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Overview

Introduction to Athens, Georgia

Athens, located in northeastern Georgia about an hour east of Atlanta, is the home of the University of Georgia and is the fourth-largest city in the state. Started as a trading settlement called Cedar Shoals in the 1700s, it was chosen in 1801 as the site of Georgia's first state college and renamed Athens after the city in Greece. Much of the city's economy and culture is based on the university. Today, Athens is home to more than 100,000 residents. It is one of the hippest small cities in America and one of the most progressive cities in the South.

Athens Culture

Athens has arts and cultural options rivaling those in cities many times its size. Its thriving music scene produced legendary bands like the B-52's and REM; today's rising stars can be seen the 40 Watt Club and the Georgia Theatre. AthFest presents more than a hundred bands on various stages over a weekend each June. Athens is also home to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, a a 313-acre preserve associated with the University of Georgia, that has several flower and herb gardens and five miles of nature trails. The Georgia Art Museum, with 9,000 feet of gallery space, provides one of the greatest collections in the South, including an impressive collection of Italian Renaissance paintings.

Athens Sports and Leisure

Athens is a hotbed of college sports passion, with the Georgia Bulldogs a perennial powerhouse in a variety of sports. During football season, 80,000-seat Sanford Stadium is packed for every game. For pro sports action, Atlanta offers a team in every major league. Baseball's Atlanta Braves play at 50,000-seat Turner Field, which has a built-in Braves Hall of Fame. The 71,000-seat Georgia Dome, southwest of downtown Atlanta, is home to the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, as well as the annual SEC Championship and Peach Bowl. Philips Arena, situated just west of downtown Atlanta, hosts home games of the NBA's Hawks and the NHL's Thrashers. Atlanta Motor Speedway, located 30 miles south of downtown Atlanta, is one of the largest and oldest in the country. It hosts two NASCAR Busch and Nextel Cup races each year.

Athens Outdoors

For recreation, Athens provides unlimited outdoor pursuits in Georgia's rolling Piedmont region, near the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Sandy Creek Park provides 782 acres of recreational areas and a 260-acre lake. It's a perfect spot for swimming, boating, fishing, camping and hiking. Sandy Creek Nature Center offers five miles of trails and several varieties of wildlife. Oconee Forest Park offers 60 acres of natural beauty, with hiking trails, a 1.2-mile mountain bike trail and a 15-acre lake.

Athens at Night

With a lively arts scene and one of the youngest populations (median age is 25 years) in the country, Athens offers an interesting nightlife. Plenty of coffee houses, bars and clubs are scattered across the city.

People

Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population

Families

% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher
Median Earnings25+
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification
Median Earnings With High School Degree

Wealth

Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation

Housing

People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)
US/American
English
Irish

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Athens Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 59 miles E of Atlanta, Georgia
County Clarke
Metro Area Athens
Standard Zip Codes 30601, 30602, 30605, 30606, 30607, 30609
P.O. Box Zip Codes 30603, 30604, 30608, 30612
Phone Area Codes 706
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 33.96
Longitude -83.378

Athens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ATHENS BEN EPPS AP
Distance 2.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 51 F
Apr Temp 49 to 73 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 51 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches
Station U OF GA PLANT SCI FARM
Distance 11 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 50 inches
Station WINDER 1 SSE
Distance 19.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 49 to 71 F
Annual Precip 49.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Arnoldsville 451 $46,786
Bishop 296 $68,750
Bogart 1,117 $42,171
Hull 239 $36,094
Watkinsville 2,871 $65,333

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Athens Public Libraries

Library
Athens Regional Library System
2025 BAXTER STREET
Athens, Georgia
(706) 613-3650
Library Web Site

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Athens Hospitals

ST MARY'S HOSPITAL OF ATHENS
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1230 BAXTER ST
(706) 354-3033
Emergency Service: Yes

ATHENS REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
1199 PRINCE AVENUE
(706) 475-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Athens High Schools

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CEDAR SHOALS HIGH SCHOOL
1300 CEDAR SHOALS DRIVE
706-546-5375
A Title I School.
Serves 1,591 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.5

CLARKE CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL
350 SOUTH MILLEDGE AVENUE
706-357-5200
A Title I School.
Serves 1,455 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

CLASSIC CITY PERFORMANCE LEARNING CENTER
280 MITCHELL BRIDGE ROAD
706-353-2323
Serves 62 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.4

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