Athens is actually a consolidated city-county known as Athens-Clarke County. Following the 1991 merger, Athens-Clark County became the sixth most populated city in Georgia, with a Metropolitan Area population of just over 190,000 according to the 2010 Census. Although Athens is located in the humid subtropical climate zone, the city can experience moderate snowfall during the wet winters common in the area. Thunderstorms are a frequent occurrence during the winter, which can sometimes turn severe enough to produce tornadoes. Auto haulers must be cautious when traveling through Athens during wet months. Even without severe weather, flooding and torrential rain can easily cause traffic delays and hazardous conditions for auto shipping haulers.
State Route 106 ends in Athens and continues to the north, while Georgia Highway 316 ends in Athens from the east. Other U.S. Highways that commonly serve the city include 441, 129, 78, and 29. In addition to being an attractive destination for snowbirds from the north, Athens is a haven for writers. Hill Street Press maintains their headquarters in the city, while two Pulitzer Prize winners have called the area home. Perhaps the biggest draw for auto shippers in the area is the University of Georgia, the largest and oldest higher learning institution in the state.
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