Athens is located just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains 70 miles northeast of Atlanta.
Athens is the home of the University of Georgia, the first chartered state university in the nation. The university provides numerous educational, cultural and sporting events throughout the year.
The city's restored downtown, art and music scene and Victorian and antebellum historic districts define Southern culture.
Among GreatPlacesToRetire.com surveyed cities, Athens ranks as one of the best retirement cities in the country ranking high in age of population, recreation and demographic diversity. Athens ranks low in man-made hazards risk and family income.
For more detailed city facts -- including data on home prices, medical care, population demographics, air quality, water quality and more -- click on the City Report graphic below:
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