Profile for Athens, Georgia, GA
City Hall and Confederate monument, Athens, GA
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"Classic City" (for its many Greek Revival buildings)
Athens is a consolidated city in Clarke County.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the city in Greece.
The latitude of Athens is 33.960N. The longitude is -83.378W.
It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 748 feet.
Athens is on the Oconee River.
Former and merged names include:
· Cedar Shoals
The community developed around the university, which was chartered in 1785.
Athens escaped serious damage during the Civil War, when Sherman's army passed south of here.
Known for a local railroad trestle, featured on the back cover of R.E.M.'s first album, "Murmurs." When the trestle was threatened with demolition, R.E.M. fans rallied to save it.
Public transportation: Athens Transit System (See the transit and travel sections below.)
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 387. The number of murders and homicides was 9. The violent crime rate was 3.7 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 7 among medium-sized cities in the ePodunk College Town Index, 2002
Ranked No. 15 on the Best Places to Live and Work in America list, compiled by BestJobsUsa.com, 2002
Filming location for:
· 1980s TV series, "Breaking Away"
Well-known residents have included:
· Fran Tarkenton, football player
· Kim Basinger, actress
· Leo Kottke, musician
Local bands (past and present) have included R.E.M., B-52s, Pylon
National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
- AthFest - June 20-24, 2007
- Twilight Criterium & Festival - April 27-28, 2007
- North Georgia Folk Festival - Oct. 6, 2007
- Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival - March 22-25, 2007
- Greater Athens Fair - Oct. 2-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Athens web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation:
Fort Yargo State Park, Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail, Sandy Creek Nature Center
Athens attractions: Founders Memorial Garden, State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Historic sites and museums: University of Georgia Museum of Natural History, Church-Waddel-Brumby House Museum, Georgia Museum of Art, U.S. Navy Supply Corps Museum
Colleges and universities:
University of Georgia, Athens Technical College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)
PO Box 1868
Athens, GA 30603
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Athens festival dates:
Fairs, festivals & other events
- AthFest - J
- Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival - M
- Twilight Criterium & Festival - A
- Greater Athens Fair - O
- North Georgia Folk Festival - O
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
Athens festival web sites:
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City and county governments consolidated after a public referendum in 1990. City and county school systems had merged in 1955.
Historic districts in Athens include Athens Warehouse Historic District, Bloomfield Street Historic District, Boulevard Historic District, Cobbham Historic District, Dearing Street Historic District, Downtown Athens Historic District, Milledge Avenue Historic District, Milledge Circle Historic District, Oglethorpe Avenue Historic District, Old North Campus, University of Georgia ... View historic districts
Libraries in Athens include Athens-Clarke County Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Athens include Athens Banner-Herald
TV stations in Athens include WGTV, WUVG.
National Public Radio programming is carried locally by WUGA.
Clarke County supported John Kerry in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Athens political report.
A total of 31 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Athens between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 3.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.
Hotels in Athens include Athens Days Inn, Best Inn, Best Western, Campus Inn, Comfort Inn Athens, Comfort Suites Athens, Country Inn & Suites, Courtyard by Marriott Athens, Foundry Park Inn & Spa, Hilton Garden Inn ... More hotels.
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