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Athens Livability #14 ranked city in Georgia#1,699 ranked city in the USARanks better than 94% of areas

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      Living in Athens, GA

      Located in the state of Georgia, Athens is a moderately-sized city with a population of 120,813 residents. Athens could be a great place for young adults and students as the average age of 27 years old is below the nation’s average. If you are not a fan of long commutes, you will enjoy living in Athens. With average one way commute time of only 20 minutes, getting to and from work is a breeze compared to the national average of 26 minutes.

      Whether you’re relocating to a new city to be closer to family, friends or for a new job, living in Athens could be a positive experience compared to other cities in Georgia if you know where to search. Don't forget to determine what matters most to you in a neighborhood. Consider factors such as safety, proximity to work or school, access to amenities (like parks, fitness facilities, grocery stores, restaurants), public transportation options, community atmosphere and the overall vibe you're looking for. Using the livability score which includes data from categories like amenities, employment, housing, you can easily compare the best places to live in Athens and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Athens to Georgia and the national average.

      With a livability score of 78 out of 100, Athens is ranked #2,136 in the United States and #14 in Georgia. Compared to the US average, Athens ranks among some of the best places to live in the country! Another exciting tidbit, is that Athens ranks better than 90% of all US cities! There are seven total categories that generate the livability score. Athens scores well for cost of living (A+). There is at least one category that did not score well in Athens. The following was graded with a disappointing score: crime (F), education (F) and employment (F).

      Conveniently located amenities and interesting attractions are a great way to continuously enjoy Athens on a regular basis. Knowing that there are an abundance of amenities and things to do can ensure that you always have access to nearby grocery stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops and exciting entertainment options.

      Certain items on your wish list like shopping, restaurants, nightlife, parks and proximity to public transportation are all important things to look for. Having said that, perhaps the most important metric to consider when contemplating a move to Athens is real estate affordability. The median home price for Athens homes is $152,600, which is 0.1% higher than the Georgia 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 4.6, which is 53.3% higher than the Georgia average.

      Athens transportation information

      Statistic Athens Georgia National
      Average one way commute20min28min26min
      Workers who drive to work72.5%79.6%76.4%
      Workers who carpool8.4%10.1%9.3%
      Workers who take public transit3.4%2.1%5.1%
      Workers who bicycle1.3%0.2%0.6%
      Workers who walk5.3%1.6%2.8%
      Working from home7.9%5.1%4.6%

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