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Athens, Georgia 
Stats and Facts

Clarke County was founded in 1801.
The city of Athens was chartered in 1806.
Consolidated Athens-Clarke County in 1991

Size and Location
Georgia's smallest county, at 122 square miles, is located 61 miles northeast of Atlanta.

In 1991, the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County became the 28th consolidated city-county government in the U.S. and the third in Georgia.
Mayor: Nancy Denson, elected 2010


Local transportation includes car rental, public transit (bus), taxi and limousine service.

Athens benefits from a four-season climate, with warm summers but few extremes.
         Warmest month: July, 69°F avg. low; 90°F avg. high 
         Coolest month: January, 33°F avg. low; 51°F avg. high 
         Avg. rainfall: 48" 
         Avg. snowfall: 2.5".

802 feet

Industry According to Employment (2011)

  1. Government  31.6%
  2. Leisure and Hospitality (includes retail, accommodations, food service, arts & entertainment)
  3. Health Care  15%
  4. Other Services  11.8%
  5. Manufacturing & Construction  11.6%
  6. Finance / Insurance / Real Estate  3.5%
  7. Wholesale Trade  2.8%
  8. Other  1%

(Source: Georgia Department of LaborClarke County Labor Profile.)

Tourism Work$ for Athens-Clarke County

  • Hotel/motel tax: 7%
  • Sales tax: 7%
  • Athens has 24 hotels with 2,341 rooms.
  • Visitors to Athens contributed to $292.3 million in spending, 2,740 jobs and $20.17 million in state and local tax revenues in 2015. (Source: Georgia Department of Economic Development Economic Impact Report for 2015.)
  • In 2015, overnight tourists and day trip visitors generated  $58.9 billion in spending in Georgia, supporting over 439,000 jobs. (Source: Georgia Economic Impact of Travel Report for 2015.)
  • One out of nine jobs in the U.S. depend upon travel and tourism.
    (Source: U.S. Travel Association.)

More stats from the Athens CVB 2017 Annual Meeting

A division of The Classic Center Authority, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau is funded primarily by hotel and motel tax and functions as a destination management agency promoting Athens as the destination of choice for travelers and conventions.

*Hotel-motel tax is allocated as follows: ACC receives 14.29% of collections, the CVB 31.42%, and The Classic Center 54.29%.

>>Learn more about the economic impact of the meetings & conventions segment of local tourism at The Classic Center's website.

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