Athens, Alabama

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Population in 2017: 25,616 (87% urban, 13% rural).
Population change since 2000: +35.1%
 
Males: 12,556  (49.0%)
Females: 13,060  (51.0%)
Median resident age:

40.5 years
Alabama median age:

38.9 years

Zip codes: 35611, 35613, 35614, 35671, 35756.

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Estimated median household income in 2017: $50,439 (it was $33,980 in 2000)
Athens:

$50,439
AL:

$48,123

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $29,834 (it was $19,315 in 2000)

Athens city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $155,792 (it was $91,300 in 2000)
Athens:

$155,792
AL:

$141,300

Median gross rent in 2017: $590.

March 2019 cost of living index in Athens: 81.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 16.8%
(12.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.9% for Black residents, 44.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 7.3% for American Indian residents, 33.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 35.6% for other race residents, 42.9% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Athens, AL (2017)
    • 17,47470.3%White alone
    • 4,12716.6%Black alone
    • 2,0278.2%Hispanic
    • 5172.1%Two or more races
    • 4081.6%Asian alone
    • 2621.1%American Indian alone
    • 100.04%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Athens detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists, there were 126 registered sex offenders living in Athens, Alabama as of June 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Athens is 195 to 1.


Crime rates in Athens by year

Type

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(4.5)
1
(4.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.9)
1
(3.8)
3
(11.5)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
4
(17.1)
3
(12.4)
4
(16.0)
4
(18.2)
1
(4.4)
1
(4.2)
2
(8.2)
0
(0.0)
1
(3.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
19
(81.1)
18
(74.2)
12
(48.0)
18
(81.8)
14
(61.7)
11
(45.9)
4
(16.3)
9
(35.7)
16
(62.5)
12
(46.1)
8
(30.6)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
30
(128.0)
11
(45.3)
18
(72.0)
15
(68.2)
15
(66.1)
4
(16.7)
0
(0.0)
5
(19.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(7.6)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
141
(601.7)
132
(544.1)
129
(516.2)
144
(654.5)
166
(731.9)
116
(483.9)
82
(334.4)
77
(305.7)
90
(351.5)
86
(330.7)
110
(420.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
675
(2,881)
630
(2,597)
564
(2,257)
601
(2,732)
666
(2,936)
627
(2,616)
663
(2,704)
520
(2,064)
538
(2,101)
597
(2,296)
630
(2,407)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
33
(140.8)
40
(164.9)
24
(96.0)
26
(118.2)
18
(79.4)
12
(50.1)
6
(24.5)
8
(31.8)
8
(31.2)
12
(46.1)
28
(107.0)
Arson
(per 100,000)
N/AN/AN/A0
(0.0)
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)232.2196.4175.7226.3219.1162.9144.9121.2140.8140.2167.9

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City-data.com crime index in Athens, AL

Crime rate in Athens detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 59 (48 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.83
Alabama average:

2.17
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Ancestries: American (21.3%), English (9.9%), Irish (5.3%), German (4.1%), Scottish (2.4%), European (1.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1818

Elevation: 720 feet

Land area: 39.3 square miles.

Population density: 651 people per square mile   (low).

Athens, Alabama map

1,227 residents are foreign born (2.8% Latin America, 0.7% Europe).

This city:

4.8%
Alabama:

3.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $760 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $578 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Decatur, AL (14.5 miles , pop. 53,929).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Birmingham, AL (87.9 miles , pop. 242,820).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (489.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Elkmont, AL (3.1 miles ),
Mooresville, AL (3.5 miles),
Harvest, AL (3.6 miles ),
Salem, AL (3.7 miles ),
Madison, AL (3.7 miles ),
Decatur, AL (3.8 miles ),
Trinity, AL (3.8 miles ),
Ardmore, AL (3.9 miles )

Latitude: 34.79 N, Longitude: 86.97 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,890 (+11.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 5,695 (51.2%)

Area code: 256

Distribution of median household income in Athens, AL in 2017
Distribution of house value in Athens, AL in 2017
Athens satellite photo by USGS

