Athens, OH

Athens profile

Living in Athens

Athens is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 24,536 people and eight constituent neighborhoods, Athens is the 66th largest community in Ohio.

Athens is a decidedly white-collar city, with fully 86.68% of the workforce employed in white-collar jobs, well above the national average. Overall, Athens is a city of professionals, service providers, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Athens who work in teaching (18.90%), food service (17.71%), and office and administrative support (9.20%).

Athens is also a major college town with a large number of people who are 18 years or older and attending college. As is often the case in college towns, the many students that live in Athens have a strong influence on the local culture and entertainment scene, which may seem dormant by comparison in the summer months when much of the student population is away. In the fall, the return of students has a reinvigorating effect on the community. Because colleges are lasting institutions, they have a stabilizing effect on the economy by providing direct local benefits such as jobs for faculty and staff and spending by students. Athens’s economy is one such example of this.

Athens, while not large, also appears to be attractive to some younger, educated professionals, who help shape the character of the city.

Residents of the city have the good fortune of having one of the shortest daily commutes compared to the rest of the country. On average, they spend only 15.31 minutes getting to work every day.

Do you have a 4-year college degree or graduate degree? If so, you may feel right at home in Athens. 66.67% of adults here have a 4-year degree or graduate degree, whereas the national average for all cities and towns is just 21.84%.

The per capita income in Athens in 2018 was $16,321, which is low income relative to Ohio and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $65,284 for a family of four. However, Athens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well. Athens also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 47.35% of its population below the federal poverty line.

Athens is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Athens home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Athens residents report their race to be White, followed by Asian. Important ancestries of people in Athens include German, Irish, Italian, English, and Polish.

The most common language spoken in Athens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Chinese and Arabic.