Income/capita NAT. AVG.
Household income NAT. AVG.
Unemployment NAT. AVG.
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Income per capita$25,203$26,678$29,829
Median household income$39,713$51,037$55,322
Median income owner occupied$71,701$65,914$70,586
Median income renter occupied$27,026$32,100$35,192
Median earnings male$24,632$34,871$36,919
Median earnings female$18,279$25,493$26,250
Unemployment rate3.6%5.3%4.7%
Poverty level26.9%17.8%15.1%
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Key findings

  • The income per capita in Athens is 16% lower than the national average
  • The median household income in Athens is 28% lower than the national average
  • Male median earnings are 41% higher than female median earnings
  • The unemployment rate in Athens is 24% lower than the national average
  • The poverty level in Athens is 78% higher than the national average

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      $26,472 $39,713 $79,426
      $34,021 $51,037 $102,074
      $36,877 $55,322 $110,644
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      Athens median earnings by income bracket

      Athens employment by industry

      Labour TypeMaleFemale
      Construction industry6.4%6.4%
      Manufacturing sector10.5%10.5%
      Financial & insurance services2.0%2.0%
      Wholesale & retail services13.1%13.1%
      Public administration4.1%4.1%
      Transportation, warehousing & utilities4.9%4.9%
      Education, health & social services24.3%24.3%

      Nearby cities with high median household income

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Bishop, GA394$112,833104.0%
      Winterville, GA1,731$86,56356.5%
      Bostwick, GA306$73,75033.3%
      Watkinsville, GA2,932$73,50032.9%
      North High Shoals, GA670$72,91731.8%
      Athens, GA124,962$39,71328.2%

      Cities with similar population

      City Population Household Income National Avg.
      Abilene, TX124,691$52,5185.1%
      Lehigh Acres, FL124,523$49,9379.7%
      Simi Valley, CA125,768$99,24579.4%
      Saanich, BC125,800n/a 
      Pearland, TX125,817$102,76485.8%
      Athens, GA124,962$39,71328.2%
      Source: The Athens, GA employment data displayed above is derived from the United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS).