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      Athens, GA

      A hip, college town nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Athens, Georgia is an exciting, southern, mid-sized city. With a beautiful Victorian downtown bustling with activity, it is a wonderful place to call home. Located 61 miles northeast of Atlanta, Athens is a cultural center of its own making without the larger city’s higher cost of living.

      Athens is the home of the University of Georgia’s main campus. The University of Georgia is a world class research institution and supports the local culture and economy. Obviously if you are a fan of sports, there is no lack of college athletic events to attend and follow, but it does not end there. A world class university means museums, theater and historic sites galore.

      Athens is also known for its vibrant music scene. Many world famous acts call Athens home, including the B-52s, R.E.M., Widespread Panic and Drive-by Truckers. In addition, Athens is home to summer music festivals for many genres. There are also local folk and classical music institutions. The youth orchestra provides music educational opportunities for local up and coming musicians.

      While some from larger cities might assume that mid-sized Athens couldn’t have a variety of quality cuisines, they would be sorely wrong! With fantastic restaurants representing cuisines from around the world, you will always find the perfect date night location in Athens. There are also several breweries they are rightly proud of. For the families, there are also many family friendly restaurants that don’t compromise on food quality. The vegetarians and vegans are not left out either with a wide array of restaurants specializing in plant based cuisine.

      With so much to do a see in Athens one might assume that it is a costly place to live. The reality is that the cost of living here is lower than both the national and state average. Athens rental and purchase prices sit well below national averages, getting you into the home of your dreams for about 80% of what you might expect in other similarly sized cities. In addition, other necessities are also lower than both national and state averages.

      While most people in Athens get around by car, there are other ways to enjoy the city. Athens encourages other modes of transportation by having a highly walkable downtown as well as bike lanes and paths. For members of the University of Georgia community, there is also a bus that takes students and faculty all over campus.

      Athens is the sort of place people dream of living. Between the music, food and inexpensive cost of living, you can’t go wrong in this southern gem.

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      It might sound wierd, but I moved to Athens, GA after I graduated from college. I moved there from Fairfield, Iowa and so Georgia sounded really cool, plus, my best friend had a great house out there (he was there to attend UGA).

      I had a degree in graphic design and I couldn't find work anywhere. I did a few temp jobs here and there and I ended up getting a job delivering newspapers at night.

      The music scene was fantastic. I really enjoyed the down town area.

      I had to leave and go back somewhere with more opportunities.
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      Athens, Georgia is a good place to live if you enjoy the small city life. It doesn't have the noise, traffic or increased cost of living of a large city, so that's definitely a plus.

      Athens is a college city littered with college students. If you're young, then you'll find plenty of people to hang out with. The downtown Athens area has many restaurants, bars and clubs. Most of them are frequented by college kids. If you want to party and drink with older people, then drive to Atlanta, which is only an hour away.

      I know several people who've found administrative work at the University of Georgia. It's a good place to work that offers decent pay and benefits. Other large employers in Athens are St. Mary's Hospital, the Athens-Clarke County school system, and Athens Regional Medical Center. Some friends of mine commute to Atlanta because it's a larger city with more employment opportunities.
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      Source: The Athens, GA data and statistics displayed above are derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).