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 125,964 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.

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 (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, creating a decent-sized population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. This makes it a good choice for other relocating single professionals. Here, these young singles will find many others like themselves, with opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

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.

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 2010 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.