Athens-Clarke County is a consolidated city-county located within Georgia State. Athens is situated within the northeastern portion of the state of Georgia. It consists of the former City of Athens proper, that is the county seat and Clarke County as well.
Athens is a college town which is heavily dependent upon the University of Georgia, which has been mostly responsible for the cities original development. The original city decided to abandon its charter in nineteen ninety one, in an effort to form the unified government with nearby Clarke County. The new area was called collectively as Athens-Clarke County. According to the 2010 Census, the consolidated city county had a total population of roughly 115,452. This combined population consisted of all of Athens-Clarke County minus a section of Winterville and Bogart.
At first, Athens was no more than a trading settlement on the Oconee River banks. During the latter part of the 1700s the area was known as Cedar Shoals. On January 27, the year 1875, the Georgia General Assembly chartered the University of Georgia as the very first chartered state-supported university. Abraham Baldwin drafted the charter that existed only on paper for 16 years.
A delegation of men including John Milledge, Hugh Lawson, John Twiggs, George Walton and Baldwin traveled in the summer of 1801, to the region called Jackson County. Their goal was to pick the future site for their university and to secure a construction contract for the university. Unanimously, the delegation agreed on the site of the property on the hill above Cedar Shoals and the Oconee River. On July 25, 1801, Daniel Easley sold six hundred thirty three acres to Milledge and afterward donated it to the university. The land was named Athens to honor the Greek city that was the center of learning and culture in the ancient times.
About one hundred twenty five square miles make up the Athens-Clarke County. Out of Georgia's 159 counties, this one has the smallest land area. Amongst the highest points within Athens is designated by City Hall in the downtown core. It is situated roughly seven hundred sixty one feet above sea level. Athens-Clarke County was the 25th county established within the state. It is about 65 miles northeast of the city of Atlanta.
The area has developed a somewhat diversified economy which is led by the healthcare, poultry processing, tourism, timber and education businesses. Other major factors for the economy comprise the production of objects like electrical parts, textiles, transportation equipment, apparel, and industrial machines. Also, Athens is considered to be the major center for trade within the Northeast Georgia area.
Within Athens, there are some professions, jobs which are much more common compared to various areas of the US. For example, coil winders, bio-technology technicians, tapers, finishers, machine feeders and off-beaters, veterinary technicians and technologists, metal fabricators and surgical technologists are among the most popular occupations.
The top sectors for employment in the region comprise: Healthcare, Government, Management, Education, Manufacturing, Administrative Support and Sales as well as Finance and Business.