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Athens-Clarke County is a remarkably well-rounded community with something for everyone.

an economic & academic hub

Just 72 miles outside of Atlanta, and encompassing the University of Georgia, Athens has the advantage of being both an economic and academic hub away from the rush of a large metro area.

SR 10 Loop, the Athens Perimeter Highway, encircles Athens along a 19-mile course, making commuting around the County a breeze.

When people hear Athens, Georgia, they think of a college town. But what many don’t know is that Athens is one of America’s most affordable towns in which to live. [1] The current average home price in Athens is 8.9% below the national average.[2]

Because of its eclectic mix of culture, businesses, and things to do, Athens has cultivated a dynamic and diverse quality of life that condenses the amenities of big-city living into the smallest county by landmass in the State of Georgia. Graduates and young professionals can find in Athens a community that is highly engaged in the local government and economy.

[1]Top 17 Most Affordable U.S. Cities of 2016

[2]Best Places to Live

explore athens, ga

Athens Creatives Directory

The Athens Creatives Directory (ACD) is a sleek and efficient hub of Athens creatives that has been developed to promote the local creative economy. ACD works by encouraging creatives to submit listings of their work that will then be published for public viewing. Then, visitors and patrons can explore this community resource and interact with as many artists as possible.

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Athens Quality of Life Guide 2022

Official publication of the Athens Area Chamber of Commerce. Online Digital Guide featuring information on Schools & Colleges, Realtors’ Offices, Visitor Centers, Healthcare Providers, Industry & HR, Hotels and Government Offices.

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Athens, GA Neighborhoods

Athens, Georgia: More than just the University of Georgia. More than downtown Athens’ vibrant shopping, dining, and entertainment district. Venture less than a mile from downtown Athens and the UGA campus and you’ll find yourself in charming historic neighborhoods with their own distinct character full of local finds. Set out and discover the vibe and flair of retro-hipster Normaltown, sophisticated Five Points, foodie Cobbham, and rustic yet contemporary Boulevard.

Source: visitathensga.com

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Athens, GA Real Estate & Homes For Sale

Explore real estate and homes for sale in Athens, GA on Zillow.

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Education in Athens, GA

Our education system is an important stepping stone to a bright future for our students and is strengthened by continued support from community leaders, businesses, and nonprofits. There are many ways to get involved with educational institutions in the Athens area through K-12 and higher education.

Source: athensga.com

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Live Music in Athens, GA

The Athens, Georgia live music scene is one of a kind. Athens-based acts like R.E.M., The B-52s, Drive-By Truckers and Widespread Panic have gone on to achieve international acclaim. In addition to creating the Athens sound, this legacy has helped establish Athens as a well-known destination for musicians seeking a little inspiration and music lovers looking to check out rising stars and local favorites.

Source: visitathensga.com

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Local UGA Alumni Chapter

Did you know that by graduating from the University of Georgia, you are automatically considered a “member” of the UGA Alumni Association and our local alumni chapter? There are more than 40,000 alumni and friends living in the area. Help us keep the Bulldog Spirit alive here by attending an event or getting involved in the community.

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Networking Events in Athens, GA

Learn more about networking opportunities within the business community in Athens, GA.

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Parks in Athens, GA

Athens, Georgia, is well-known for its local parks, with a wide variety of award-winning green spaces, trails, fields, and other fun attractions.

Source: visitathensga.com

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Relocation and Retirement

Athens consistently ranks as among the nation’s best places to live, making it a top spot for relocation and retirement. New residents are drawn to Athens by its moderate climate; convenience to Atlanta; median housing cost; top hospitals and medical care; plus the culture, opportunity, and excitement a college town provides.

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local Guides

Athens Quality of Life Guide 2022

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

Athens Quality of Life Guide 2021

Athens Area Chamber of Commerce

Athens, GA Visitors Guide

Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

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