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 120 buildings, average cost: $109,000
  • 1998: 132 buildings, average cost: $126,100
  • 1999: 161 buildings, average cost: $98,400
  • 2000: 102 buildings, average cost: $152,400
  • 2001: 103 buildings, average cost: $144,000
  • 2002: 90 buildings, average cost: $138,300
  • 2003: 97 buildings, average cost: $138,700
  • 2004: 152 buildings, average cost: $136,400
  • 2005: 281 buildings, average cost: $126,200
  • 2006: 219 buildings, average cost: $172,300
  • 2007: 136 buildings, average cost: $194,100
  • 2008: 106 buildings, average cost: $205,400
  • 2009: 81 buildings, average cost: $220,200
  • 2010: 130 buildings, average cost: $187,400
  • 2011: 93 buildings, average cost: $187,400
  • 2012: 82 buildings, average cost: $186,800
  • 2013: 83 buildings, average cost: $211,900
  • 2014: 80 buildings, average cost: $197,100
  • 2015: 104 buildings, average cost: $198,700
  • 2016: 111 buildings, average cost: $197,100
  • 2017: 159 buildings, average cost: $181,700
Number of permits per 10,000 Athens, AL residents
Average permit cost in Athens, AL
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.4%
Alabama:

3.8%
Historical population in Athens, AL
Historical housing units in Athens, AL

Population change in the 1990s: +1,658 (+9.6%).
Most common industries in Athens, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Educational services (9.6%)
  • Construction (7.9%)
  • Health care (6.8%)
  • Transportation equipment (6.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (5.6%)
  • Public administration (5.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.0%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (13.9%)
  • Transportation equipment (8.2%)
  • Educational services (4.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.8%)
  • Public administration (4.8%)
  • Food (4.4%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Educational services (15.0%)
  • Health care (11.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.2%)
  • Public administration (5.5%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (4.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.4%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (4.2%)
Most common occupations in Athens, AL (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (3.8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.0%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (6.5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.4%)
  • Engineers (4.2%)
  • Computer specialists (3.4%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (7.1%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Cashiers (5.1%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.2%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (3.8%)

Average climate in Athens, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Athens, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 65.8. This is about average.

City:

65.8
U.S.:

74.2
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2003 was 5.26. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.26
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2003 was 1.61. This is about average. Closest monitor was 1.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.61
U.S.:

1.79
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 29.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.6
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 8.25. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.25
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Athens-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 141% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 7.7 miles away from the Athens city center killed 16 people and injured 190 people.

On 4/3/1974, a category F5 tornado 15.6 miles away from the city center killed 28 people and injured 267 people.

Earthquake activity:

Athens-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Alabama state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 79.0 miles away from Athens center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 97.2 miles away from Athens center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 258.4 miles away from the city center
On 6/24/1975 at 11:11:36, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB) earthquake occurred 89.2 miles away from the city center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 198.6 miles away from Athens center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 201.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Limestone County (16) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 7, Hurricanes: 3, Winds: 3, Freezes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Athens topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Athens:

  • ATHENS-LIMESTONE HOSPITAL (Government - Hospital District or Authority, provides emergency services, 700 WEST MARKET STREET)
  • HOSPICE OF LIMESTONE COUNTY (405 SOUTH MARION P O BOX 626)
  • ATHENS REHABILITATION CENTER AND SENIOR CARE (611 WEST MARKET STREET)
  • LIMESTONE HEALTH FACILITY (1600 WEST HOBBS STREET)
  • ATHENS DIALYSIS (15953 ATHENS LIMESTONE DRIVE)
  • LIMESTONE COUNTY DIALYSIS (16236 LUCAS FERRY ROAD)
  • ATHENS-LIMESTONE HOMECARE (1428 FREEMAN AVENUE)
  • LIMESTONE COUNTY HOME CARE (20371 CLYDE MABRY DRIVE)

Heliports located in Athens:

Operable nuclear power plants near Athens:

  • 15 miles: Browns Ferry 1 and 2 in Decatur, AL.
  • 15 miles: Browns Ferry 3 in Decatur, AL.

