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A+ Athens Amenities Lots of amenities close to this location
B- Athens Cost of Living Cost of living is equal to Georgia
Athens
937% less expensive than the US average
Georgia
937% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Athens cost of living
D Athens Crime Total crime is 11% higher than Georgia
Total crime
3,56229% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2929% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
-18%Year over year crime is down
Athens crime
F Athens Employment Household income is 35% lower than Georgia
Median household income
$32,95940% lower than the US average
Income per capita
$20,09433% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
5%11% higher than the US average
Athens employment
D- Athens Housing Home value is equal to Georgia
Median home value
$152,60017% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$79916% lower than the US average
Home ownership
38%40% lower than the US average
Athens real estate or Athens rentals
F Athens Schools HS graduation rate is 2% higher than Georgia
High school grad. rates
83%equal to the US average
School test scores
30%40% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
n/aequal to the US average
Athens K-12 schools or Athens colleges

Living in Athens, GA

Athens is a mid-sized city located in the state of Georgia. The city has 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.

Are you trying to figure out if living in Athens is the right fit for your lifestyle? To ensure a good experience before relocating to any new city in Georgia, you will probably want to make sure that you check all of the most important boxes. To help you find the best places to live in and around Athens, AreaVibes has created a livability score using key metrics like amenities, crime, education, employment and more.

With a livability score of 65/100, Athens is ranked #17,152 in the United States and #280 in Georgia. If we dig down a little deeper into each category within the livability score, we see that Athens has higher than average rankings for the following: amenities (A+), cost of living (B-) and weather (B-). The bad news for Athens, there are some categories for which it does not rank well, this includes: crime (F), education (F), employment (F) and housing (D-).

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.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Athens is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Athens come in at $152,600, which is 0.1% higher than the Georgia average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Athens, the home price to income ratio is 4.6, which is 53.3% higher than the Georgia average. For most people, purchasing a new home is the biggest investment they will make in their lifetime. Taking a look at overall real estate appreciation rates in Athens will offer some insight into determining if your home purchase will be a solid investment for years to come. In Athens, the year-over-year appreciation rates were 10.9%, and the 5 year appreciation rates came in at 6.1%.

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Compare Athens, GA Livability To Other Cities

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good for college students

Attractions8/10
Community7/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
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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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Attractions6/10
Community7/10
Nightlife8/10
Dining8/10
Shopping7/10
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).
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