Athens, Illinois

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Athens, Illinois

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High Points

Athens strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Illinois):

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Well-Paid Single Women
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Top 9% Athens Well-Paid Single Women

Comparative Profile of Athens, Illinois

Comparing Athens to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Illinois (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Well-Paid Single Women 10 9
Female Share of the Population 9 10
Well-Paid Single Men 8 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 6 6
Racial Diversity 5 5
Age of the Population 3 3
Senior Citizens 2 3
Male Share of the Population 2 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 6 5
Portion of People Married 5 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Median Family Income 8 6
People Above Poverty 8 6
People in Middle Class or Better 8 5
College Educated Adults 7 7

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Public Transportation Use 6 4
Working at Home 6 6
Short Commute Times 3 5
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Housing Recently Built 7 8
People Living Alone 6 7
Affordability of Rents 4 5
Affordability of Property Taxes 3 5
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 2 3

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Athens Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 11 miles N of Springfield, Illinois (center to center)
Nearest Large City 96 miles N of St. Louis, Missouri
County Menard
Metro Area Springfield
Standard Zip Codes 62613
Phone Area Codes 217
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.96
Longitude -89.723

Athens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 8 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 42 to 63 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.5 inches
Station MASON CITY 1 W
Distance 16.6 miles
Jan Temp 16 to 33 F
Apr Temp 41 to 65 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 67 F
Annual Precip 35.7 inches
Station VIRDEN
Distance 32 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 35 F
Apr Temp 44 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 37 inches
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Athens Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 1,726 100%
Male 792 45.9%
Female 934 54.1%
Under 18 494 28.6%
18+ 1,232 71.4%
65+ 178 10.3%
Median Age 35.1
Average Family Size 3.1
White 1,696 98.3%
African-American 7 0.4%
Asian 4 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.1%
Other 8 0.5%
Mixed Race 9 0.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 22 1.3%

Estimated Athens Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 1,800
Growth 74
Growth % 4.3%

Athens Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
German 32.8%
US/American 14.9%
Irish 14.3%
English 9.1%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 7.4%
Italian 4.9%
Swedish 2.2%
Scottish 2.1%
Welsh 2.1%
Polish 2%
Lithuanian 1.6%
French (except Basque) 1.3%
Norwegian 0.9%
European 0.9%
Dutch 0.8%
Scotch-Irish 0.8%
Hungarian 0.5%
Northern European 0.4%
British 0.3%
Danish 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
Portuguese 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Athens, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Fancy Prairie (62613)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Athens 1,726 $50,272
Cantrall 139 $45,417
Greenview 862 $49,125
Petersburg 2,299 $42,500
Sherman 2,871 $75,164
Tallula 638 $38,864
Williamsville 1,439 $56,012

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Serves 288 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.7

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