Athens, GA
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Living in Athens


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.

A relatively large number of people in Athens telecommute to their jobs. Overall, about 7.95% of the workforce works from home. While this may seem like a small number, as a fraction of the total workforce it ranks among the highest in the country. 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.

Combining city textures and college town sensibilities, Athens really has a nice blend of characteristics. While not a huge city, Athens is big enough to offer a healthy dose of diversion, opportunity, and amenity to its residents and to the thousands of college students who descend on it every fall. Its size and diversity makes Athens more than just a college town, but removing the students from the equation would undeniably change Athens’s character and quality of life.

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 very large population of people who are young, single, educated, and upwardly-mobile. That’s because Athens is full of single people in their 20s and 30s and who have undergraduate or graduate degrees and are starting careers in professional occupations. This makes Athens a pretty good place for young, educated career starters looking to find many people like themselves, with good opportunities for friendships, socializing, romance, and fun.

Athens is one of the most well-educated cities in the nation. 45.41% of adults in Athens have at least a bachelor's degree. Compare that to the average community in America, which has just 21.84% with a bachelor's degree or higher.

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.