College/University in Athens:

  • Athens State University (Full-time enrollment: 2,771; Location: 300 N Beaty St; Public; Website: www.athens.edu)

Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Athens:

  • John C Calhoun State Community College (about 10 miles; Tanner, AL; Full-time enrollment: 7,911)
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville (about 20 miles; Huntsville, AL; FT enrollment: 6,006)
  • Alabama A & M University (about 23 miles; Normal, AL; FT enrollment: 4,524)
  • Northwest-Shoals Community College (about 41 miles; Muscle Shoals, AL; FT enrollment: 2,702)
  • University of North Alabama (about 41 miles; Florence, AL; FT enrollment: 5,886)
  • George C Wallace State Community College-Hanceville (about 51 miles; Hanceville, AL; FT enrollment: 4,486)
  • Motlow State Community College (about 56 miles; Tullahoma, TN; FT enrollment: 2,915)

Public high schools in Athens:

  • ATHENS HIGH SCH (Students: 834, Location: 100 HIGHWAY 31 N, Grades: 9-12)
  • CLEMENTS HIGH SCH (Students: 1, Location: 7730 HIGHWAY 72 W, Grades: 6-12)
  • EAST LIMESTONE HIGH SCH (Students: 1, Location: 15641 E LIMESTONE RD, Grades: 6-12)
  • LIMESTONE CO AREA VOC TECH (Location: 505 E SANDERFER RD, Grades: 10-12)

Private high schools in Athens:

  • ATHENS BIBLE SCHOOL (Students: 330, Location: 507 HOFFMAN ST, Grades: KG-12)
  • LINDSAY LANE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 316, Location: 1300 LINDSAY LN S, Grades: PK-12)
  • TEMPLE CHRISTIAN ACADEMY (Students: 7, Location: 25820 NICK DAVIS RD, Grades: 4-12)

Biggest public elementary/middle schools in Athens:

See full list of schools located in Athens

Library in Athens:

  • ATHENS-LIMESTONE PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $461,191; Location: 405 EAST SOUTH STREET; 60,596 books; 34,812 e-books; 3,523 audio materials; 1,821 video materials; 81 state licensed databases; 50 print serial subscriptions)

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Faith Christian Academy is now K-4 through 12th grade with approximately 230 students enrolled for the 2005-2006 school year

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Athens: Athens Country Club and Golf Course (A), Athens Industrial Park (B), Breeding Industrial Park (C), Elm Industrial Park (D), Woodland Golf Club (E), Houston Memorial Library (F), Athens Public Library (G), Limestone County Courthouse (H), Strain and Sons Nursery (I), Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives (J), Athens Fire and Rescue Station 3 (K), Athens Fire and Rescue Station 1 (L), Athens Fire and Rescue Station 2 (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Athens Outlet Shopping Center (1), Athens Shopping Center (2), Crutcher Shopping Center (3), Roses Shopping Center (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Athens include: New Hope Baptist Church (A), Pleasant Grove Church (B), Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church (C), Cambridge Methodist Church (D), First Union Baptist Church (E), West Highland Baptist Church (F), Market Street Church of Christ (G), Lucas Street Church of Christ (H), James Chapel Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Johnson Cemetery (1), Morris Cemetery (2), Roselawn Cemetery (3), West Cemetery (4), Wiggins Cemetery (5), Cambridge Church Cemetery (6), Burrell Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Anderson Pond (A), Braly Lake (B), Thomas Pond (C), Montgomery Lake (D), Lake Ida (E), Hatfield Lake (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Johnson Branch (A), Muddy Creek (B), French Mill Creek (C), Collier Branch (D), Town Creek (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Athens include: Athens State College Historic District (1), George S Houston Historic District (2), Robert Beaty Historic District (3), Fairview Park (4), Athens-Limestone Park (5), Athens Recreational Center (6), Athens Stadium (7), Big Spring Park (8), Christopher Park (9). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attractions: Alabama Veteran's Museum & Archives (100 West Pryor Street) (1), Donnell House (Cultural Attractions- Events- & Facilities; 601 North Clinton Street) (2), Wayne's Amusement CO (Amusement & Theme Parks; 707 Hatfield Lake Road) (3), Cook Travel Of Athens- LLC (Tours & Charters; 1100 South Jefferson Street) (4). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Hotels: Comfort Inn Athens (1218 Kelli Drive) (1), Best Western Inn (Highway 72) (2), Travelodge Athens (1325 Us Highway 72 East) (3), Super 8 Motel (1325 US Highway 72 East) (4), Budget Inn (606 US Highway 31 South) (5), Country Hearth Inn (1500 Us Highway 72 E) (6), Athens Travelodge (1325 Hwy 72 East) (7), Mark Motel (202 US Highway 31 South) (8), Days Inn (1322 US Highway 72 East) (9). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Court: Athens City - Court Clerk-Municipal (Municipal Building) (1). Display/hide its approximate location on the map

