Athens, GA
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Living in Athens


Athens is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 126,913 people and 30 constituent neighborhoods, Athens is the fifth largest community in Georgia.

Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Athens is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Athens is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Athens who work in teaching (12.85%), sales jobs (10.45%), and food service (9.90%).

Also of interest is that Athens has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Athens really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Athens is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Athens more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Athens’s character and quality of life.

Not only is Athens a city with many college students, but it also retains many recent graduates who are looking to start new careers, shaping the character of the city into a place that is geared toward, and considered attractive to, many single, educated people. Many singles consider Athens a good place to live without being in a really big city, with opportunities for friendships and fun with others like themselves.

Athens has a lot of people who ride the bus to and from work. In fact, for its size, Athens has quite a high level of public transit users. Athens’s need for inexpensive transportation options for its citizens is quite high.

Athens is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 44.00% of adults in Athens have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

The per capita income in Athens in 2018 was $23,726, which is upper middle income relative to Georgia, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $94,904 for a family of four. However, Athens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

Athens is an extremely ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Athens home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Athens residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Athens also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 10.86% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include German, Irish, English, Italian, and European.

The most common language spoken in Athens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.