B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  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
    B-
  12. Commute
    B

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$98,300
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$691
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    45%
  • Own
    55%

Athens Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    187
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    86
    41
  • Robbery
    55
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    958
    1
  • Theft
    2,826
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    179
    0

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$37,358
National
$53,889
Children
26%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    37%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    21%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    23%
    13%
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Athens Reviews

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We moved to Athens last year. The small town atmosphere is perfect for raising a family. We love the community and the friendliness and openness of the town. It is more like a family than a city!
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Athens is a small quiet town. There isn't very much to do. There is a small 2 year college and that's a plus. There are about 15 places to eat , but if you eat out everyday you get tired of it. There are certain parts of town to stay away from, but the new sheriff is cracking down on the drug dealers. The crime rate isn't all that bad. There has been a couple murders that I know of and a couple that have gone unsolved. The town is growing so it's getting crowded. There is a Walmart but if you need something to do Athens isn't the place. The locals usually go to Tyler or Dallas for amusement.
Athens is a pretty place to live or to retire since it's like the hub cap that sits 45 minutes to Tyler or 1.5 hours to Dallas. There is a Walmart, Pizza Hut, McDonalds, other places to eat, and Brookshires. The only thing I wish that would change is maybe offer a gym that offers daycare in it, so that parents with little ones can have the option of of taking and leaving them in daycare so they are able to work out. I know so many people that would love that idea, but no one has had it work.