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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 24,486. 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
$177,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$783
National
$949
Area Feel
Urban Suburban Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    71%
  • Own
    29%
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Athens Rankings

Niche ranks thousands of places to live based on key statistics from the U.S. Census and and expert insights.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    102.5
    282.7
  • Murder
    0
    6.1
  • Rape
    7.9
    40.7
  • Robbery
    11.8
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    193.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,534.2
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    59.2
    284

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    4%
  • 10-17 years
    3%
  • 18-24 years
    64%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    5%
  • 45-54 years
    5%
  • 55-64 years
    4%
  • 65+ years
    5%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    42%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    21%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    12%
    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
$24,326
National
$55,322
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Athens Reviews

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Amazing town with a great atmosphere. A fun college town with great local things to do. Especially if you love to drink. With the town also being the University things get a tad crazy sometimes, but overall a great place to be!
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Athens is all right. It has some great things going for it but also some shortcomings.

Athens bills itself as a foodie mecca, and a green (eco) haven, but doesn't quite live up. The good: afforrrdable houses; close to nature; great movie theater; great farmers market; job opportunities in education, health care, administration; good live music scene; local breweries; lots of artisans; some good events for community and visitors. The not-so-good: the restaurants are underwhelming; students dominate downtown (called Uptown) on Friday and Saturday nights; many neighborhoods have lots of student rentals
and can get noisy (students party a lot); slightly run down look and infrastructure ( in fairness, there are lots of improvement projects, though not without the requisite small-town drama); I feel that it could be safer for its size.

Many love this town fervently, but to me it looks like a place that thinks it's so much more than it is.
It's a college town so there is lots of partying. The university is both the boon and bane of the town, providing multicultural opportunities but also lots of issues pertaining to having that much of an influx of people every season. Jobs can be hard to find and pay is often poor unless you can find a position with the university. But the scenery is gorgeous and there are wonderful people here. Housing is expensive and gauged up for students seeking housing. Family homes can be difficult to find in city limits if you don't know where to look.