Introduction to Athens, Tennessee

Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn county, is 48 miles NE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 117 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. There are an estimated 13,220 people in the city.

Athens History

Athens was known as Pumpkintown until it became the county seat of McMinn County in 1823. The area was most likely named Athens because of perceived topographical similarities to Athens, Greece. Prominent early settlers in the city include Samuel Cleage, a construction entrepreneur, and William Henry Cooke.

Athens and nearby Attractions

  • Military Memorial Museum
  • American Museum of Science and Energy.
  • Oak Ridge Art Center
  • Red Clay State Park
  • Knoxville Museum of Art
  • Harrison Bay State Park

Things To Do In Athens

While in Athens, golfers can enjoy a round at the White Oaks Golf Course or the Ridgewood Golf Course. The Athens Plaza Shopping Center, the Whiteway Shopping Center and the McMinn Shopping Center offer facilities for shopping. Local churches include the First Bible Church, Cedar Springs Church and Parkway Church. The E. G. Fisher Public Library offers a wide variety of reading materials. The area hosts the Mid East Regional Fair every September.

Athens Transportation

Chattanooga Metropolitan is the nearest major airport.

Athens Higher Education

Tennessee Wesleyan College is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions include Lee University, Roane State Community College and The University of Tennessee.


Total Population 13,603
Male Share of the Population 45.4%
Female Share of the Population 54.6%
Senior Citizens 15.5%
Employed Population 16+ 5,434
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 40.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 23.2%
Median Earnings25+ $28,290
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $20,180
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,841


Median Family Income $41,360
% Above Poverty Level 73%
% Below Poverty Level 27%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38%
Median Gross Rent $586
Median House Value $117,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.8%
US/American 0%
English 13.3%
Irish 12.6%

Athens Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 48 miles NE of Chattanooga, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 117 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia
County McMinn
Standard Zip Codes 37303
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37371
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.442
Longitude -84.593

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
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches
Station DAYTON 2 SE
Distance 23 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 58.2 inches
Station ROCKWOOD 2
Distance 28.8 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 60.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Calhoun 530 $63,750
Decatur 1,503 $33,594
Englewood 1,870 $34,091
Etowah 3,498 $53,950
Niota 850 $42,500
Sweetwater 5,856 $46,397

Athens Public Libraries

E.g. Fisher Public Library
Athens, Tennessee
(423) 745-7782

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Athens Hospitals

(423) 745-1411
Emergency Service: Yes

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