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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$135,700
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$610
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    35%
  • Own
    65%

Athens Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    20
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    36
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    306
    1
  • Theft
    2,064
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    32
    0

Residents

Diversity
A-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$47,542
National
$53,889
Children
19%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    8%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    18%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    30%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    17%
    13%
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Athens is a great town for those who wish to live financially comfortable while commuting to Decatur, Madison, and Huntsville for work. Athens has a great high school that offers courses that prepare its students for college and jobs after graduation. This town has a nice sports recreation facility and beautiful sports fields that many children and adults utilize year round. The historic downtown area has sites to see and enjoy, like Founder's Hall at Athens State University and the Houston Library.

Athens is a hotspot for travelers driving up and down I-65. It offers several fast-food and dine-in restaurants, as well as, diverse choices in hotels and gas stations.

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Athens is a very cute little town that is on the outskirts of Huntsville/Madison. It's mostly run by little boutiques and chain retail/grocery stores. It'd be great to see more things to do in Athens. Right now you have to drive to Huntsville or Tennessee to do anything fun since the only thing Athens offers is a Drive Thru Theater and now a Movie Theater. We need bowling alleys, put put golf courses, go cart tracks, and more recreational activities so that you don't have to drive to have fun.
I love this small town full of character! Athens is definitely my favorite town. Our downtown is abundant with charm and sweet shops. And of course, it is ranked as one of the safest cities in Alabama! Our courthouse is so cute and many events take place around!