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 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 (13.13%), sales jobs (10.46%), and food service (10.24%).

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, 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.

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 citizens of Athens are among the most well-educated in the nation: 41.29% 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 $21,111, 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 $84,444 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 34.40% 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 10.73% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include English, German, Irish, Italian, and Scottish.

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