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Candler-McAfee, Atlanta
neighborhood of Atlanta
Georgia State Route 155 in Candler-McAfee
Georgia State Route 155 in Candler-McAfee
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
Location in DeKalb County and the state of Georgia
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Coordinates: 33°43′38″N 84°16′29″W / 33.72722°N 84.27472°W / 33.72722; -84.27472Coordinates: 33°43′38″N 84°16′29″W / 33.72722°N 84.27472°W / 33.72722; -84.27472
Country United States
State Georgia
County DeKalb
 • Total 7 sq mi (18.1 km2)
 • Land 7 sq mi (18.1 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
 • Total 23,025
 • Density 3,290/sq mi (1,272/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
FIPS code 13-12834
CDPs bordering eastern Atlanta and Decatur
CDPs bordering eastern Atlanta

Candler-McAfee is a census-designated place in unincorporated DeKalb County, Georgia, United States. It is located east of Atlanta approximately 10 miles (16 km) east of Downtown Atlanta and to the south of Decatur, Georgia The population was 23,025 at the 2010 census.


Candler-McAfee is located on East side of Atlanta outside of East Lake . The Belvedere Park CDP is to the north and Panthersville CDP is to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.0 square miles (18 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.29%, is water.


The area is home to DeKalb Fire Station 26 and its iconic water tower.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 27,306
1990 29,491 8.0%
2000 28,294 −4.1%
2010 23,025 −18.6%

As of the census of 2000, there were 28,294 people, 9,030 households, and 6,926 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 4,054.2 people per square mile (1,565.1/km2). There were 9,415 housing units at an average density of 1,349.0/sq mi (520.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 3.31% White, 95.17% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.

There were 9,030 households, out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.9% were married couples living together, 33.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. 18.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.08 and the average family size was 3.46.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 28.0% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 28.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 7.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.7 males.

At the height of the mortgage crisis, in 2007, the CDP poverty rate exploded to 27.5%, one of the highest rates in the country [1]. The years since have seen improvement; the median income for a household in the CDP was $38,152 in recent data as of 2020, and the median income for a family was $40,368. Males had a median income of $30,218 versus $25,887 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $15,092. About 10.9% of families and 13.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 14.9% of those age 65 or over.


Neighborhoods in the CDP with websites for their neighborhood association are:


It is in the DeKalb County Public Schools. Zoned schools:

  • Elementary schools: Columbia, Kelley Lake, Ronald E. McNair, Snapfinger, and Toney (all in the CDP)
  • Middle schools: Ronald E. McNair (in the CDP) and Columbia (outside the CDP)
  • High schools: Columbia High School (in the CDP) and Ronald E. McNair High School (outside the CDP).

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta operates area Catholic schools. The K-8 school St. Peter Claver Regional School is in Candler-McAfee.

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