Birthplace of: P. O. Davis - Educator, Woody Abernathy (outfielder) - Baseball player, Rolando McClain - College football player, Edmund Pettus - Confederate Army general, Michael Boley - 2005 NFL player (Atlanta Falcons, born: Aug 24, 1982), Patti J. Malone - Musician, Roger Murrah - Country songwriter, Wally Bullington - Football player and coach, Andy Nelson (American football) - Football player, Keith Askins - Basketball player-coach.

Limestone County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Athens and their reported violations in the past:

LIMESTONE COUNTY WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 58,500, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Average - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Intentional no-action (JUL-20-2011), St Compliance achieved (MAY-10-2012)
ATHENS UTILITIES (Population served: 27,534, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JAN-2008, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (FEB-22-2008), St Violation/Reminder Notice (FEB-22-2008), St Public Notif received (APR-02-2008), St Compliance achieved (AUG-10-2008)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
Average household size:
This city:

2.4 people
Alabama:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

65.1%
Whole state:

67.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

4.1%
Whole state:

4.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

People in group quarters in Athens in 2010:

  • 283 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 234 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 10 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Athens in 2000:

  • 336 people in nursing homes
  • 185 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 47 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 23 people in homes for the mentally ill

Banks with most branches in Athens (2011 data):

  • Regions Bank: West Green Street Branch, East Athens Branch, Hobbs Street Rdt Branch. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • RELIANCE BANK: Drive-Up Branch, Reliance Bank, Hwy 72 E Branch. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $144.7 mil, Deposits: $110.8 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 5 total offices, Holding Company: Rb Bancorporation
  • Compass Bank: Athens Main Branch at 105 West Green Street, branch established on 1892/01/01; Athens East Branch at 1003 Highway 72 East, branch established on 1997/03/10. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $63,107.0 mil, Deposits: $46,232.4 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 720 total offices, Holding Company: Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria, S.A.
  • Bank Independent: Athens Branch at 101 South Clinton Street, branch established on 1983/03/01; Athens East Branch at 22015 Highway 72 East, branch established on 2008/05/12. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $1,041.1 mil, Deposits: $871.4 mil, headquarters in Sheffield, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 28 total offices, Holding Company: Bancindependent Incorporated
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Athens Branch at 1044 Highway 72 East, branch established on 1990/12/28; Athens Downtown Branch at 309 West Washington Street, branch established on 1994/01/10. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • Cadence Bank, N.A.: Athens Branch at 1319 Us Highway 72 East, branch established on 2006/10/31. Info updated 2011/12/14: Bank assets: $3,909.7 mil, Deposits: $3,124.0 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 112 total offices, Holding Company: Cadence Bancorp Llc
  • Citizens Bank & Trust: Athens Branch at 1260 Us Highway 72 E, Ste H, branch established on 2008/10/27. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $286.8 mil, Deposits: $241.1 mil, headquarters in Guntersville, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices, Holding Company: Citizens B & T Holdings, Inc.
  • Woodforest National Bank: Al Athens Branch at 1011 U.S. Hwy 72 East, branch established on 2009/11/07. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • First National Bank of Pulaski: Athens Branch at 1880 Hwy 72 East, branch established on 2008/04/21. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $634.9 mil, Deposits: $559.7 mil, headquarters in Pulaski, TN, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 12 total offices, Holding Company: First Pulaski National Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Athens:

Marital status in Athens, AL
  • Never married: 31.6%
  • Now married: 48.1%
  • Separated: 3.4%
  • Widowed: 7.0%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

For population 25 years and over in Athens:

  • High school or higher: 83.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 7.8%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.3 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

