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Athens, GA

Class: Medium-sized city
Class rank: 7

Athens stands out for its dramatic growth and its young population. The university is an engine for much of the development happening here.

A 1999 study by the Selig Center for Economic Growth determined that more than one job in five in the region owed its existence to spending by the college. The sports program attracts millions of dollars in tourism.



Combined college enrollment: 31,288

Population: 101,489
Population change, 1990-2000: 121.90%

Median age: 25.3
(National: 35.3)

Per capita income: $24,985
(National: $21,587)

Unemployment rate: 2.7%
(National: 4.0%)

Owner-occupied housing: 41.53%

Public library expenditures, per capita: $15.90

Community profiles:
Athens, GA

College profiles:
University of Georgia

Notes:
1. All figures are for the years 1999-2000.
2. Combined enrollment figures are for the four-year colleges included in this survey.
3. Unemployment rates are an annual average.
4. Per-capita income and unemployment rates are county-level statistics.

For more on the sources and statistics used in this study, see methodology.


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