Athens, GA
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Athens is a larger medium-sized city located in the state of Georgia. With a population of 122,604 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, sales and office workers, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Athens who work in teaching (12.59%), sales jobs (11.29%), and office and administrative support (10.58%).

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.

The population of Athens is very well educated relative to most cities and towns in the nation, where the average community has 21.84% of its adult population holding a 4-year degree or higher: 39.32% of adults in Athens have a bachelor's degree or even advanced degree.

The per capita income in Athens in 2010 was $19,244, 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 $76,976 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 36.00% 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 10.63% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include English, Irish, Scottish, and Italian.

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