12.4
Alabama average:

11.5

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Athens
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Athens, AL (based on Limestone County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant33,582122
Mainline Protestant4,89925
Catholic2,4621
Other1,2094
Black Protestant86614
None39,764-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Here:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Limestone County:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 5
Limestone County:

0.68 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 45
Limestone County:

6.09 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.32 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 33
Limestone County:

4.47 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Limestone County:

9.8%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Limestone County:

27.7%
State:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Limestone County:

23.1%
Alabama:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Athens:

47.8%
Alabama:

48.5%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Athens:

43.5%
State:

44.8%

Average BMI:
This city:

29.0
State:

29.0

People feeling badly about themselves:
Athens:

21.5%
Alabama:

21.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Athens:

12.2%
Alabama:

11.2%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Athens:

6.8
Alabama:

6.8

Overweight people:
This city:

34.3%
Alabama:

34.4%

General health condition:
This city:

53.4%
Alabama:

54.7%

Average condition of hearing:
Athens:

77.6%
Alabama:

79.1%

More about Health and Nutrition of Athens, AL Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Electric Power 78$337,789$51,96810$29,618
Police Protection - Officers 50$205,379$49,2911$3,454
Firefighters 36$100,659$33,5530$0
Other Government Administration 28$103,507$44,3600$0
Water Supply 26$102,023$47,0884$6,200
Parks and Recreation 24$81,862$40,93121$30,167
Streets and Highways 23$76,654$39,9935$11,895
Gas Supply 22$96,578$52,6793$7,854
Solid Waste Management 20$65,678$39,4070$0
Sewerage 16$72,095$54,0710$0
Financial Administration 15$71,021$56,8170$0
Police - Other 8$27,827$41,7419$18,549
Other and Unallocable 8$40,831$61,2470$0
Fire - Other 4$18,498$55,4940$0
Judicial and Legal 4$14,125$42,3750$0
Totals for Government 362$1,414,526$46,89053$107,737

Athens government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $101,982,000 ($3981.18)
    Gas Utilities: $9,781,000 ($381.83)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,450,000 ($329.87)
    Solid Waste Management: $5,960,000 ($232.67)
    Sewerage: $5,298,000 ($206.82)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $4,863,000 ($189.84)
    Water Utilities: $4,184,000 ($163.34)
    General - Other: $3,079,000 ($120.20)
    Parks and Recreation: $2,233,000 ($87.17)
    Financial Administration: $2,057,000 ($80.30)
    Regular Highways: $646,000 ($25.22)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $4,509,000 ($176.02)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $17,607,000 ($687.34)

Athens government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $4,576,000 ($178.64)
    Solid Waste Management: $3,756,000 ($146.63)
    Parks and Recreation: $251,000 ($9.80)
    Other: $236,000 ($9.21)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $177,000 ($6.91)
    Parking Facilities: $2,000 ($0.08)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Sewerage: $299,000 ($11.67)
    Housing and Community Development: $284,000 ($11.09)
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,582,000 ($61.76)
  • Miscellaneous - Sale of Property: $2,954,000 ($115.32)
    Donations From Private Sources: $824,000 ($32.17)
    Fines and Forfeits: $343,000 ($13.39)
    Interest Earnings: $92,000 ($3.59)
    Rents: $39,000 ($1.52)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $103,219,000 ($4029.47)
    Gas Utilities: $12,847,000 ($501.52)
    Water Utilities: $5,379,000 ($209.99)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $311,000 ($12.14)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $13,297,000 ($519.09)
    Property: $2,468,000 ($96.35)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,740,000 ($67.93)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $650,000 ($25.37)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $494,000 ($19.28)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $349,000 ($13.62)
    Motor Vehicle License: $179,000 ($6.99)
    Alcoholic Beverage License: $35,000 ($1.37)

Athens government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $118,852,000 ($4639.76)
    Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $112,706,000 ($4399.83)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,660,000 ($494.22)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $6,515,000 ($254.33)

Athens government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,145,000 ($239.89)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $48,063,000 ($1876.29)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $7,023,000 ($274.16)

7.16% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($59,007 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.16%
Alabama average:

5.95%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Madison County, AL  2.75% ($62,168 average AGI)
from Morgan County, AL  0.63% ($51,596)
from Lauderdale County, AL  0.27% ($43,941)


