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  1. Public Schools
    A-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Housing
    B+
  4. Nightlife
    B
  5. Good for Families
    A-
  6. Diversity
    A
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B
  12. Commute
    B-
Athens is a town in Alabama with a population of 24,735. Athens is in Limestone County and is one of the best places to live in Alabama. Living in Athens offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. In Athens there are a lot of parks. Many young professionals live in Athens and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Athens are highly rated.
About Athens...
Population
24,735

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$143,800
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$613
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%
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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
    7.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    11.5
    6.1
  • Rape
    0
    40.7
  • Robbery
    30.6
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    420.2
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,406.7
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    107
    284

Residents

Diversity
A
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    12%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    13%
  • 35-44 years
    13%
  • 45-54 years
    14%
  • 55-64 years
    12%
  • 65+ years
    18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    19%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    29%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%

Working in Athens

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,741
National
$55,322

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Athens Reviews

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Friendly town, would love to see more businesses and housing catering to the 20-30s working professionals demographic. An entertainment district would be fabulous - there is zero nightlife right now. Brand new high school - diverse student population, both ethnically and socioeconomically. Nice sports facilities. Swan Creek Trail is a gorgeous greenway with crushed gravel - perfect for runners, easy on the joints!
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Athens is a small town where everyone knows or have heard about everyone. That being said, citizens have very little privacy which can be either good or bad. The good side is if something happens your family will know this can also be a bad side. No secrets in Athens! For the most part, Athens is a small town with a lot of good people.
Athens is a great little town. It has a very easy commute to Huntsville without the hustle and bustle of a bigger, more congested area. The schools are great and offer lots of unique experiences for the students. The High School is state of the art as well as are the sports and athletic facilities. Athens is rich in tradition and offers the same opportunities to all of their children no matter their status or background. There is easy access to everything you need (doctors, banks, lawyers, retail, food) and is safe and beautiful area. The city of Athens offers lots of free and fun activities all throughout the year with special events, festivals, parades, etc.