Athens is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 127,315 people and 35 constituent neighborhoods, Athens is the sixth 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 (13.08%), sales jobs (9.29%), and food service (9.25%).
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.
One interesting thing about the economy is that relatively large numbers of people worked from their home: 7.95% of the workforce. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce this is high compared to the rest of the county. These workers are often telecommuters who work in knowledge-based, white-collar professions. For example, Silicon Valley has large numbers of people who telecommute. Other at-home workers may be self-employed people who operate small businesses out of their homes.
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 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.
The citizens of Athens are among the most well-educated in the nation: 45.41% 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 $25,203, 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 $100,812 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 10.87% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include English, German, Irish, European, and Italian.
The most common language spoken in Athens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Langs. of India.