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Athens, GA

Athens leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress
123,310
Athens Population6
$
36,179
Median Income5
6.7
%
Unemployment Rate15
 

City Score

 

Population

Athens' 10 to 14 year old population grew by 27% since 2010, making it one of the fastest growing cities for that segment in the United States where the average growth rate is 1%

Age

27.6
Median Age6
8.5
%
Population Growth Since 20106

Proportion of Population by Age Group vs. United States average6

 

Race and Ethnicity

Athens residents are mostly white; however, the city is slowly becoming more diverse as the white community has shrunk by 7.8% since 2010, while the Black community, 2nd largest in the city, has grown by 10.8%

Race

53.2
%
Georgia Population, White6
61.1
%
United States population, White6

Population Distribution by Race/Ethnicity6

 

Climate

Athens has warm summers and mild winters. The temperature drops to 32°F or below 51 days per year with an average temperature in July of 81°F

Weather

30
%
Chance of Rain10
60
%
Chance of Sunshine3

Average Temperature37

 

Housing

The average home value in Athens increased by 41% since 2010 which is 1% lower than the national average and 5% lower than the state average

Rent

$
1,450
Monthly Average11
61
%
Renters38

Average Home Value4

 

Taxes

Athens is an average tax location with property tax 18% lower than the national average, but income tax 31% higher than the national average and sales tax 17% higher than the national average.

Other

0.91
%
Property Tax19
8.0
%
Sales Tax17
0.0
%
Vehicle Tax19

Effective Income Tax Rate at Various Income Levels (Married, Filing Jointly)39

 

Employment

Athens has an average employment rate of 93% which is 0% lower than the national average. The largest employers are University of Georgia and Zaxbys

Income

27.6
%
<$25,0005
8.5
%
$100,000+5

Distribution by Industry15

 

Politics

Athens leans liberal and has a Democratic representative in Congress

2016 Presidential Election Results40

Representatives

Mayor26 Kelly Girtz
Democratic
House of Representative26 Jody Hice
Republican
 

Healthcare

The nearest 5-star hospital, Northside Hospital Forsyth, is 46.8 miles from the center of Athens, the nearest Veterans Affairs medical center, Atlanta VA Medical Center, is 56.7 miles away, and the nearest top-rated hospital for cancer care, Emory University Hospital, is 52.5 miles away

Medicare-Rated Hospitals (<50 Miles)2

Is Marijuana Legal?

Medical27 CBD oil only
Decriminalized27 No
 

Safety

In Georgia, 37.7% of adults live in a household with at least one gun, which is a decrease since 2000 when 46.7% of adults lived in households with guns

Gun Laws

No
Universal Background Checks28
No
Permit to Purchase Law28

Property Crimes and Violent Crimes per 100,000 Residents

 

Fun Facts

  • The original Constitution of the Confederate States of America goes on display once annually on Confederate Memorial Day
  • A white oak tree that, according to legend, has legal ownership of itself and of all land within eight feet of its base
  • The ninth largest collegiate football stadium in the United States with a seating capacity of 92,746
 

Top Destinations

  • Athens is home of The University of Georgia (UGA). The UGA football team has won two consensus national championships (1942 and 1980) and two Heisman trophies (Frank Sinkwich in 1942 and Herschel Walker in 1982)31
  • Downtown Athens has more bars per capita than any other city in the country with 80 bars in a single square mile32
  • R.E.M., Widespread Panic, Drive-By Truckers, and the B-52s also all got their starts in Athens32
 

Recognition

#76 2020 Best Cities to Live by Niche29
#2 Best Small Cities to Retire by AARP30
 

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