Tucker is a community in Georgia situated 14 miles northeast of Atlanta. It is home to about 27,500 people and occupies 12 square miles in DeKalb County. It is 1120 feet above sea level. Tucker is part of the Atlanta/Sandy Springs/Roswell metro area, comprising 5.7 million people.
Tucker traces its modern history to the 1800s and a Scotsman named Greenville Henderson. He settled in the area on 3,000 acres and built a successful agricultural enterprise and lively trade with Savannah. The community’s early development owes largely to Greenville’s industry. It eventually took the name “Tucker” after Captain Tucker, an officer with a railroad company that surveyed the area.
• History of Tucker
• Tucker Days Remembered
Among U.S. cities, Tucker rates above average for comfort. It offers more days of sunshine and plenty of rain (52 inches annually compared to a U.S. average of 39 inches). Snow is rare and scant. You’ll enjoy relatively warmer summers and winters. Average daily high in July is 88°F and the average daily low in January is 31°F.
• Sperling’s Climate Report for Tucker, GA
• Accu Weather Forecast
Tucker is part of the greater Atlanta metro area and enjoys its well-developed transportation system. Primary roadways are I-285 (western edge) and US Highways 29 (mid-southern portion) and 78 (southern edge). The Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is located 25 miles to the southwest. Other transportation options include Amtrak, Atlanta Metro Rail, MARTA train and bus lines, and a host of private transportation service providers. The average commute takes about 28 minutes.
• Transportation in Tucker
• MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority)
Cost of Living in Tucker
According to Sperling’s Best Places, the cost of living in Tucker is about average compared to all U.S. cities. You’ll pay a little more for health care, housing, and transportation, but you’ll save on utilities. The sales tax rate is 7 percent. Married persons filing joint returns pay 6 percent on taxable income over $10,000. How far will your paycheck go in Tucker, Georgia? Click the links below.
• Cost of Living Wizard from Salary.com
• Cost of Living Calculator from Money.cnn.com
Seven public schools and four private schools provide education in Tucker for students from grades K through 12. Higher education is available through more than 50 colleges within 50 miles. Among the closest options: Georgia Piedmont Technical College (Clarkston), DeVry University (Decatur), and Emory University (Atlanta).
• DeKalb County Schools
• Tucker High School
• Emory University
You’ll find 46 hospitals within 30 miles of Tucker. The nearest is DeKalb Medical Center, seven miles away in Decatur. Emory University Hospital, nine miles away in Atlanta, is the highest rated hospital in the region. It is nationally ranked in six specialties and rated high-performing in nine procedures/conditions.
• Emory Healthcare
• U.S. News & World Report – Best Atlanta Hospitals
Most lodging options in or near Tucker are located along either I-285 (west side of Tucker) or U.S. Highway 78 (south edge of Tucker). The Hilton Doubletree is a five-minute walk from the popular Northlake Mall and only a 12-minute drive from Stone Mountain Park. It provides free Wi-Fi and a free local shuttle. The Econo Lodge Stone Mountain offers lower-cost accommodations and is less than five miles from Stone Mountain.
• Econo Lodge Stone Mountain
• Doubletree by Hilton in Tucker
• Virginia Highland Bed & Breakfast
Tucker’s restaurateurs provide a nice variety of menus for fast, casual, and elegant dining. When only a burger will satisfy, make it to The Local No. 7 on Main Street and build your own. One block down you can enjoy comfort food at Matthews Cafeteria where the daily menu features five to eight entrees and a slew of delicious sides. For classic pub grub and cold PBR on tap, check out Billy Bob’s New Secrets. For organic Thai cuisine and a selection of organic beers and wines from around the world, put L’Thai on your list of dining destinations.
• The Local No. 7
• Billy Bob’s New Secrets
• L’Thai Organic Thai Cuisine and Wine Bar
Things to Do in Tucker
You’ll find plenty of diversions to fill your time in Tucker. Room Escapes is a popular attraction that challenges your team to discover a way out of a closed room before the clock expires. It’s great fun for families, groups of friends and coworkers. Tucker is home to Heritage Golf Links, a course known for beautiful vistas and challenging play with water hazards on several holes. Stone Mountain Park at the southeast corner of Tucker is a great family destination with entertainment options to easily fill an entire day, starting with the cable car Summit Skyride to the top of the mountain and back.
• Discover DeKalb Things to Do
• Stone Mountain Park
• Heritage Golf Links