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 123,371 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 (12.70%), sales jobs (10.96%), and food service (10.35%).

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.

Many people in Athens take advantage of public transportation to get around. In fact, for the size of the city, the number of people who use the bus to commute to work is quite high. This helps to fill a need among Athens citizens for affordable transportation.

The citizens of Athens are among the most well-educated in the nation: 40.77% of adults in Athens have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree, whereas the average US city has 21.84% holding at least a bachelor's degree.

The per capita income in Athens in 2010 was $20,094, 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 $80,376 for a family of four. However, Athens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Athens also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 35.49% of its population below the federal poverty line.

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 10.60% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

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