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Overview

Introduction to Athens, Ohio

Athens, Ohio, in Athens county, is 64 miles SE of Columbus, Ohio.

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, five soccer fields, two miles of paved bike path, four tennis courts and two 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.

People

Total Population 24,220
Male Share of the Population 51.4%
Female Share of the Population 48.6%
Senior Citizens 5.1%
Employed Population 16+ 9,735
Age of the Population 22

Families

% of people married 14.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 62.2%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $62,734
% Above Poverty Level 43.1%
% Below Poverty Level 56.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 6.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 41.5%
% Using Public Transportation 1.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 44.7%
Median Gross Rent $741
Median House Value $167,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.2%
US/American 0.1%
English 7.5%
Irish 13.9%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station MC CONNELSVILLE LOCK 7
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
Station PARKERSBURG AP
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Albany 1,116 $43,359
Amesville 109 $58,750
Buchtel 567 $66,429
Chauncey 1,220 $32,826
Jacksonville 610 $48,333

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

Athens Hospitals

O BLENESS MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
55 HOSPITAL DRIVE
(740) 593-5551
Emergency Service: Yes

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