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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population12,796
Male Share of the Population48.3%
Female Share of the Population51.7%
Senior Citizens16.5%
Employed Population 16+4,692
Age of the Population34

Families

% of people married51.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher19.6%
Median Earnings25+$24,825
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,766
Median Earnings With High School Degree$17,008

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,694
% Above Poverty Level75%
% Below Poverty Level25%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time18 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work2.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone28%
Median Gross Rent$769
Median House Value$95,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)47.9%
German12.2%
Irish7.4%
English5.7%
French Except Basque2%
Brazilian1.8%
Italian1.5%
Scottish1.3%
Swedish1.1%
Czech0.8%
Welsh0.7%
Ukrainian0.7%
Polish0.5%
Norwegian0.4%
West Indian0.3%
Swiss0.3%
Latvian0.2%
Dutch0.2%
Russian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
Danishn0.1%
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Athens Almanac

CategoryValue
County Henderson County
Standard Zip Codes75751, 75752
Phone Area Codes430,903
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude32.2
Approximate Longitude-95.85

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
Distance2.9 miles
Jan Temp35 to 57 F
Apr Temp54 to 76 F
Jul Temp73 to 93 F
Oct Temp55 to 78 F
Annual Precip42 inches
StationKAUFMAN 3 SE
Distance34.7 miles
Jan Temp32 to 54 F
Apr Temp52 to 74 F
Jul Temp72 to 95 F
Oct Temp54 to 78 F
Annual Precip38.9 inches
StationWILLS POINT
Distance35.5 miles
Jan Temp31 to 52 F
Apr Temp50 to 74 F
Jul Temp70 to 93 F
Oct Temp53 to 77 F
Annual Precip43.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Brownsboro999$54,318
Eustace872$46,875

Athens Public Libraries

Henderson Cnty Clint W Murchison Memorial Library
121 S PRAIRIEVILLE ST
Athens, Texas
(903) 677-7295

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Athens Hospitals

East Texas Medical Center Athens
(Non-profit)
2000 South Palestine Street

Athens Public Schools

Athens Middle
6800 State Hwy 19 S
ZIP: 75751
(903) 677-3030
Middle
Total Enrollment 694
Bridges Center
104 Hawn St
ZIP: 75751
(903) 677-6900
Athens H S
708 E College St
ZIP: 75751
(903) 677-6920
High
Total Enrollment 969
Athens Int
307 Madole St
ZIP: 75751
(903) 677-6960
Middle
Total Enrollment 473
South Athens El
718 Robbins Rd
ZIP: 75751
(903) 677-6970
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
Bel Air El
215 Willowbrook Dr
ZIP: 75751
(903) 677-6980
Primary
Total Enrollment 592

Athens Private Schools

Athens Christian Preparatory Academy
1200 E Corsicana St
ZIP: 75751
Secondary
Total Enrollment 75
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