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Athens Rankings and Accolades

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2006 and Prior:

  • Readers' Choice Award - ConventionSouth, December 2006
  • Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Event - AthFest, June 2005, June 2006, and June 2007; Robert Osborne's Classic Film Festival, March 2006 & March 2007
  • "Best College Town for Retirees" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Nov. 2006
  • Ranked second safest city in Georgia, 136th safest in the country - Morgan Quitno Press, October 2006 (crime statistics analysis of cities with 75,000 or more people)
  • Ranked #2 "Best Long Weekend Escape" - GO, AirTran InFlight Magazine, October 2006
  • "Best Place to Recapture Your Youth" - Fortune magazine, June 26, 2006
  • Ranked #1 Small City for Relocating Families, 2005 and 2006, Worldwide Employee Relocation Council
  • Athens Ranks 34th Nationally in Quality-of-Life by 'Cities Ranked & Rated' at BestPlaces.net
  • Best Veg-Friendly City Award (#9 in Small City category), GoVeg.com, March 2006
  • UGA's Ramsey Student Center for Physical Activities, #1 college fitness center, CosmoGIRL! Magazine, Oct. 2005
  • Top Five "Best Places to Retire 2005," Money magazine, Oct. 11, 2005
  • One of seven "Cool Cities," Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Oct. 2005
  • "Five Star Knowledge Worker Metro," Expansion Management, May 2005
  • "Top Small U.S. Metro Area," 2005's Best Cities for Relocating Families (study commissioned by Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, http://www.primacy.com/)
  • "50 Best Places to Live" -Men's Journal, Ranked 49 in May 2004, 30th in May 2005
  • Ranked 11th in "Southern Metro Business Climate Index" - Southern Business & Development Magazine, Summer 2004
  • Athens is "Live Music Central." - The New York Times, 5/10/02
  • Top Ten "Great College Towns" - The Princeton Review, 2002
  • Hugh Acheson, one of America's "Top 10 Best New Chefs" - Food & Wine 
    Magazine
     - July 2002
  • "Best Places to Retire" - Where to Retire - Winter, 1996; Spring, 2002
  • "Best Places for Black Families to Live in America" - Family Digest - Jan. 2003
  • "Best Places to Live and Work in America" -- Employment Review - June, 2002
  • Georgia's "Most Enlightened City" - Utne Reader, April 1997
  • One of America's "Top 15 Cities for Vegetarians" - Vegetarian Times - June, 1995
  • "Top 12 Places to Retire in America" - Your Money magazine - August, 1999
  • "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America" (#81), John Villani, 1998
  • UGA's Bulldog Mascot, Uga V: "Best Team Mascot" - Sports Illustrated - April, 1997
  • "Best Student Recreation Center" - Sports Illustrated - April, 1997
  • "Best Places to Live Now" - Top metropolitan area in Georgia, Money Magazine, 1991 and 1992
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