Athens, Ga.

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Roughly 70 miles east of Atlanta, is the educated, artsy, diverse, and laid-back college town of Athens. The home to a popular football team, the University of Georgia Bulldogs, has a growing social scene. Known for world-famous music, including R.E.M and the B-52s, and a budding restaurant scene, Athens almost ranks as high on quality of life as it does demographics. Students will also enjoy the walkable downtown full of hip places to shop, eat, and drink. Poor labor market conditions dissuade students from sticking around after graduation.

#14 Athens, Ga.

POPULATION: 197,099
STUDENTS: 36,443
RANKING DETAIL:
#15 COLLEGE EDUCATED
#4 DIVERSITY

Quality of life

#17 CITY ACCESS
#8 ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT
#7 BARS AND RESTAURANTS

Economics

#17 YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT
#20 LABOR FORCE
#16 INNOVATION
#2 RENT

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