About Athens

Quick Facts About Athens

Welcome to Athens! We’re glad you’re here, and once you settle in, we know you will be too! We invite you to explore everything our community has to offer, from the historic architecture throughout our downtown district, to the many restaurants, shops and galleries lining the streets, to the cheering crowds at Sanford Stadium. In no time you’ll feel as though you’ve been a local all along. Until then, keep reading for some “quick-and-easy” facts and figures about Athens.


Athens-Clarke County is bordered by Barrow County to the northwest, Walton County to the west, Oconee County to the south and Oglethorpe County to the west, as well as Jackson and Madison counties to the north.

Mileage to Selected Metropolitain Cities/Attractions

Atlanta 65 miles
Augusta 101 miles
North Georgia Mountains 80 miles
Savannah Beaches 230 miles

Highways that Pass Through Athens

U.S. Highways 72, 78, 29, 129, and 441
Georgia Highways 15, 10 and 316


Average Yearly Rainfall 49.08 inches
Average Maximum Temp 72 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Minimum Temp 51 degrees Fahrenheit
Average Elevation 784 feet


Athens-Clarke County 121,265

Business and Industry

Industrial Parks 5
Clarke County Labor Force 69,268
Area Labor Force 175,038

(Sources: Georgia Dept. of Labor, 2013 Area Labor Profile)

Athens Area Largest Employers

Employer Employees
University of Georgia 10,000
Athens Regional Medical Center 3,000
Athens-Clarke County Government 1,520
St. Mary’s Health Care System 1,400
Clarke County School District 1,300
Dial America 500
Power Partners 480
Baldor Dodge Reliance 480
Carrier Transicold 460

(Sources: Athens-Clarke Economic Development Foundation)

Local Media

Newspapers 13+
Radio Stations 11
Television Stations 3
Cable Television Charter Communications
Cable Channels 17 (additional premium channels/digital cable available)


Public Hospitals 2
Private Hospitals 1
Doctors 400+
Dentists 30+
Mental Health Practitioners 40+
Ambulance Services 5+


Banks 14
Branch Offices 33

Getting Involved

Special Interest Groups 250+
Support Groups 80+


Protestant Churches 100+
Catholic Churches 2
Orthodox Churches 1
Synagogues 1
Islamic Centers 1

Recreational Facilities

Public Parks and Facilities 25
Public Parks with Pools 5
Public Parks with Tennis Courts 6
Golf Courses 8+
Country Clubs 2
Movie Theaters 2

Other: Museums, gardens, historic sites, zoo, archery range, skating rink and additional facilities available through the University of Georgia,


Conference Centers 2+
Civic Center 1
Performing Arts Theater 4+

Dining & Shopping

Restaurants 250+
Shopping Centers 20+
Malls 1
Number of Fascinating Boutiques Yours to discover!