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.
Athens is made interesting by being both a reasonably big city and having a major college student population: students here will find that the city provides a lot of amenities, culture, and opportunities for them. Athens is more than just a college town, however, though the thousands of students certainly are a major part of the character of the city, as well as a contributor to the local economy.
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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Athens is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Athens a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.
A lot of people in Athens take the bus for their daily commute. For the size of the city, the number of people who use public transportation is quite high. For many people in Athens, this fills their need for low-cost transportation.
The education level of Athens ranks among the highest in the nation. Of the 25-and-older adult population in Athens, 44.00% have at least a bachelor's degree. The typical US community has just 21.84% of its adults holding a bachelor's degree or graduate 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.