Quality of Life

Athens-Clarke County has something for everyone. Whether you want a community with a rich history and culture, an exciting lifestyle and nightlife or a nice place to raise a family, Athens has what you're looking for.

Athens prides itself on tradition, love for community, and a commitment to excellence.

Flip through the pages of your favorite newspaper or magazine – from the New York Times to GQ to Georgia Trend – and you’ll find numerous nods to Athens’ diverse mix of cultural, educational and economic opportunities. What emerges is the picture of a remarkably well-rounded community, where achievement on one end of the spectrum is never met with weakness on the other. One of America’s “Most Vibrant Cities for Young Professionals” (“The Today Show”) happens to be one of “Four Great Places to Retire” (Fortune), while the No. 1 College Music Scene (Rolling Stone) is also a “Best Place to Raise Your Kids” (Business Week). Read on to learn how one of the “Best Cities for Jobs” ( can also be among “America’s Greenest Cities” (Popular Science), and begin to fill in your own picture of the overachiever we call home.


 Athens Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life Guide (2012)