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Overview

Introduction to Athens, Tennessee

Athens, Tennessee, in McMinn county, is 48 miles NE of Chattanooga, Tennessee and 117 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population13,651
Male Share of the Population46.3%
Female Share of the Population53.7%
Senior Citizens18.6%
Employed Population 16+4,890
Age of the Population39

Families

% of people married39.3%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher18.9%
Median Earnings25+$26,807
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,815
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,585

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,727
% Above Poverty Level71.1%
% Below Poverty Level28.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time19 minutes
% Working from Home3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.9%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone40.8%
Median Gross Rent$606
Median House Value$131,700

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.9%
German10.5%
English8.7%
Irish8.3%
French Except Basque1.9%
Scottish1.6%
Polish1.2%
Dutch1%
Italian0.9%
Swedish0.6%
Norwegian0.5%
Portuguese0.3%
African0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Australian0.2%
Arab0.1%
Welsh0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Russian0.1%
Guyanese0.1%
Czech0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
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Athens Almanac

CategoryValue
County McMinn County, Mcminn County
Standard Zip Codes37303
P.O. Box Zip Codes37371
Phone Area Codes423
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.45
Approximate Longitude-84.6

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
Distance0.9 miles
Jan Temp26 to 47 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
StationDAYTON 2 SE
Distance23 miles
Jan Temp27 to 46 F
Apr Temp44 to 70 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 70 F
Annual Precip58.2 inches
StationROCKWOOD 2
Distance28.8 miles
Jan Temp25 to 45 F
Apr Temp42 to 69 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip60.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Calhoun618$44,821
Decatur1,429$41,818
Englewood1,785$45,000
Etowah3,493$47,404
Niota1,071$44,653
Sweetwater5,877$42,839

Athens Public Libraries

E. G. Fisher Public Library
1289 INGLESIDE AVENUE
Athens, Tennessee
(423) 745-7782

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Athens Hospitals

Athens Regional Medical Center
(Proprietary)
1114 W Madison Ave
(423) 745-1411

Athens Public Schools

Athens City Middle School
200 Keith La
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-1177
Middle
Total Enrollment 524
City Park Elementary
203 Keith La
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-3862
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
E K Baker Elementary
1044 Co 172 Rd
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-2760
Primary
Total Enrollment 331
Ingleside Elementary
200 Guille St
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-3671
Primary
Total Enrollment 352
Mcminn High School
2215 Congress Pkwy
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-4142
High
Total Enrollment 1496
North City Elementary
1601 Palos St
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-4210
Primary
Total Enrollment 238
Rogers Creek Elementary
137 County 82 Rd
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-2123
Primary
Total Enrollment 357
Westside Elementary
700 Westside St
ZIP: 37303
(423) 745-4721
Primary
Total Enrollment 241

Athens Private Schools

Christ's Legacy Academy
964 County Road 180
ZIP: 37303
Elementary
Total Enrollment 55
Fairview Christian Academy
261 County Road 439
ZIP: 37303
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 112
Liberty Christian School
3328 Highway 11 S
ZIP: 37503
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 135
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