Rent to Own Homes near Athens, GA

  • Home to the B-52s and R.E.M., Athens, Georgia, is known as much for its college music scene as the University of Georgia. With its distinctive Victorian-era downtown and its three colleges, this modern college town attracts plenty of artists and other creatives to its city borders.

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Top Reasons to Live in Athens GA

  • Housing in Athens, Georgia Although the local college population has helped soften high vacancy rates, rental vacancies were at 17.22 percent in 2011. During the same year, 43.41 percent of people rented their homes. This figure is approximately 8 percent higher than the national and state average. Annual residential turnover is 32.39 percent, but those numbers are skewed higher than other areas due to post-secondary students.
  • Large Employers and Important Industries With nearly 10,000 employees, the University of Georgia remains Athens largest employer. The second largest employer, Athens Regional Medical Center, employs less than 3,000 workers. Only four other companies- Clarke County School District, Pilgrim's Pride, Athens-Clarke County Unified Government and St. Mary's Hospital- employ more than 1000 people.
  • Athens' Annual Festivals and Events Athens also receives thousands of visitors who come to enjoy local festivals planned throughout the year. For foodies, there is the Classic City BBQ Festival in August, the Classic City Brew-Fest in April, and the Athens Wine Weekends in January and February. People traveling to Athens to see the birthplace of their favorite band may plan their trip around the Twilight Americana music festival in April, the AthFest in June, or the Classic City American Music Festival in July.
  • Neighborhoods in Athens In 1991, Athens voted to combine governments with the county and officially become Athens-Clarke County. Due to the newly consolidated government, the area has gained several new neighborhoods. However, it's the decades-old, original Athens neighborhoods that preserve this area's unique heritage.