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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A+
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A
Athens is a city in Georgia with a population of 122,292. Athens is in Clarke County and is one of the best places to live in Georgia. Living in Athens offers residents a suburban feel and most residents rent their homes. In Athens there are a lot of bars, restaurants, and parks. Many young professionals live in Athens and residents tend to lean liberal. The public schools in Athens are above average.
About Athens...
Population
122,292

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$154,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$815
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%
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Athens Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    266.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    4.8
    6.1
  • Rape
    45.6
    40.7
  • Robbery
    98.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    546.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,415.5
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    184.1
    284
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Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    10%
  • 10-17 years
    7%
  • 18-24 years
    28%
  • 25-34 years
    17%
  • 35-44 years
    11%
  • 45-54 years
    9%
  • 55-64 years
    9%
  • 65+ years
    10%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    21%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    21%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

Working in Athens

Jobs
B-
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$34,258
National
$55,322
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Athens Reviews

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The library is phenomenal; Lyndon House Arts Center, GA Museum of Art, Botanical Gardens are all fantastic. There are activities to keep kids busy provide enrichment opportunities and learning experiences with world class instructors. The parks are beautiful. Athens does not feel like a small town if you live IN Athens and not surrounding counties. The university brings people from all over the world and there are always new, interesting people to meet. The schools have been great so far. The teachers and administrators are highly qualified; amazing parental involvement, and a diverse student body. Past trends have been to live in surrounding counties for the "better schools" but there seems to be more investment in our schools with the county and parents choosing to stay in Athens. Yes, the county has to serve all of Athens' children and your child will be all the better up in as diverse an environment as our world. We only see it getting better in the future!
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My experience with Athens has been great. There is always something going on here. Some of my favorite parts of Athens are the coffee shops, restaurants, music, and campus life. My favorite coffee shop is Buvez. It's new and just opened this past year, and it is already my favorite study spot! My other favorite coffee shops are Iron Works and Jittery Joes. They have great coffee and a great atmosphere. Another great thing about Athens is all the incredible food! My very favorite restaurant is Taqueria Del Sol. It's mexican food and it is so yummy. I get the same thing every time and it's my favorite meal. There are also great restaurants downtown like The Place, Ted's Most Best, and Taqueria Tsunami. There is a great variety and something for everyone. Another great part of Athens is the music! There are many local bands, as well as the Georgia Theater. Big names come to the Georgia Theater and there is always a show to see. Overall, I love Athens and there's always something to do!
My experience in Athens, Georgia has opened my eyes to a wonderful world diverse cultures. The local scene is so vibrant and exciting. From coffee shops to local musicians playing around town, there is always something to see or do. There is also family friendly activities, plenty of parks and recreation. We have the best SEC Football team in the nation, The Georgia Bulldogs! I really wouldn't change anything about our town. We are always growing and expanding in so many great ways.