Athens, Georgia Population 2020

129,770

Athens is a city located in Georgia. With a 2020 population of 129,770, it is the 6th largest city in Georgia and the 216th largest city in the United States. Athens is currently growing at a rate of 1.49% annually and its population has increased by 12.40% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 115,452 in 2010. Spanning over 118 miles, Athens has a population density of 1,116 people per square mile.

The average household income in Athens is $56,917 with a poverty rate of 31.61%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $844 per month, and the median house value is $164,100. The median age in Athens is 27.6 years, 27.1 years for males, and 28.1 years for females. For every 100 females there are 90.7 males.

Athens Demographics

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

  • White: 62.74%
  • Black or African American: 27.65%
  • Asian: 4.09%
  • Other race: 2.68%
  • Two or more races: 2.63%
  • Native American: 0.14%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.07%
The current population of Athens, Georgia is 129,770, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 125,964.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 115,452.

Athens, Georgia Population 2020

Year Total Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020215,9242,3091.07%
2019213,6152,3091.08%
2018211,3062,3091.09%
2017208,9973,7011.77%
2016205,2962,7631.35%
2015202,5334,1552.05%
2014198,3787860.40%
2013197,5921,6110.82%
2012195,9811,6320.83%
2011194,3499140.47%
2010193,4350.00%

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White77,37062.74%
Black or African American34,09827.65%
Asian5,0484.09%
Some Other Race3,3022.68%
Two or More Races3,2412.63%
American Indian and Alaska Native1680.14%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander830.07%

Athens Population Pyramid 2020

Athens Median Age

27.6


Total

27.1


Male

28.1


Female

Athens Adults

There are 101,883 adults, (12,637 of whom are seniors) in Athens.

Athens Age Dependency

38.2

Age Dependency Ratio

14.2

Old Age Dependency Ratio

24

Child Dependency Ratio

Athens Sex Ratio

Female

64,669

52.44%

Male

58,641

47.56%

Athens Households and Families

Athens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Athens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married64.4%35.6%
All38.5%61.5%
Male36.2%63.8%
Female26.3%73.7%
Non Family25.1%74.9%

38.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All46,7082.4138.5
Non Family23,7391.6325.1
Married15,2713.0764.4
Female5,9713.4926.3
Male1,7273.4336.2

3.1

Average Family Size

2.41

Average Household Size

7.4%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.3%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Athens Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3,4625.05%
9th to 12th Grade5,4367.94%
High School Graduate14,40421.03%
Some College11,50116.79%
Associates Degree4,4796.54%
Bachelors Degree14,35520.95%
Graduate Degree14,86821.70%

Athens Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White37,91636,24822,255
Black20,20816,0793,358
Hispanic6,4593,494982
Asian2,4572,3371,887
Multiple Races1,4741,349671
Other Race1,432959208
Native American1101109
Islander837215

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 76.80%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$29,193$30,911$27,239
Less Than High School$17,281$20,570$12,876
High School Grad$23,955$25,280$21,021
Some College$26,682$31,617$22,832
Bachelors Degree$32,017$38,101$29,340
Graduate Degree$49,659$49,844$49,550

$29,193

Average Earnings

$30,911

Average Male

$27,239

Average Female

Athens Language

Athens Language by Age

Athens Language

84.71% of Athens residents speak only English, while 15.29% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 9.26% of the population.

Athens Poverty

Athens Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White60,40017,06928.26%
Black32,67612,18237.28%
Hispanic12,7854,41334.52%
Other3,2271,53547.57%
Asian3,9361,27032.27%
Multiple2,83782128.94%
Native1542717.53%
Islander8389.64%

31.61%

Overall Poverty Rate

30.57%

Male Poverty Rate

32.58%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Athens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Athens is Other, with 47.57% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Athens is Islander, with 9.64% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 6.89%. Among those working part-time, it was 47.29%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 41.51%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School38.50%
High School25.99%
Some College16.84%
Bachelors or Greater10.72%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed60.52%
Male Unemployed44.52%
Female Employed24.48%
Male Employed19.97%

Athens Income

Athens Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$36,637$56,917
Families$53,457$78,946
Married Families$76,105$99,674
Non Families$24,004$33,829

Athens Marital Status

Athens Marital Status

Marriage Rates

31.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

33.8%

Male Marriage Rate

30.0%

Female Marriage Rate

Athens Married by Age and Sex

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

Athens Veterans

4,480

Number of Veterans

3,949

Male Veterans

531

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam1,601
First Gulf War976
Second Gulf War789
Korea318
World War II132
Age Group Veterans
55 to 641,186
65 to 741,078
35 to 541,063
75+817
18 to 34336
Name Veterans % of Total
White2,9654.40%
Black1,3175.16%
2 or More1305.44%
Hispanic720.85%
Asian681.58%

$Athens Veterans by Education

8.02%

Veteran Poverty Rate

28.38%

Veteran Disability Rate

Athens Employment Status

59.8%

Labor Force Participation

55.8%

Employment Rate

6.5%

Unemployment Rate

Athens Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

57.05%

Born in Georgia

90.11%

Native Born

9.89%

Foreign Born

7.02%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

90.11% of Athens residents were born in the United States, with 57.05% having been born in Georgia. 7.02% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
2020129,7701,9031.49%
2019127,8671,9031.51%
2018125,9645020.40%
2017125,4621,9031.54%
2016123,5591,3071.07%
2015122,2523,1212.62%
2014119,131-498-0.42%
2013119,6299860.83%
2012118,6431,6721.43%
2011116,9718170.70%
2010116,15415,8881.48%
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%