Athens, OH

Athens profile

Living in Athens

Athens is a medium-sized city located in the state of Ohio. With a population of 23,849 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%).

Because Athens has a very large number of students who are 18 years or older and in college, it is thought of as a college town. This has a major influence on local Athens lifestyle, entertainment, and culture in general. Life in Athens is very much tied to the academic calendar: when students return from the summer break in the fall, one will notice them out and about, buying groceries, out with friends, and generally getting re-acquainted with each other. In Athens people study hard and play hard, and there is ample opportunity to do both.

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

One of the benefits of Athens is that there is very little traffic. The average commute to work is 15.31 minutes, which is substantially less than the national average. Not only does this mean that the drive to work is less aggravating, but noise and pollution levels are lower as a result.

If knowledge is power, Athens is a pretty powerful place. 66.67% of the adults in Athens have earned a 4-year college degree, masters degree, MD, law degree, or even PhD. Compare that to the national average of 21.84% for all cities and towns.

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.