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Overview

Introduction to Athens, Alabama

Athens, Alabama, in Limestone county, is 13 miles N of Decatur, Alabama (center to center) and 94 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is conveniently located inside the Huntsville metropolitan area.

Athens History

The city of Athens was incorporated in 1818 and is one of the oldest chartered cities of Alabama. In the same year, it became the county seat of the newly formed Limestone County. The community was named after the ancient city of Athens in Greece. It is the birthplace of William Wyatt Bibb, Alabama's first Governor. Athens was initially a cotton and railroad community. However, following the aerospace boom during the 1950s and 1960s, industry became the major contributor to the city's economy. Athens was the first city to be provided electricity by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1934.

Athens and nearby Attractions

  • Houston Library and Museum
  • Alabama Veterans Museum & Archives
  • Donnell House
  • Limestone Zoological Park and Exotic Wildlife Refuge
  • Point Mallard Waterpark
  • U.S. Space & Rocket Center

Things To Do In Athens

Some of the scenic spots in or near Athens include the George S. Houston Historic District, Athens State College Historic District, Christopher Park, Trinity Park, Fairview Park, Robert Beaty Historic District, and Fifth Avenue Park. Golfers can choose between the Athens Country Club and Golf Course, Woodland Golf Club and Chriswood Golf Course. The Athens Outlet Shopping Center, Roses Shopping Center, Athens Shopping Center, and Crutcher Shopping Center are the popular shopping malls in the Athens area. The city celebrates the Dogwood Festival, and the Athens Storytelling Festival every year.

Athens Transportation

Huntsville International Airport-Carl T Jones Field is nearby.

Athens Higher Education

Athens State University is located within the city of Athens. Nearby higher education institutes include the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Northwest Shoals Community College-Muscle Shoals, and John C Calhoun State Community College.

Demographics

People

Total Population24,735
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens17.7%
Employed Population 16+10,580
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married46.5%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher27%
Median Earnings25+$33,494
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,463
Median Earnings With High School Degree$25,201

Wealth

Median Family Income$64,146
% Above Poverty Level83.2%
% Below Poverty Level16.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time23 minutes
% Working from Home2.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.6%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone32.8%
Median Gross Rent$613
Median House Value$143,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)37.3%
English11%
Irish8.3%
Scottish2.2%
French Except Basque1.8%
Dutch0.7%
Polish0.5%
Italian0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
Greek0.4%
Swiss0.4%
Welsh0.3%
Swedish0.3%
African0.3%
Ukrainian0.3%
Romanian0.2%
Czech0.2%
Lithuanian0.2%
Slovak0.1%
Kenyan0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Iranian0.1%
German0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Austrian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
Australian0.1%
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Athens Almanac

CategoryValue
County Limestone County
Standard Zip Codes35611, 35613, 35614
P.O. Box Zip Codes35612
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.78
Approximate Longitude-86.95

Athens Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationATHENS 2
Distance0.7 miles
Jan Temp28 to 48 F
Apr Temp47 to 71 F
Jul Temp67 to 90 F
Oct Temp47 to 73 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
StationHUNTSVILLE INTL AP
Distance15 miles
Jan Temp31 to 49 F
Apr Temp48 to 72 F
Jul Temp70 to 89 F
Oct Temp50 to 73 F
Annual Precip57.5 inches
StationSAINT BERNARD
Distance44.9 miles
Jan Temp29 to 52 F
Apr Temp45 to 75 F
Jul Temp66 to 91 F
Oct Temp46 to 76 F
Annual Precip59.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Ardmore1,490$44,688
Decatur54,844$57,503
Elkmont446$61,250
Hillsboro612$35,208
Madison47,079$117,265
Trinity2,068$91,058

Athens Public Libraries

Athens - Limestone Public Library
603 JEFFERSON STREET
Athens, Alabama
(256) 232-1233

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Athens Hospitals

Athens Limestone Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
700 West Market Street
(256) 233-9118

Athens Public Schools

Athens Elem Sch
515 N Madison St
ZIP: 35611
Primary
Total Enrollment 402
Athens High Sch
100 Highway 31 N
ZIP: 35611
High
Total Enrollment 961
Athens Intermediate Sch
1916 Us Hwy 72 W.
ZIP: 35611
Middle
Total Enrollment 475
Athens Middle Sch
601 S Clinton St
ZIP: 35611
Middle
Total Enrollment 557
Blue Springs Elem Sch
16787 Hardy Road
ZIP: 35611
Primary
Total Enrollment 456
Brookhill Elem Sch
320 Brookhill Dr
ZIP: 35611
Primary
Total Enrollment 346
Clements High Sch
7730 Highway 72 W
ZIP: 35611
Other
Total Enrollment 590
James L Cowart Elem Sch
1701 W Hobbs St
ZIP: 35611
Primary
Total Enrollment 287
Julian Newman Elem Sch
517 Julian Newman Dr
ZIP: 35611
Primary
Total Enrollment 392
Limestone Co Area Voc Tech
505 E Sanderfer Rd
ZIP: 35611
High
East Limestone High Sch
15641 E Limestone Rd
ZIP: 35613
Other
Total Enrollment 1247
Johnson Elem Sch
21360 Hwy 251
ZIP: 35613
Primary
Total Enrollment 308
Owens Elem Sch
21465 Al Highway 99
ZIP: 35614
Primary
Total Enrollment 451
Piney Chapel Elem Sch
20835 Elkton Rd
ZIP: 35614
Primary
Total Enrollment 209

Athens Private Schools

Athens Bible School
507 Hoffman St
ZIP: 35611
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 330
Lindsay Lane Christian Academy
1300 Lindsay Ln S
ZIP: 35613
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 282
Temple Christian Academy
25820 Nick Davis Rd
ZIP: 35613
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 7
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