Moving to Athens, GA - History
Athens, GA is well-known for being the home to the University of Georgia. The University was responsible for the city’s initial growth. Athens got its name from John Milledge, who bought 633 acres and donated it to the university. He named the surrounding area Athens after the city that was home to the academy of Plato and Aristotle in Greece. Athens officially became a town in 1806. Today, the Athens-Clarke county metro area has a population of more than 192,541 residents.
What makes living in Athens, GA so great? Take a look!
I hope you love southern weather! Summers in Athens will be warm and humid, while winters will be fairly mild. Make sure you buy some rain boots because Athens gets about 47 inches of precipitation per year, with only 2.9 of those inches being snowfall.
Athens has about 12 neighborhoods. Downtown thrives with college kids, as it next to the University. There are many night clubs downtown, as well as the Classic Center, a multi-purpose facility containing a performing arts center, convention space, and banquet halls. Pulaski-Heights is another well-known neighborhood. It has narrow streets, natural ravines, and is home to skilled tradesmen, clerks, and small business owners. It’s a charming neighborhood that you’ll love exploring or living in!
The Clarke County School District provides public education to Pre-School through 12th graders in the area. There are 14 elementary schools, four middle schools, and three high schools. The district has more than 700 full-time teachers and more than 11,000 students. There are a number of private schools in the area, too.
Of course, the University of Georgia is the primary higher education institution in Athens, but there is also Athens Technical College and Piedmont College as other options.
Things to do
When you’re not cheering on the Bulldogs to victory, check out these fun things to do in Athens!
- Spend time at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia
- Give your taste buds a thrill at the Terrapin Beer Company. You can explore new brews, listen to live music, even take a tour!
- Take the kids to the World of Wonder Playground
- Go climbing on boulders up to 20 ft. high at Active Climbing!
- Find great foods, crafts, and arts at the local Athens Farmer’s Market!
- Explore these other great FREE things to do!
Moving to Athens Affordably
If you’re looking to stay on budget when moving to Athens, go U-Pack® Moving!
U-Pack rates are comparable to truck rental, but you don’t have to do the driving!
Simply choose a U-Pack moving container or moving trailer. It will be delivered to your door. Then, load it up with your belongings. U-Pack will drive your belongings to your new home in Athens. You unload. It’s easy!
What if you’re a student moving to the University of Georgia? Well, U-Pack offers a student discount! Just load up our ReloCube (holds a studio-sized apartment), and U-Pack will drive it to your dorm or off-campus apartment. It fits in a single parking space, so you won’t take up a lot of room like you would with a rental truck.
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