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.
Athens real estate is some of the most expensive in Georgia, although Athens house values don't compare to the most expensive real estate in the U.S.
Athens is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-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 (13.01%), sales jobs (10.61%), and food service (9.59%).
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.
Athens is a nice balance between life in a moderately big city and the interesting diversions and culture that come from having a big college student population. The thousands of students who arrive on campus every fall will find that Athens has plenty of amenities and opportunities for them, while residents of Athens enjoy the lectures, music, art, and economic trickle-down that colleges typically provide. "Town and Gown" complement each other in Athens.
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. 42.66% 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 $22,498, 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 $89,992 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 31.61% 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 10.72% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include German, English, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Athens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Chinese.