Athens, Georgia Population 2021

129,025
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Athens is a city located in Clarke County Georgia. It is also the county seat of Clarke County. With a 2020 population of 129,025, it is the 6th largest city in Georgia and the 218th largest city in the United States . Athens is currently growing at a rate of 0.83% annually and its population has increased by 11.76% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 115,452 in 2010. Athens reached it's highest population of 129,025 in 2021. Spanning over 118 miles, Athens has a population density of 1,109 people per square mile.

The average household income in Athens is $59,118 with a poverty rate of 29.93%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $856 per month, and the median house value is $171,000. The median age in Athens is 28 years, 27.4 years for males, and 28.5 years for females.

Athens Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Athens was:

  • White: 63.19%
  • Black or African American: 27.96%
  • Asian: 3.92%
  • Two or more races: 2.63%
  • Other race: 2.11%
  • Native American: 0.11%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Athens, Georgia is 129,025 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 125,857.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 115,452.

Athens, Georgia Population 2021

2019 and 2020 population is estimated by projecting the raw 2018 numbers.

Year Population Growth Growth Rate
2021218,3142,2821.05%
2020216,0322,2821.06%
2019213,7502,2821.07%
2018211,4682,3621.12%
2017209,1063,7041.77%
2016205,4022,8371.38%
2015202,5654,2042.08%
2014198,3617710.39%
2013197,5901,6060.81%
2012195,9841,6090.82%
2011194,3759360.48%
2010193,4390.00%

Athens Metro Area Population by Year

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White78,81563.19%
Black or African American34,87227.96%
Asian4,8913.92%
Two or More Races3,2852.63%
Some Other Race2,6312.11%
American Indian and Alaska Native1410.11%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander840.07%
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Athens Population by Race

Athens Population Pyramid $2021

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Athens Median Age

28


Total

27.4


Male

28.5


Female

Athens Adults

There are 103,122 adults, (13,150 of whom are seniors) in Athens.

Athens Age Dependency

38.6

Age Dependency Ratio

14.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24

Child Dependency Ratio

Athens Sex Ratio

Female

65,362

52.41%

Male

59,357

47.59%

Athens Population by Age

Athens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Athens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.2%35.8%
All38.5%61.5%
Male37.8%62.2%
Female27.3%72.7%
Non Family25.1%74.9%

38.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Athens Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All48,3002.3538.5
Non Family24,5601.6225.1
Married15,6443.0164.2
Female6,2963.3127.3
Male1,8003.3237.8

3.01

Average Family Size

2.35

Average Household Size

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Athens Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,1774.55%
9th to 12th Grade5,2907.57%
High School Graduate13,84719.82%
Some College11,96617.13%
Associates Degree4,8396.93%
Bachelors Degree15,40322.05%
Graduate Degree15,32921.95%
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Athens Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Athens Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White38,49336,89822,929
Black20,81616,9623,880
Hispanic6,5843,7511,303
Asian2,4252,2911,775
2+ Races1,5441,404813
Other Race1,091742219
Native American949435
Islander847426

The highest rate of high school graduation is among native american people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 73.20%.

Athens Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,635$32,094$28,159
Less Than 9th Grade$19,439$22,347$12,267
High School Graduate$24,108$25,279$20,681
Some College$28,142$32,019$24,470
Bachelors Degree$32,291$39,654$30,826
Graduate Degree$49,840$51,305$47,767

$30,635

Average Earnings

$32,094

Average Male

$28,159

Average Female

Athens Earnings by Educational Attainment

Athens Language by Age

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Athens Language

84.70% of Athens residents speak only English, while 15.30% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.44% of the population.

Athens Language

Athens Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White61,00116,36126.82%
Black33,45611,90935.60%
Hispanic12,9474,00130.90%
Other2,5771,19446.33%
Asian3,7041,09229.48%
Multiple2,80382829.54%
Native1271511.81%
Islander8489.52%

29.93%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.69%

Male Poverty Rate

32.02%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Athens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Athens is Other, with 46.33% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Athens is Islander, with 9.52% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.94%. Among those working part-time, it was 46.94%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 37.89%.

Athens Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.42%
High School24.37%
Some College15.89%
Bachelors or Greater9.43%

Athens Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed64.41%
Male Unemployed43.60%
Female Employed24.33%
Male Employed18.51%

Athens Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Athens Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$38,311$59,118
Families$54,627$81,085
Married Families$80,434$102,947
Non Families$25,723$35,597
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Income by Household Type

Athens Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

32.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

34.1%

Male Marriage Rate

30.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Athens Married by Age and Sex

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Athens Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Athens Marital Status by Race

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Athens Marital Status

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4,492

Number of Veterans

3,956

Male Veterans

536

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,652
First Gulf War1,020
Second Gulf War934
Korea238
World War II93

Athens Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
65 to 741,164
55 to 641,074
35 to 54997
75+743
18 to 34514

Athens Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9404.30%
Black1,3225.05%
Asian1102.60%
Hispanic820.93%
2+ Races813.45%
Other Race392.34%

Athens Veterans by Race

Athens Veterans by Education

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6.78%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.09%

Veteran Disability Rate

Athens Veterans by Education

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60.9%

Labor Force Participation

57.6%

Employment Rate

5.3%

Unemployment Rate

Athens Employment by Age

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Athens Employment by Race

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Athens Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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57.20%

Born in Athens

89.87%

Native Born

10.13%

Foreign Born

7.03%

Non Citizen

3.10%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

89.87% of Athens residents were born in the United States, with 57.20% having been born in Georgia. 7.03% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Athens Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2021129,0251,0560.83%
2020127,9691,0560.83%
2019126,9131,0560.84%
2018125,8574480.36%
2017125,4091,8861.53%
2016123,5231,3101.07%
2015122,2133,1542.65%
2014119,059-507-0.42%
2013119,5669820.83%
2012118,5841,6561.42%
2011116,9288260.71%
2010116,10215,8361.48%
2000100,26654,5328.17%
199045,7343,1850.72%
198042,549-1,793-0.41%
197044,34212,9873.53%
196031,3553,1751.07%
195028,1807,5303.16%
194020,6502,4581.28%
193018,1921,4440.83%
192016,7481,8351.17%
191014,9134,6683.83%
190010,2451,6061.72%
18908,6392,5403.54%
18806,0991,8483.68%
18704,2514031.00%
18603,8480.00%

Athens Population by Year