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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    C-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C-
  8. Weather
    C+
  9. Cost of Living
    C+
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    A+
Athens is a town in Ohio with a population of 24,771. Athens is in Athens County and is one of the best places to live in Ohio. Living in Athens offers residents an urban suburban mix feel and most residents rent their homes. In Athens there are a lot of bars and parks. Many young professionals live in Athens and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Athens are highly rated.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$190,200
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$805
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    70%
  • Own
    30%
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Athens Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    44.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    20.2
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    121.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,410.4
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    76.8
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    3%
  • 10-17 years
    4%
  • 18-24 years
    63%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    4%
  • 55-64 years
    4%
  • 65+ years
    5%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    44%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    22%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    18%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    13%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    4%
    13%

Working in Athens

Jobs
C-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$27,435
National
$55,322
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Athens is located in the most gorgeous area in South East Ohio and has some of the best hiking trails. Since moving here, however, I noticed that locals are generally cold, distant, or unfriendly. The dining options are great considering how small this town is! My experiences with Ohio University have been nothing but wonderful thus far. I would absolutely recommend having a weekend getaway in the area, go camping, or visit for the day. I would not recommend living here long term, though.
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Athens is a scenic and unique town in southeastern Ohio. A few of the town's main attractions consist of Ohio University's beautiful main campus, The Ridges (the former mental health asylum turned art museum), and Strouds Run State Park and its various trails and paths. The city has a good number of local boutiques, shops and markets, both on and off campus, that are only a walk or a short drive away. For the university alone, there are many people who are drawn to this city. As a resident of Athens, I would love see the town expand and add more stores, restaurants, and attractions (Athens' extremely hilly geography makes this difficult, but I could see this being a possibility regardless, especially on E. State Street and beyond). And while Ohio University is a large source of revenue for the city, Athens (and the county in general) is still an area that is stricken with poverty. I would love to see more affordable housing that caters to non students, as well as food banks/shelters.
Athens is a college town with a beautiful campus. While athens itself is not the most diverse, it welcomes all races, sexualities, and religions. It has a commercial side of town, but also has numerous small and local businesses that nearly if not completely outweigh the commercial businesses. Athens is very inclusive and progressive compared to the rest of southeast Ohio, being mostly surrounded by those who identify as conservatives. Athens has many scenic spots in town and in short drives surrounding the area, and the locals love to keep green, encouraging recycling and reusing, there are many recycling bins located around the campus and the rest of the town. Athens is very safe other than a select few college boys and probably some other locals that as well, but nothing significant unless you’re on campus at night.