Athens-Clarke County, GA

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Population

202,780

1.28% growth

Median Age

31.8


Median Household Income

$42,418

3.57% growth

Poverty Rate

25.4%


Number of Employees

93,200

2.74% growth

Median Property Value

$162,600

2.14% growth

About

In 2017, Athens-Clarke County, GA had a population of 203k people with a median age of 31.8 and a median household income of $42,418. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Athens-Clarke County, GA grew from 200,213 to 202,780, a 1.28% increase and its median household income grew from $40,955 to $42,418, a 3.57% increase.

The population of Athens-Clarke County, GA is 66.1% White Alone, 20.1% Black or African American Alone, and 8.31% Hispanic or Latino. 11.2% of the people in Athens-Clarke County, GA speak a non-English language, and 94.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA are University of Georgia (10,873 degrees awarded in 2016), Athens Technical College (1,823 degrees), and Georgia Institute of Cosmetology (140 degrees).

The median property value in Athens-Clarke County, GA is $162,600, and the homeownership rate is 53.8%. Most people in Athens-Clarke County, GA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Athens-Clarke County, GA is 2 cars per household.

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

Economy

The economy of Athens-Clarke County, GA employs 93.2k people. The largest industries in Athens-Clarke County, GA are Educational Services (18,645 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,723 people), and Retail Trade (10,326 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($213,125), Utilities ($51,394), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,102).

Median household income in Athens-Clarke County, GA is $42,418. Males in Athens-Clarke County, GA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,261. The income inequality in Athens-Clarke County, GA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.478, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$42,418

2017 value

± $999

3.57%

1 Year Growth

± 3.7%

Households in Athens-Clarke County, GA have a median annual income of $42,418, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $40,955 in 2016, which represents a 3.57% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$62,744

Average Male Salary

± $1,190

$46,261

Average Female Salary

± $830

In 2017, full-time male employees in Athens-Clarke County, GA made 1.36 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Athens-Clarke County, GA by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $58,486 ± $3,787

  2. White

    $53,819 ± $950

  3. Two or More Races

    $43,415 ± $4,855

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Athens-Clarke County, GA workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.09 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Athens-Clarke County, GA is from Georgia.

0.478

2017 Wage GINI

0.477

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Georgia was 0.478 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.233% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Georgia was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Georgia in comparison to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Athens-Clarke County, GA was Forsyth County, GA with a value of $102,084, followed by Fayette County, GA and Cherokee County, GA, with respective values of $84,742 and $76,368.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

25.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Athens-Clarke County, GA (48.6k out of 192k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    29,074 ± 1,127

  2. Black

    14,013 ± 889

  3. Hispanic

    7,067 ± 588

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

93.2k

2017 Value

± 2,169

2.74%

1 Year growth

± 3.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew at a rate of 2.74%, from 90.7k employees to 93.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Athens-Clarke County, GA, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (10,519 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,574 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,205 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Athens-Clarke County, GA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Athens-Clarke County, GA, by number of employees, are Education, Training, & Library Occupations (10,519 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (9,574 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (9,205 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Athens-Clarke County, GA has an unusually high number of residents working as Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.43 times higher than expected), Education, Training, & Library Occupations (1.87 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.34 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Athens-Clarke County, GA, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($63,265), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($60,460), and Legal Occupations ($55,799).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

93.2k

2017 Value

± 2,169

2.74%

1 Year growth

± 3.23%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew at a rate of 2.74%, from 90.7k employees to 93.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Athens-Clarke County, GA, are Educational Services (18,645 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,723 people), and Retail Trade (10,326 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Athens-Clarke County, GA, by number of employees, are Educational Services (18,645 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (10,723 people), and Retail Trade (10,326 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Athens-Clarke County, GA has an unusually high number of Educational Services (2.16 times higher than expected), Accommodation & Food Services (1.38 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.35 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Athens-Clarke County, GA, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($213,125), Utilities ($51,394), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($48,102).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $48.1B

  2. $38B

  3. $30.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia product (by dollars) was Mixed freight with $48.1B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $38B and Electronics and $30.6B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Georgia products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$430B

2015 Value

$628B

Projected 2045 Value

46.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Georgia trade was $430B. This is expected to increase 46.1% to $628B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Georgia trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Georgia to other states, or from other states to Georgia.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $39.4B

  2. $25.3B

  3. $20.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Georgia domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Florida with $39.4B, followed by South Carolina with $25.3B and North Carolina and $20.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Georgia shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

86.7% of the population of Athens-Clarke County, GA has health coverage, with 49% on employee plans, 13.4% on Medicaid, 9.1% on Medicare, 13.8% on non-group plans, and 1.44% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Athens-Clarke County, GA was $6,587 in 2014. This is a 5.41% increase from the previous year ($6,249).

