Area Profile

Get accurate, up-to-date research on doing business in Athens, Georgia. We’re here to help you get the facts — whether you’re relocating, expanding, or starting with a new business idea.


Athens, Georgia: 128, 419

Athens MSA (within a 45-min drive time): 484,569

Athens-Clarke County Median Age: 26.6

Athens-Clarke County Diversity Index: 63.0

Education & Income

Athens Citizens with a Bachelor’s Degree or Higher: 21.6%

Athens-Clarke County Average Household Income: $56,379

Athens-Clarke County Median Individual Income: $35,528

Health Care

Healthcare provider for Northeast Georgia

Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital: Level II Trauma Care & 350 Beds

St. Mary’s Hospital: Nationally Ranked Orthopedic and Cardiac Programs & 250 Beds

Manufacturing Labor Force

14% of Athens’ labor force is employed in Manufacturing

Transportation & Connectivity


  • U.S. Hwy 29
  • U.S. Hwy 78
  • U.S. Hwy 129
  • U.S. Hwy 441
  • G.A. Hwy 316

23 miles from Interstate 85
30 miles from Interstate 20
68 miles from Interstate 75

Rail Access

Sites with rail access are available throughout Athena Industrial Park and Athens-Clarke County.

  • CSX
  • Norfolk Southern Shortline
  • Athens Line TAL

Air Transportation

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport (ATL)
79 miles or 1 hr 34 min drive

Athens-Ben Epps Airport (AHN)
Local, newly renovated commercial terminal currently seeking a commercial tenant.

Port Access

Port of Savannah
206 miles or 3 hr 57 min drive


Georgia Sales Tax: 4%
Local Sales Tax: 4%
Real & Ad Valorem Tax: 1.36% of FMV



Customer’s choice from:


  • AT&T
  • Charter
  • Spectrum

Water & Sewer

Athens-Clarke County Public Utilities

  • 36 mgd Capacity
  • 14 mgd Average
  • 22 mgd Excess


All data provided by ESRI Q2 2018, Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, and Google Maps.