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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.

People

Total Population23,938
Male Share of the Population47.6%
Female Share of the Population52.4%
Senior Citizens16.6%
Employed Population 16+10,235
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married49.6%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.6%
Median Earnings25+$32,051
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,722
Median Earnings With High School Degree$23,948

Wealth

Median Family Income$57,017
% Above Poverty Level87%
% Below Poverty Level13%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time25 minutes
% Working from Home1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone32.3%
Median Gross Rent$610
Median House Value$135,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)33.6%
US/American0%
English12.1%
Irish8.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Athens Almanac

CategoryValue
Nearest Medium City 13 miles N of Decatur, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City94 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
CountyLimestone
Metro AreaHuntsville
Standard Zip Codes35611, 35613, 35614
P.O. Box Zip Codes35612
Phone Area Codes256
Time ZoneCentral (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight SavingsThe city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude34.802
Longitude-86.971

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
Ardmore1,419$43,056
Decatur55,598$54,297
Elkmont430$61,964
Hillsboro562$46,450
Madison45,590$111,688
Trinity2,239$84,773

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Athens Public Libraries

Library
Athens-limestone Public Library
405 EAST SOUTH STREET
Athens, Alabama
(256) 232-1233
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Athens Hospitals

ATHENS-LIMESTONE HOSPITAL
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
700 WEST MARKET STREET
(256) 233-9292
Emergency Service: Yes

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Athens High Schools

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CLEMENTS HIGH SCHOOL
7730 HIGHWAY 72 W
256-729-6564
Title I eligible, not participating.
Serves 1,088 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.2

EAST LIMESTONE HIGH SCHOOL
15641 E LIMESTONE RD
256-233-6660
Serves 891 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 20.5

ATHENS HIGH SCHOOL
100 HIGHWAY 31 N
256-233-6613
Serves 790 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15

LIMESTONE COUNTY AREA VOCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
505 E SANDERFER RD
256-233-6463
A Vocational School

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