Primary care physicians in Athens-Clarke County, GA see 1519 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1984 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 829 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.2%). Additionally, Rockdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.5%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1519 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Georgia see an average of 1519 patients per year. This represents a 0.459% decrease from the previous year (1526 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,587

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,406

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,199

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,429

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Georgia (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.41%, from $6,249 to $6,587.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

13.3%

Uninsured

49%

Employer Coverage

13.4%

Medicaid

9.1%

Medicare

13.8%

Non-Group

1.44%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Athens-Clarke County, GA declined by 6.49% from 14.2% to 13.3%.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.2% prevalence

  2. 17.3% prevalence

  3. 16.9% prevalence

Quitman County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Georgia, at 18.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Georgia by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Athens-Clarke County, GA is home to a population of 203k people, from which 94.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 8.08% of Athens-Clarke County, GA residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Athens-Clarke County, GA is composed of 134k White Alone residents (66.1%), 40.7k Black or African American Alone residents (20.1%), 16.9k Hispanic or Latino residents (8.31%), 7.18k Asian Alone residents (3.54%), 3.47k Two or More Races residents (1.71%), 283 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.14%), 258 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.127%), and 7 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.00345%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Athens-Clarke County, GA are Spanish or Spanish Creole (12,922 speakers), Chinese (1,546 speakers), and Korean (860 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

31

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

37

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 0.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Athens-Clarke County, GA was 31.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 31, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 37. But people in Athens-Clarke County, GA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Athens-Clarke County, GA residents was 31.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

8.08%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

7.96%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 8.08% of Athens-Clarke County, GA residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Athens-Clarke County, GA was 7.96%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    264,376 ± 12,459 people

  2. India

    85,239 ± 7,138 people

  3. Korea

    45,011 ± 5,197 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Athens-Clarke County, GA was Mexico, the natal country of 264,376 Athens-Clarke County, GA residents, followed by India with 85,239 and Korea with 45,011.

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Citizenship

94.5%

2017 Citizenship

94.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 94.5% of Athens-Clarke County, GA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Athens-Clarke County, GA was 94.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    134k ± 129

  2. Black or African American Alone

    40.7k ± 449

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    16.9k ± 1.4k

In 2017, there were 3.29 times more White Alone residents (134k people) in Athens-Clarke County, GA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 40.7k Black or African American Alone and 16.9k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Athens-Clarke County, GA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    12,922 speakers (6.91%)

  2. Chinese

    1,546 speakers (0.827%)

  3. Korean

    860 speakers (0.46%)

11.2% of Athens-Clarke County, GA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Athens-Clarke County, GA was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 6.91% of the overall population of Athens-Clarke County, GA are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.827% speak Chinese and 0.46% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,342 ± 313

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,494 ± 281

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,278 ± 256

Athens-Clarke County, GA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.24 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA awarded 12,836 degrees. The student population of Athens-Clarke County, GA is skewed towards women, with 17,146 male students and 23,940 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA are White (9,137 and 73.8%), followed by Black or African American (1,184 and 9.57%), Asian (881 and 7.12%), and Hispanic or Latino (563 and 4.55%).

The largest universities in Athens-Clarke County, GA by number of degrees awarded are University of Georgia (10,873 and 84.7%), Athens Technical College (1,823 and 14.2%), and Georgia Institute of Cosmetology (140 and 1.09%).

The most popular majors in Athens-Clarke County, GA are General Psychology (535 and 4.17%), General Finance (507 and 3.95%), and General Biological Sciences (428 and 3.33%).

The median tuition costs in Athens-Clarke County, GA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $9,364 and $27,574 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 510 degrees awarded

  2. 507 degrees awarded

  3. 428 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Athens-Clarke County, GA was General Psychology with 510 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

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 10,873 degrees awarded

  2. 1,823 degrees awarded

  3. 140 degrees awarded

$9,364

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Athens-Clarke County, GA institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Georgia with 10,873 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

5,280

Degrees Awarded to Men

7,556

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 5,280 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Athens-Clarke County, GA, which is 0.699 times less than the 7,556 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    9,137 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    1,184 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    881 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Athens-Clarke County, GA were to White students. These 9,137 degrees mean that there were 7.72 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 1,184 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Athens-Clarke County, GA was $162,600 in 2017, which is 0.747 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $159,200 to $162,600, a 2.14% increase. The homeownership rate in Athens-Clarke County, GA is 53.8%, which is lower than the national average of 63.9%. People in Athens-Clarke County, GA have an average commute time of 20.7 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Athens-Clarke County, GA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$42,418

Median Household Income

± $999

75.2k

Number of Households

± 1,770

In 2017, the median household income of the 75.2k households in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew to $42,418 from the previous year's value of $40,955.

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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Housing

Property Value

$162,600

2017 Median

± $2,671

$159,200

2016 Median

± $3,007

In 2017, the median property value in Athens-Clarke County, GA grew to to $162,600 from the previous year's value of $159,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Athens-Clarke County, GA compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens-Clarke County, GA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Athens-Clarke County, GA 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 $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

53.8%

2017 Homeownership

53.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 53.8% of the housing units in Athens-Clarke County, GA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 53.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is lower than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Athens-Clarke County, GA compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

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, followed by 1 car.

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Commute Time

20.7 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Athens-Clarke County, GA have a shorter commute time (20.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.13% of the workforce in Athens-Clarke County, GA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78.4%

  2. Carpooled

    9.81%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.45%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Athens-Clarke County, GA was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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