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Athens is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 25,044 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Athens is the 66th largest community in Ohio.

Athens is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 93.84% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. 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 (19.92%), food service (16.59%), and office and administrative support (11.89%).

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.

In addition, Athens is a major college town that has a very high percentage of its residents over 18 years old who are college students. Naturally, collegiate life has a major influence on local Athens culture, lifestyle and entertainment options. Athens really pulses to the beat of the academic calendar. In Athens every fall, returning students reinvigorate the community, who you will notice are all over town, buying groceries, out with friends, and getting acquainted or re-acquainted with each other and Athens. One of the beneficial effects that colleges provide is that they tend to be lasting institutions that deliver direct economic benefits to the local economy in the form of such things as jobs for faculty and staff, and spending by students. Athens benefits directly from this.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 14.84 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Athens. 61.35% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Athens in 2010 was $12,185, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $48,740 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 56.67% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Athens is a somewhat 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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Athens include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.

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