amount of time thanks to I-72 and its proximity to other major interstate highways.

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