Athens is a town in Alabama with a population of slightly more than 24,000. Retirees should fit right in, as they make up 18% of the population compared to 14% nationally. Most Athens residents own their homes, and 37% of residents rent. Renters in the city benefit from a relatively low average rent of $647/month, which is $160/month less than the state average.
Athens has an average commute time of about 25 minutes, faster than around 80% of cities in the state. Many residents (41%) commute to work by car, while public transportation is not used. Relatively few commuters walk to work.
There are three primary industries in Athens: manufacturing, retail, and healthcare. Together, these industries account for 19% of the workforce in the city. Meanwhile, looking at job function, 5% of the city's population works in transportation, which ranks as the top profession in the city. Athens workers earn an average annual income of just over $61K, about the same as the average Alabama resident. Athens, however, compares less favorably to the national average ($73,345). Compared to the national average, Athens has a relatively high concentration of residents older than 25 who have earned a high school degree or equivalent (22%). In addition, 12% possess a Bachelor's degree and 4% have earned a Master's degree or Doctorate.