According to its website, the on-line publication considered:
- Is the city growing? We assessed growth in the working-age population, ages 16 and older, from 2009 to 2011 to ensure that the city was attracting workers and exhibiting a trend of upward population growth.
- Can you afford to live in the city comfortably? We measured a city’s median household income to see if workers made a good living. We also analyzed the monthly homeowner costs, including mortgage payments, to see if the city had a reasonable cost of living.
- Are most people employed? We looked at the unemployment rate.
"Athens-Clarke is a consolidated city-county in northeastern Georgia and is the fifth-largest city in the state. Athens-Clarke saw 3.1 percent growth in the working-age population between 2009 and 2011. Top employers
in the region are the University of Georgia, Athens Regional Health
System and Pilgrim’s. The University of Georgia, located in Athens, has a
Small Business Development Center
designed to help small businesses and their employees exceed. There,
businesses can find trained consultants, training courses and other
resources. Athens is a bustling hub of culture, as the birthplace of bands such as R.E.M. and the B-52s – Rolling Stone Magazine named Athens the top college music scene in America."
Athens had the lowest median household income, at $33,806, and a monthly household cost of $1,277. For the full story, click here.