Greeting from the Mayor


Hello! My name is Martin Woodruff and I would like to welcome you to Decatur, Texas! Decatur is far enough from the DFW Metroplex to enjoy the small town and country life, yet close enough to commute. Located at the crossroads of two U.S. highways, 81/287 and 380, the city takes pride in its pioneer, Western history, its vibrant present and its bright future! Founded in 1858 as the county seat of Wise County, Decatur has always been a well-rounded, thriving town with a strong sense of community, where families desire to locate, live, work, pursue their dreams, raise children and retire. Our annual calendar of community events is loaded with many opportunities for each individual and family to participate in our vibrant community life. 

We have an outstanding public education system with a large 4A high school, excellent private schools and a local campus of Weatherford College, as well as many active churches and charitable organizations, the Wise County Heritage Museum and many city and county park facilities. Decatur also hosts the annual Wise County Youth Fair, the oldest continuously operating event of its kind in the state, which recognizes and celebrates the accomplishments of hundreds of local children each year.
Our outstanding medical facilities include Wise Health System, which operates a new 99-bed, all private room hospital with full emergency and surgical capabilities, a behavioral health unit, a large dialysis center, a cancer treatment center and a large new state of the art physical fitness and rehabilitation facility (Fit-N-Wise).  
The economic climate in Decatur is excellent. Because our retail marketing area population is estimated at over 66,000, our city has become a retail, restaurant, and shopping center for several counties in the North Texas area.  Our recent development success has resulted in the fact that our downtown district – centered around our most distinctive structure, the magnificent Wise County Courthouse – has become one of North Texas’ most popular visitor destinations.

Welcome to Decatur!
Mayor Martin Woodruff