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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$152,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$799
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    62%
  • Own
    38%

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
    253
    283
  • Murder
    3
    6
  • Rape
    47
    41
  • Robbery
    132
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    663
    500
  • Theft
    2,464
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    181
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$32,959
National
$55,322
Children
15%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    20%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    20%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    24%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    14%
    13%

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Athens Reviews

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Welcome to Athens! Here, the first thing you will notice is the intense passion for the Georgia Bulldogs. If you enjoy college football, you will fit right in! We are also well-known for our thriving music scene where legendary bands including REM and the B-52's were born. Feel free to take a stroll through the scenic 313 acre State Botanical Gardens. Athens also offers a lively night-life with an endless supply of clubs, bars, coffee shops, and art festivals scattered about the city.

The only down-side to Athens is the cost of living which is a little more on the pricey side. Luckily, there are job opportunities around every corner due to the city's growing population.

Come and see for yourself what Athens has to offer! I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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Athens is THE best college town to live in! The love and support for the University of Georgia Bulldogs is Athens is unbelievable. The historic areas of Athens are so beautiful and the night life here is so fun. Although, there are certain areas of Athens that could be cleaned up, there is a lot of homeless and rough areas that are almost unsafe feeling, but that is NOT the majority of Athens. Overall, I would highly recommend Athens, Georgia as a place to live, especially for a college student. After all, you can't beat a Saturday in Athens!
I absolutely love Athens! I have been here for four years now, and I am finishing up my BSN (Bachelor's of Science in Nursing) graduating in 2020. I love the community and night life that this city has to offer. I always have something to do, and I meet new people all the time. I have met some of my best friends here and my boyfriend. I will always love and cherish my time here in Athens.