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Athens-Clarke County is a consolidated city-county situated within the State of Georgia. Athens is situated in the northeastern section of the state. It comprises the former City of Athens proper, which is the county seat and Clarke County too.

Athens is a college town which is mostly dependent upon the University of Georgia, that has been mainly responsible for the cities first growth. The original city decided to abandon its charter during 1991, in an effort to form the unified government with nearby Clarke County. The new area was called collectively as Athens-Clarke County. Based on the 2010 Census, the consolidated city county had a total population of roughly 115,452. This combined population comprised all of Athens-Clarke County minus a portion of Bogart and Winterville.

Athens, Georgia was originally a trading settlement set up along the Oconee River banks. The area went by the name Cedar Shoals during the late seventeen hundreds. On January 27, the year 1875, the Georgia General Assembly chartered the University of Georgia as the very first chartered state-supported university. Abraham Baldwin drafted the charter which existed only on paper for 16 years.

A delegation of men consisting of Hugh Lawson, John Twiggs, John Milledge, George Walton and Baldwin traveled during the summer of 1801, to the area referred to as Jackson County. Their objective was to select the future location for their university and to secure a construction contract for the university. Unanimously, the delegation agreed on the property site on the hill above Cedar Shoals and the Oconee River. On the 25th of July, the year 1801, Milledge purchased 633 acres from Daniel Easley and after that donated it to the university. The land was named Athens to honor the Greek city which was the center of learning and culture in the ancient times.

Approximately 125 square miles make up the Athens-Clarke County. Out of Georgia's one hundred fifty nine counties, this one has the smallest land area. Amongst the highest points in Athens is designated by City Hall within the downtown core. It is located approximately 761 feet above sea level. Athens-Clarke County was the 25th county established in the state of Georgia. It is approximately sixty five miles northeast of Atlanta.

There is a diverse economy in the region which is built up of several sectors such as healthcare, poultry processing, tourism timber and education. Other major factors for the economy include the production of things such as electrical parts, textiles, transportation equipment, apparel, and industrial machines. Additionally, Athens is considered to be the major center for trade within the Northeast Georgia area.

Within Athens, there are some occupations that are far more common than in various areas of the United States. Like for instance, coil winders, bio-technology technicians, finishers, tapers, off-beaters and machine feeders, veterinary technicians and technologists, surgical technologists and metal fabricators are amongst the most popular professions.

The top sectors for employment within the area comprise: Healthcare, Government, Management, Education, Administrative Support and Sales, Manufacturing as well as Finance and Business.