Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA Profile: Facts & Data


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Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, Georgia - Basic Facts

The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County is the 6th largest city in Georgia with a population of 127,449 as of July 1, 2020. Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Georgia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County is located at latitude 33.9508 and longitude -83.3689 in Clarke County. The formal boundaries for the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County encompass a land area of 116.36 sq. miles and a water area of 1.79 sq. miles. Clarke County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 610 feet.

The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County (GNIS ID: ) has a C8 Census Class Code which indicates the balance of a consolidated city excluding the separately incorporated place(s) within that consolidated government. Separate census estimates are also produced for the semi-independent places which together with the "balance record," sum to the entire territory of the consolidated city.

Georgia is one of 20 states where Census County Divisions (CCDs) are used for statistical tracking of subdivisions within each county. The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County is located within Athens Division of Clarke County.


Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 127,449 (100%)
Population in Households 117,340 (92.1%)
Population in Families 70,519 (55.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 10,109 ( 7.9%)
Population Density 1,096
Diversity Index2 66


Median Household Income $42,715
Average Household Income $64,875
% of Income for Mortgage4 19%
Per Capita Income $25,672
Wealth Index5 58


Total HU (Housing Units) 54,394 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 19,457 (35.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 30,504 (56.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 4,433 ( 8.1%)
Median Home Value $193,637
Average Home Value $244,513
Housing Affordability Index3 120


Total Households 49,961
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 23,471
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.97% 0.82%
Households 1.05% 0.94%
Families 0.78% 0.75%
Median Household Income   1.74%
Per Capita Income   2.45%
Owner Occupied HU   0.8%


Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County, GA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County to the other 625 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Georgia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 6 99th
Population Density # 138 78th
Median Household Income # 316 50th
Housing Affordability Index # 68 11th
Per Capita Income # 194 69th
Diversity Index # 93 85th

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