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Overview
Population:117,762
Pop. Change:18%
State: Georgia
Metro Area: Athens-Clarke County Metro Area
County: Clarke County
City:Athens-Clarke County
Zip Code:30606, 30605, ... 8 total
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Athens-Clarke County's Real Estate Market
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 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
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Athens-Clarke County Metro Area

Profile: College town

Location: Northeast Georgia, about 70 miles east of Atlanta

Elevation: 802

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

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Athens is a clean, attractive and progressive town with a distinct southern flair. The local University of Georgia is the centerpiece of the area’s economy. Athens is noted as a center for pop music—REM and the B-52’s are from here—and the entertainment scene includes plenty of live music. Other arts and cultural amenities emanate from the university. The area has some interesting architecture and building projects, including a 10-year old Victorian-look “Classic Center” used as a convention center and concert hall, funded by tax initiatives. Like many college towns, especially in the South, Athens is attractive to young people and active retirees alike. Home prices are high for a small Georgia town, and air service requires a trip to Atlanta, but overall living costs are reasonable (COL Index 89) Jobs center on university related activities, health care, and a modest high tech industry. While not excelling in any category, Athens is consistently good across the board, and an attractive place to live overall.

Athens is located on the Piedmont Plateau. Terrain is rolling to hilly with elevations ranging from 600 feet to 850 feet. The rich red soil is covered with grasses and southern pine forests. The Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and southern Appalachians to the north moderate the area’s weather. Summers are warm and somewhat humid, but not as hot as other areas in the state. Highs reach 90[dg]F only 19 days a year on average compared to a state average of 60 days. Winters are not severe but have short cold spells. Thunderstorms occur year-round, and spring storms may be severe. Snowfall is infrequent but freezing rain and ice storms occur.

Interesting Facts about Athens-Clarke_County, Georgia

As of 2014, Athens-Clarke County's population is 117,762 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 17.51 percent.

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The median home cost in Athens-Clarke County is $161,600. Home appreciation the last year has been 5.70 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Athens-Clarke County's cost of living is 1.00% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Athens-Clarke County public schools spend $14,217 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 13.2 students per teacher in Athens-Clarke County.

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The unemployment rate in Athens-Clarke County is 5.20 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Athens-Clarke County jobs have Increased by 0.45 percent.


Ranked #34 2005 Best Places to Live
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Ranked #94 America's Best and Worst Cities for Crime (Smallest Metro Areas)
Ranked #112 Best Green Cities
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Map Of Athens-Clarke_County

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Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Athens-Clarke County's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes