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Athens, MI

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Overview


Athens is a tiny village located in the state of Michigan. With a population of 956 people and just one neighborhood, Athens is the 489th largest community in Michigan. Athens has a large stock of pre-World War II architecture, making it one of the older and more historic villages in the country.

Occupations and Workforce

Athens is a blue-collar town, with 55.30% of people working in blue-collar occupations, while the average in America is just 27.7%. Overall, Athens is a village of production and manufacturing workers, construction workers and builders, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Athens who work in maintenance occupations (7.65%), sales jobs (6.78%), and office and administrative support (6.61%).

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.

Telecommuters are a relatively large percentage of the workforce: 13.36% of people work from home. While this number may seem small overall, as a fraction of the total workforce it is high relative to the nation. 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.

Setting & Lifestyle

It is a fairly quiet village because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Athens has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Athens has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Athens than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Athens may be for you.

One downside of living in Athens, however, is that residents on average have to contend with a long commute, spending on average 30.86 minutes every day commuting to work.

Athens is a small village, and as such doesn't have a public transit system that people use to get to and from their jobs every day.

Demographics

In Athens, just 6.42% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Athens in 2018 was $27,250, which is middle income relative to Michigan and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $109,000 for a family of four. However, Athens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Native American. 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 Polish and Italian.

Notable & Unique Neighborhood Characteristics

Many things matter about a neighborhood, but the first thing most people notice is the way a neighborhood looks and its particular character. For example, one might notice whether the buildings all date from a certain time period or whether shop signs are in multiple languages. This particular neighborhood in Athens, the neighborhood, has some outstanding things about the way it looks and its way of life that are worth highlighting.

Occupations

More people work in manufacturing and as laborers here in the neighborhood than in 96.2% of the neighborhoods in America. Despite the loss of manufacturing jobs across the nation, this neighborhood remains a place where, compared to other parts of the country, you will find many laborers and manufacturers.

Diversity

Significantly, 1.9% of its residents five years old and above primarily speak German/Yiddish at home. While this may seem like a small percentage, it is higher than 96.1% of the neighborhoods in America.

The Neighbors

How wealthy a neighborhood is, from very wealthy, to middle income, to low income is very formative with regard to the personality and character of a neighborhood. Equally important is the rate of people, particularly children, who live below the federal poverty line. In some wealthy gated communities, the areas immediately surrounding can have high rates of childhood poverty, which indicates other social issues. NeighborhoodScout's analysis reveals both aspects of income and poverty for this neighborhood.

The neighbors in the neighborhood in Athens are lower-middle income, making it a below average income neighborhood. NeighborhoodScout's research shows that this neighborhood has an income lower than 66.7% of U.S. neighborhoods. With 13.9% of the children here below the federal poverty line, this neighborhood has a higher rate of childhood poverty than 57.1% of U.S. neighborhoods.

The old saying "you are what you eat" is true. But it is also true that you are what you do for a living. The types of occupations your neighbors have shape their character, and together as a group, their collective occupations shape the culture of a place.

In the neighborhood, 43.2% of the working population is employed in manufacturing and laborer occupations. The second most important occupational group in this neighborhood is executive, management, and professional occupations, with 26.1% of the residents employed. Other residents here are employed in sales and service jobs, from major sales accounts, to working in fast food restaurants (17.4%), and 12.2% in clerical, assistant, and tech support occupations.

Languages

The most common language spoken in the neighborhood is English, spoken by 97.6% of households. Some people also speak Polish (2.2%).

Ethnicity / Ancestry

Boston's Beacon Hill blue-blood streets, Brooklyn's Orthodox Jewish enclaves, Los Angeles' Persian neighborhoods. Each has its own culture derived primarily from the ancestries and culture of the residents who call these neighborhoods home. Likewise, each neighborhood in America has its own culture – some more unique than others – based on lifestyle, occupations, the types of households – and importantly – on the ethnicities and ancestries of the people who live in the neighborhood. Understanding where people came from, who their grandparents or great-grandparents were, can help you understand how a neighborhood is today.

In the neighborhood in Athens, MI, residents most commonly identify their ethnicity or ancestry as German (20.2%). There are also a number of people of Irish ancestry (13.1%), and residents who report English roots (10.8%), and some of the residents are also of Mexican ancestry (1.9%), along with some Scottish ancestry residents (1.9%), among others.

Getting to Work

How you get to work – car, bus, train or other means – and how much of your day it takes to do so is a large quality of life and financial issue. Especially with gasoline prices rising and expected to continue doing so, the length and means of one's commute can be a financial burden. Some neighborhoods are physically located so that many residents have to drive in their own car, others are set up so many walk to work, or can take a train, bus, or bike. The greatest number of commuters in neighborhood spend between 15 and 30 minutes commuting one-way to work (41.1% of working residents), which is shorter than the time spent commuting to work for most Americans.

Here most residents (82.8%) drive alone in a private automobile to get to work. In addition, quite a number also carpool with coworkers, friends, or neighbors to get to work (7.7%) . In a neighborhood like this, as in most of the nation, many residents find owning a car useful for getting to work.


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