Accolades: Men's Journal named Athens one of the 50 Best Places to Live in its May 2003 issue, Rolling Stone named Athens the #1 College Music Scene that Rocks in February 2003, and American Style named Athens one of the Top 25 Arts Destinations in both 2002 and 2003. Southern Business & Development Magazine ranked Athens 11th among all markets regardless of size and 7th among the South’s small markets (250,000 and under) in 2003.
Geography: Athens-Clarke County, comprised of 125 square miles, is the smallest in land area of Georgia's 159 counties. It was the twenty-fifth county created in the state and is located approximately 65 miles NE of Atlanta.
Population: According to the 2000 census, Clarke County was the fourteenth most populous county in the state with 101,489. (In 1990, the census showed 87,594 people.) The Athens-Clarke County Planning Department estimates the 2003 population at 105,529.
Government: The Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County's Mission Statement: "Athens-Clarke County, an open and responsive government, facilitating a positive environment for individuals to obtain a high quality of life and local organizations to achieve success by providing innovative, high quality services and responsible stewardship of the community's resources, to benefit current and future generations." (Adopted November 4, 1997).