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Athens-Clarke County Facts At-a-Glance

About Athens-Clarke County

The Athens-Clarke County metropolitan area serves as an employment, cultural, educational and business center for surrounding counties and all of Northeast Georgia.

Business Climate

Long marked on the map as a center for the arts, learning and cuisine; a music capital; and home to the University of Georgia and Athens Tech, Athens is also noted for a rich manufacturing history and a strong industrial base. From food processing to pharmaceuticals, to plastics and now Caterpillar bulldozers, numerous manufacturers have flourished in Athens-Clarke County for many years. Boasting a diverse business mix, Athens is home to major Fortune 500 companies and local entrepreneurial startups alike.


Logistics Spotlight

Athens is easily accessible from US-441, US-78 and GA-316, with Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport only 80 miles away. Located 20 miles from I-85 and 30 miles from I-20, Athens affords easy access to the City of Atlanta and the port of Savannah, and the Athens’ own Ben Epps Airport is a mere three miles from the heart of downtown. CSX and Norfolk Southern provide freight service in and out of Athens, with lines running directly to the Athena Industrial Park. More information is available on the Athens-Clarke County Logistics Spotlight.

Business Expansion Assistance

Athens-Clarke County offers a variety of state and local incentives to target both new and expanding businesses in the area, including homestead and Freeport exemptions. These incentives, along with low taxes, a low cost of living, and the additional purchasing power and employment base of more than 34,000 college students, make the county an attractive choice to businesses seeking the perfect location for their operations.

Athens-Clarke County Facts At-A-Glance

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Athens-Clarke County (ACC):122,604(2015 estimate)
Athens-Clarke MSA:196,425 (2013)
US Census


(Annual Average)
July High: 90.2 degrees F
January Low: 32.9 degrees F
Rainfall: 47.8"
Snowfall: 2.6"

Land Area

(Square Miles)
Athens-Clarke County: 119.2
Persons: 979
U.S. Census


Median Family Income: (2014) $59,597
Median Household Income: (2014) $41,761
Per Capita Personal Income: (2014) $21,593

Tax Structure

State Sales Tax: 4%
Local Sales Tax: 3%
Millage Rate: 34.00 (2015)
Taxes are computed at 40% of the fair market value of both real and tangible personal property


Athens Regional Medical Center (ARMC): 350 beds
St. Mary?s Hospital: 200 beds
University of Georgia ? Georgia Health Sciences
University of Georgia ? College of Public Health
Athens Technical College ? Life Sciences

Higher Education

University of Georgia (UGA): 34,000+ Students
Athens Technical College: 7,200 Athens Students
Piedmont College: 2,800 Athens/Demorest
Gainesville State: 2,300 Students/Watkinsville

Major Employers

10,500+ University of Georgia (Higher Education)
2,000+ Clarke County School District (Education)
2,000+ Athens-Clarke County (Government)
2,000+ St. Mary's Health Care?(Healthcare)
1,500+ Caterpillar (Manfuacturing)
1,500+ Pilgrim's Pride (Food Processing)?
500+ Dial America (Telemarketing)
500+ Power Partners (Manufacturingl)
450+ Baldor Dodge Reliance (Manufacturing)
450+ Carrier Transicold (Manufacturing)

UGA Research Engine

Annual $230 Million R&D Expenditures
Strong Life Science, Biomedical, Plant Breeding, Nanotechnology, Engineering, Drug Discovery,?and Genomics Programs

Education & Training

Career Academy- College-Level Courses in HS
Quick Start- State will bear cost of?training new employees
Job Training Partnership Act- Provides?training of labor force to an employer's specific needs
Georgia Work Ready Program- Over 3,046 Certified Work Ready Employees


Athens-Ben Epps:
2/20 Runway: 3995 ft x 100 ft / 1218 m x 30 m
9/27 Runway:6122 ft x 100 ft / 1866 m x 30 m

Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport: 79 miles away
Greenville-Spartanburg International, SC: 110 miles away


U.S. Highways 29/78/129/441
GA Highway 316
23 miles from Interstate 85 30 miles from Interstate 20 68 miles from Interstate 75


CSX, Norfolk Southern, Shortline ? The Athens Line (TAL)


(Drive time)
Savannah, GA: 4 hrs. 15 min.
Brunswick, GA: 5 hrs. 15 min. Charleston, SC: 4 hrs. 45 min.
Jacksonville, FL: 5 hrs. 45 min.

Distance to Major Markets

Atlanta, GA - 70
Macon, GA - 90
Port of Savannah, GA - 234
Port of Brunswick, GA - 293
Port of Charleston, SC - 269
Charlotte, NC - 201
Jacksonville, FL - 302
Birmingham, AL - 216


Electricity: Georgia Power, Walton
& Jackson EMC
Telecom: Charter, AT&T, etc.
Water: Athens-Clarke County
Capacity: 36 mgd
Average: 14 mgdExcess: 22 mgd
North Oconee Waste Water Treatment
Capacity: 14 mgd
Average: 7.1 mgd
Excess: 6.9 mgd
Middle Oconee Waste Water Treatment
Capacity: 10 mgd
Average: 4.6 mgd
Excess: 5.4 mgd
Natural Gas: Atlanta Gas Light
(Leading Provider - Deregulation)

Labor Force

Athens-Clarke County MSA:95,731
(Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe)

Unemployment Rate

Athens-Clarke County MSA: 4.4%
(Clarke, Barrow, Jackson, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe)
State: 5.3%
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(May 2016)


Georgia is a Right to Work State.

Hourly: $19.85
Hourly Georgia: $21.84
Annual: $41,290
Annual Georgia: $45,420
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics(May 2015)

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