Athens, TN
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Athens is a somewhat small city located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 13,688 people and five constituent neighborhoods, Athens is the 43rd largest community in Tennessee.

Unlike some cities, Athens isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Athens are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Athens is a city of professionals, sales and office workers, and production and manufacturing workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Athens who work in sales jobs (10.62%), office and administrative support (10.01%), and teaching (6.33%).

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.

Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Athens spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 18.57 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.

Being a small city, Athens does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

The citizens of Athens are slightly better educated than the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns, with 23.19% of adults in Athens having a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.

The per capita income in Athens in 2010 was $18,416, which is middle income relative to Tennessee, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $73,664 for a family of four. However, Athens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.

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 Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Athens include Irish, German, Dutch, and Polish.

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