Athens-Clarke County, GA

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
216,194
1.08% 1-year growth
US Senator
Jon Ossoff
Democratic Party
US Senator
Raphael Warnock
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
32.9
0.305% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
20.1%
0.0663% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,130
11.7% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$252,300
19.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
104,540
1.73% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Athens-Clarke County, GA had a population of 216k people with a median age of 32.9 and a median household income of $59,130. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Athens-Clarke County, GA grew from 213,886 to 216,194, a 1.08% increase and its median household income grew from $52,958 to $59,130, a 11.7% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Athens-Clarke County, GA are White (Non-Hispanic) (65.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (18.8%), White (Hispanic) (3.45%), Asian (Non-Hispanic) (3.43%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.17%).

None of the households in Athens-Clarke County, GA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.6% of the residents in Athens-Clarke County, GA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA are University of Georgia (13,515 degrees awarded in 2022), Athens Technical College (1,821 degrees), and Georgia Institute of Cosmetology (111 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Athens-Clarke County, GA was $252,300, and the homeownership rate was 54.8%.

Most people in Athens-Clarke County, GA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Athens-Clarke County, GA was 2 cars per household.

Athens-Clarke County, GA borders Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA and Jefferson, GA.

Population & Diversity

Athens-Clarke County, GA is home to a population of 216k people, from which 95.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 7.58% of Athens-Clarke County, GA residents were born outside of the country (16.4k people).

In 2022, there were 3.47 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (141k people) in Athens-Clarke County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.45k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.6%
2022 Citizenship
95.6%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.6% of Athens-Clarke County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Athens-Clarke County, GA was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Athens-Clarke County, GA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    141k ± 400
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    40.6k ± 742
  3. White (Hispanic)
    7.45k ± 1.11k
9%
Hispanic Population
19.5k people

In 2022, there were 3.47 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (141k people) in Athens-Clarke County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.6k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 7.45k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

9% of the people in Athens-Clarke County, GA are hispanic (19.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Athens-Clarke County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    222,301 ± 11,455 people
  2. India
    103,637 ± 7,865 people
  3. Jamaica
    49,864 ± 5,470 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Georgia was Mexico, the natal country of 222,301 Georgia residents, followed by India with 103,637 and Jamaica with 49,864.

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Foreign-Born Population

7.58%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
16.4k people
7.41%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
15.8k people

As of 2022, 7.58% of Athens-Clarke County, GA residents (16.4k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Athens-Clarke County, GA was 7.41%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,258 ± 375
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,806 ± 366
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,679 ± 368

Athens-Clarke County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.8 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Athens-Clarke County, GA employs 105k people. The largest industries in Athens-Clarke County, GA are Educational Services (21,078 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (12,639 people), and Retail Trade (10,916 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($75,554), Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($67,877), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,989).

Males in Georgia have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,988. The income inequality in Georgia (measured using the Gini index) is 0.474, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

105k
2022 Value
± 2,785
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 3.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 103k employees to 105k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Athens-Clarke County, GA, are Education Instruction, & Library Occupations (12,416 people), Management Occupations (10,673 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,524 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Athens-Clarke County, GA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

105k
2022 Value
± 2,785
1.73%
1 Year growth
± 3.75%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew at a rate of 1.73%, from 103k employees to 105k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Athens-Clarke County, GA, are Educational Services (21,078 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (12,639 people), and Retail Trade (10,916 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Athens-Clarke County, GA, though some of these residents may live in Athens-Clarke County, GA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$42,473
Median earning men ± $1,627
$30,620
Median earning women ± $1,480

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($88,352), Public Administration ($66,017), and Information ($58,000).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($63,967), Public Administration ($47,135), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($46,815).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.94%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 4.87M people employed in Georgia. This represents a 2.94% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 11.9%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Georgia.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,565
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,224
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 1,102
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Georgia went to Joseph R Biden Jr. with 49.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Donald J. Trump (49.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.24%).

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing the state of Georgia. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Georgia

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Jon Ossoff
Senator from Georgia2
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Inauguration delayed as incumbent senator David Perdue's term expired on January 3, 2021, two days prior to the 2020-21 United States Senate election in Georgia|runoff election.
Raphael Warnock
Senator from Georgia3
Assumed office on January 20, 2021
Elected to the seat to succeed Kelly Loeffler, who had been appointed to the seat following the resignation of Johnny Isakson.

Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock are the senators currently representing Georgia.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Georgia over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Georgia

Georgia is currently represented by 14 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Georgia have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA awarded 15,447 degrees. The student population of Athens-Clarke County, GA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 17,964 male students and 26,806 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA are White (10,439 and 70.1%), followed by Black or African American (1,385 and 9.3%), Asian (1,229 and 8.25%), and Hispanic or Latino (1,073 and 7.21%).

The largest universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA by number of degrees awarded are University of Georgia (13,515 and 87.5%), Athens Technical College (1,821 and 11.8%), and Georgia Institute of Cosmetology (111 and 0.719%).

The most popular majors in Athens-Clarke County, GA are General Biological Sciences (608 and 3.94%), General Psychology (592 and 3.83%), and General Finance (544 and 3.52%).

The median tuition cost in Athens-Clarke County, GA for a public four year colleges is $9,790 for in-state students and $28,830 for out-of-state students.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Athens-Clarke County, GA, the percentage of applicants admitted was 42.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 37.5%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 44,770 (40.1% men and 59.9% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 44,770 students enrolled in Athens-Clarke County, GA, 40.1% men and 59.9% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 28,773 records, of which 59.5% were women and 40.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 581 degrees awarded
  2. 544 degrees awarded
  3. 608 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Athens-Clarke County, GA was General Psychology with 581 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Athens-Clarke County, GA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 13,515 degrees awarded
  2. 1,821 degrees awarded
  3. 111 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Georgia with 13,515 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 6,319 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Athens-Clarke County, GA, which is 0.692 times less than the 9,128 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 10,439 degrees mean that there were 7.54 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,385 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Public, 4-year or above ($9,790) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,390) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,032) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.08% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.03% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (2.33M), Some college (1.78M), and Bachelors Degree (1.56M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Athens-Clarke County, GA was $252,300 in 2022, which is 0.895 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $211,500 to $252,300, a 19.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Athens-Clarke County, GA is 54.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Athens-Clarke County, GA have an average commute time of 23.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Athens-Clarke County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Athens-Clarke County, GA is $59,130. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Athens-Clarke County, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $131,660, followed by Oconee County, GA and Fayette County, GA, with respective values of $116,221 and $105,910.

Property

$252,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$7,233
$45,942
Median Property Taxes
±$1,725

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens-Clarke County, GA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Athens-Clarke County, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

54.8%
Homeownership
2022
68.1%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 54.8% of the housing units in Athens-Clarke County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 54.9%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Athens-Clarke County, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $131,660, followed by Oconee County, GA and Fayette County, GA, with respective values of $116,221 and $105,910.

The following map shows all of the counties in Athens-Clarke County, GA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$59,130
Median Household Income
± $1,485
83.8k
Number of Households
± 2,342

In 2022, the median household income of the 83.8k households in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew to $59,130 from the previous year's value of $52,958.

The following chart displays the households in Athens-Clarke County, GA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the < $10k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Athens-Clarke County, GA is from Georgia.
0.474
2022 Wage GINI in Georgia
0.475
2021 Wage GINI in Georgia

In 2022, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.474 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.224% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (74.7%)
  2. Worked At Home (10.6%)
  3. Carpooled (8.18%)

In 2022, 74.7% of workers in Athens-Clarke County, GA drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (10.6%) and those who carpooled to work (8.18%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

23.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Athens-Clarke County, GA have a shorter commute time (23.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.1% of the workforce in Athens-Clarke County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Athens-Clarke County, GA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Athens-Clarke County, GA have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

20.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Athens-Clarke County, GA (41.2k out of 205k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Athens-Clarke County, GA is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

87.9% of the population of Athens-Clarke County, GA has health coverage, with 50.3% on employee plans, 12.3% on Medicaid, 9.69% on Medicare, 14.5% on non-group plans, and 1.13% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Georgia see 1492 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.06% decrease from the previous year (1508 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1921 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 637 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,492 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Georgia

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1,492 patients per year. This represents a 1.06% decrease from the previous year (1,508 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Georgia in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.7% under 18 years, 29.9% between 18 and 34 years, 34% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.4% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 47.9% were men and 52.1% were women.

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Uninsured People

12.1%
Uninsured
50.3%
Employer Coverage
12.3%
Medicaid
9.69%
Medicare
14.5%
Non-Group
1.13%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew by 1.4% from 11.9% to 12.1%.

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