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 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 (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.
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.
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: 44.00% 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 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.