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Athens, Ohio

Introduction to Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio, in Athens county, is 64 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio. There are an estimated 21,342 people in the city.

Athens History

The area now known as Athens was first settled by Europeans around 1797. It was officially incorporated as a village in the year 1811. The Hocking Canal was opened in 1843, and the first railroad entered Athens in 1857. The present day Athens State Hospital was opened in 1874. Athens earned the status of a city in 1912 and became the alternate capital city of Ohio during the 1960s.

Athens and nearby Attractions

  • Kennedy Museum of Art
  • Wayne National Forest
  • Strouds Run State Park
  • Forked Run State Park
  • Burr Oak State Park

Things To Do In Athens

The city of Athens offers approximately 260 acres of parkland for the recreation of both residents and visitors. Apart from its nature preserve, the city also has a state park, 14 outdoor basketball courts, 5 soccer fields, two miles of paved bike path, 4 tennis courts, and 2 sand volleyball courts. Athens organizes several festivals and events through out the year including the annual Sustainability Festival, Athens County Fair, Pawpaw Festival, and Hockhocking Folk Festival.

Athens Transportation

Air transportation is available from Mid-Ohio Valley Regional Airport.

Athens Higher Education

Ohio University - Main Campus is the local university. Facilities for higher education are also provided by West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Hocking Technical College, Denison University, and other colleges.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Athens Walking and Biking to Work
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 1% trophy Athens Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy Athens College Educated Adults
Racial Diversity
(vs. State)
Top 10% Athens Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Athens, Ohio

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

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

The People

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


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 10
Median Family Income 6 8
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
People Above Poverty 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 10 10
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 9 10
Public Transportation Use 6 8


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 10 10
People Living Alone 9 10
Affordability of Rents 7 5
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 6 7
Affordability of Property Taxes 5 3
Housing Recently Built 4 7

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Athens Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 64 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio
County Athens
Standard Zip Codes 45701
Phone Area Codes 740
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 39.329
Longitude -82.101

Athens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station ATHENS 2 N
Distance 2.6 miles
Jan Temp 18 to 39 F
Apr Temp 36 to 65 F
Jul Temp 60 to 86 F
Oct Temp 38 to 67 F
Annual Precip 39.6 inches
Distance 25.9 miles
Jan Temp 19 to 38 F
Apr Temp 38 to 64 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 40 to 65 F
Annual Precip 43.2 inches
Distance 35.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 39 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 65 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 66 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
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Athens Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 21,342 100%
Male 9,999 46.9%
Female 11,343 53.1%
Under 18 1,420 6.7%
18+ 19,922 93.3%
65+ 1,052 4.9%
Median Age 21.5
Average Family Size 2.72
White 19,028 89.2%
African-American 816 3.8%
Asian 954 4.5%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.1%
Other 128 0.6%
Mixed Race 372 1.7%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 301 1.4%

Estimated Athens Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 20,918
Growth -424
Growth % -2%

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 24.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 13.9%
Irish 13.1%
Italian 8.7%
English 8.5%
Polish 4.6%
US/American 3.2%
Scottish 2.6%
European 2.1%
Scotch-Irish 1.6%
Hungarian 1.5%
Welsh 1.4%
Swedish 1%
Greek 1%
French (except Basque) 1%
Russian 0.9%
Dutch 0.9%
Swiss 0.7%
British 0.7%
Slovak 0.7%
Lebanese 0.5%
Ukrainian 0.5%
Danish 0.4%
Other Arab 0.4%
Czech 0.4%
Romanian 0.4%
Croatian 0.4%
Austrian 0.4%
Norwegian 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Arab/Arabic 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
French Canadian 0.3%
Syrian 0.2%
Lithuanian 0.2%
Eastern European 0.2%
Slovene 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:

Shade (45701)

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 21,342 $53,391
Albany 808 $42,750
Amesville 184 $44,000
Buchtel 574 $31,607
Chauncey 1,067 $30,865
Jacksonville 544 $30,556
Trimble 466 $30,938

Athens Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(740) 593-5551
Emergency Service: Yes

Starbucks in Athens

(As of 2005)
919 E State St
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