Athens, GA knows how to rock. Bands R.E.M, the B-52’s and Widespread Panic sprang from the city’s legendary music scene, and this college town continues to turn out great performances at venues like the 40 Watt Club. When they’re not rocking out to the latest local stars, students can be found cheering on the UGA Bulldogs.
City Population: 194,988
College(s): University of Georgia, Piedmont College, Athens Technical College
Cool Factors: A famous music scene and venues like the 40 Watt Club, Division 1 sports, Terrapin Brewery Tour, entertainment district next to campus with bars, nightclubs and restaurants
Benefits: Low cost of living, ideal location – close to Atlanta, family-friendly, rich music scene
Last Year's Rank: 2