Athens 66 Average
Athens Livability #196 ranked city in Alabama#16,366 ranked city in the USARanks better than 44% of areas

Livability Awards

B+ Athens Amenities Some amenities close to this location
A- Athens Cost of Living Cost of living is 3% lower than Alabama
8614% less expensive than the US average
8812% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Athens cost of living
C+ Athens Crime Total crime is 15% higher than Alabama
Total crime
2,98427% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 3427% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
0%Year over year crime is similar
Athens crime
D+ Athens Employment Household income is 3% higher than Alabama
Median household income
$45,92017% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$28,8653% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%5% higher than the US average
Athens employment
F Athens Housing Home value is 8% higher than Alabama
Median home value
$139,40025% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$61435% lower than the US average
Home ownership
64%1% higher than the US average
Athens real estate or Athens rentals
F Athens Schools HS graduation rate is 1% lower than Alabama
High school grad. rates
78%6% lower than the US average
School test scores
n/a100% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
13:117% lower than the US average
Athens K-12 schools
D Athens User Ratings There are a total of 8 ratings in Athens
Overall user rating
54% 8 total ratings
User reviews rating
25% 2 total reviews
User surveys rating
77% 6 total surveys
all Athens poll results

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      Living in Athens, AL

      Located in the state of Alabama, Athens is a medium-sized city with a population of 24,461 people. The majority of Athens residents report their race to be White; this is followed by Black and Asian. Athens has a high percentage of people who are married with children when compared to the rest of the country. In total, more than 74% of the population is classified as married and 64% have kids.

      Are you trying to ascertain if living in Athens is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before moving to any new city in Alabama, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. With useful information like amenities, cost of living, weather, education, employment and other key data points, finding the best places to live in Athens and in the areas around Athens is a much easier task.

      The livability score in Athens is 72/100 and the city is ranked in the 69th percentile of all cities across America. There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Athens ranks well for amenities (B+), crime (A-), cost of living (B+) and weather (B-). There are some categories that Athens does not rank well for, including: education (D) and housing (F). It might be worth taking a closer look to figure out why.

      Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Athens, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do.

      Crime rates can be the deciding factor for anyone looking to relocate to a new area. Athens gets top scores for their low violent crime rates of 50 crimes per 100,000 residents, which are significantly lower than the national average.

      Assuming that Athens meets all of your requirements, the next most important item to examine is the affordability of real estate in Athens. Everything else becomes a lot less important if it turns out that home prices in Athens are simply unattainable. The median home price for Athens homes is $139,400, which is 8.5% higher than the Alabama average. If we take a closer look at the affordability of homes in Athens, we’ll see that the home price to income ratio is 3, which is 3.4% higher than the Alabama average. Year over year appreciation rates for homes in the Athens area were 8.5% and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 1.7%. Why is this important? Knowing the appreciation rates for any area is a quick and easy way to determine if you will see a solid return on your investment.

      Athens transportation information

      Average one way commute22min25min26min
      Workers who drive to work86.6%85.7%76.4%
      Workers who carpool10.1%8.8%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit0.0%0.4%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle0.0%0.1%0.6%
      Workers who walk0.5%1.1%2.8%
      Working from home2.5%2.9%4.6%

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      Monthly costs include: fuel, maintenance, tires, insurance, license fees, taxes, depreciation, and financing.
      Source: The Athens, AL data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).