Introduction to Athens, Texas

Athens, Texas, in Henderson county, is 34 miles W of Tyler, Texas and 68 miles SE of Dallas, Texas. The city is conveniently located inside the Dallas metropolitan area. There are an estimated 11,297 people in Athens.

Athens History

The city of Athens is the county seat of the Henderson County. It is known as the "original Home of the Hamburger." According to one tradition, since the founders of this city expected it to become a cultural center, the community was named after the city of Athens, Greece. However, other sources state that the city was named after Athens, Georgia. Athens is also nicknamed the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World" because of its annual black-eyed pea festival.

Athens and nearby Attractions

  • Henderson County Historical Museum
  • Faulk and Gauntt Building
  • Central Baptist Church
  • Chalmers Lake
  • Purtis Creek State Recreation Area
  • Athens City Park

Things To Do In Athens

Those interested in learning about the local history and culture can pay a visit to the Henderson County Historical Museum. Chalmers Lake, Athens Lake, Bear Creek and Coppers Creek are beautiful water bodies and popular tourist spots. One can also visit the Athens City Park, Central Park and the Purtis Creek State Recreation Area, where a variety of recreational activities can be pursued.

Athens Transportation

Air transportation facilities are offered by the Tyler Pounds Regional Airport.

Athens Higher Education

For higher education, residents can enroll at the local Trinity Valley Community College. Other institutes nearby include the Tyler Junior College, Navarro College and The University of Texas at Tyler.


Total Population 12,782
Male Share of the Population 48.7%
Female Share of the Population 51.3%
Senior Citizens 14.3%
Employed Population 16+ 5,062
Age of the Population 32


% of people married 47.6%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $26,026
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $16,322
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,039


Median Family Income $42,275
% Above Poverty Level 70.4%
% Below Poverty Level 29.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.2%
Median Gross Rent $616
Median House Value $89,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 52.6%
US/American 0%
English 3.9%
Irish 6.5%

Athens Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles W of Tyler, Texas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles SE of Dallas, Texas
County Henderson
Standard Zip Codes 75751, 75752
Phone Area Codes 903
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 32.204
Longitude -95.855

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 2.9 miles
Jan Temp 35 to 57 F
Apr Temp 54 to 76 F
Jul Temp 73 to 93 F
Oct Temp 55 to 78 F
Annual Precip 42 inches
Station KAUFMAN 3 SE
Distance 34.7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 54 F
Apr Temp 52 to 74 F
Jul Temp 72 to 95 F
Oct Temp 54 to 78 F
Annual Precip 38.9 inches
Distance 35.5 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 50 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 93 F
Oct Temp 53 to 77 F
Annual Precip 43.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Baxter (75751)

Cardinal Hall (75751)

Crescent Heights (75751)

Tri Cities (75751)

Walton (75751)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Brownsboro 1,172 $55,859
Eustace 1,259 $52,574

Athens Public Libraries

Henderson Co/clint W Murchison Memorial Libra
Athens, Texas
(903) 677-7295
Library Web Site

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Athens Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(903) 676-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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