5.91% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($52,611 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.91%
Alabama average:

5.97%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Madison County, AL  2.32% ($53,079 average AGI)
to Morgan County, AL  0.45% ($35,239)
to Lauderdale County, AL  0.24% ($49,747)
Businesses in Athens, AL
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's2
Advance Auto Parts2Nike1
Applebee's1Papa John's Pizza1
Arby's1Penske1
AutoZone1Pizza Hut2
Best Western1Publix Super Markets1
Blockbuster1Quality1
Burger King2Quiznos1
CVS1RadioShack1
Chevrolet1Ruby Tuesday1
Chick-Fil-A1Rue211
Cracker Barrel1SAS Shoes1
DHL1SONIC Drive-In1
Days Inn1Sears1
Domino's Pizza1Sleep Inn1
FedEx3Sprint Nextel1
Ford1Staples1
GameStop1Starbucks1
Goodwill5Subway3
H&R Block1Super 81
Hardee's2T-Mobile3
Hilton1Taco Bell1
Holiday Inn1U-Haul4
KFC1UPS4
Kmart1Waffle House1
Lane Furniture2Walgreens1
Little Caesars Pizza1Walmart1
Lowe's1Wendy's1
Maurices1

Strongest AM radio stations in Athens:

  • WVNN (770 AM; 10 kW; ATHENS, AL; Owner: ATHENS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKAC (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; ATHENS, AL; Owner: LIMESTONE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WLOR (1550 AM; 50 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WDJL (1000 AM; daytime; 10 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: JAMES K. SHARP DBA 5TH AVE BROADCASTING)
  • WBXR (1140 AM; daytime; 15 kW; HAZEL GREEN, AL; Owner: LOW COUNTRY CORPORATION, INC.)
  • WEUP (1600 AM; 10 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: HUNDLEY BATTS, SR. & VIRGINIA CAPLES)
  • WEUV (1700 AM; 10 kW; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: HUNDLEY BATTS, SR & VIRGINIA CAPLES)
  • WYAM (890 AM; daytime; 3 kW; HARTSELLE, AL; Owner: DECATUR COMMUNICATIONS PROPERTIES, LLC)
  • WZNN (620 AM; 5 kW; LEXINGTON, AL; Owner: MANUEL HUERTA)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WSLV (1110 AM; daytime; 3 kW; ARDMORE, TN; Owner: B & E BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDJC (850 AM; 50 kW; BIRMINGHAM, AL; Owner: KIMTRON, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Athens:

  • W261CL (100.1 FM; ATHENS, AL; Owner: TENNESSEE VALLEY RADIO, INC.)
  • WZYP (104.3 FM; ATHENS, AL; Owner: ATHENS BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W278AA (103.5 FM; MADISON, AL; Owner: TENNESSEE VALLEY RADIO, INC.)
  • WAHR (99.1 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • WDRM (102.1 FM; DECATUR, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WWXQ (92.5 FM; TRINITY, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W238AD (95.5 FM; TRINITY, AL; Owner: PRESS W. PARHAM)
  • WAYH (88.1 FM; HARVEST, AL; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • W289AC (105.7 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: WILLIAM PAXTON ROGERS)
  • W222AK (92.3 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: PRESS W. PARHAM)
  • W251AC (98.1 FM; CHAPSHAW, AL; Owner: WILLIAM PAXTON ROGERS)
  • WYFD (91.7 FM; DECATUR, AL; Owner: BIBLE BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WXQW (94.1 FM; MERIDIANVILLE, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W293AH (106.5 FM; NORMAL, AL; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRTT-FM (95.1 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: BCA RADIO, LLC)
  • W249BB (97.7 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • W275AA (102.9 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: ARCHIE C. BOBO, PERSONAL REP. OF DORSEY E. NEWMAN ESTATE)
  • W300AH (107.9 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: PORTER L. BATTS)
  • W202BV (88.3 FM; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • W295AE (106.9 FM; TRINITY, AL; Owner: BIG RIVER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

TV broadcast stations around Athens:

  • WTZT-LP (Channel 11; ATHENS, AL; Owner: WTZT-LP TELEVISION STATION, L.L.C.)
  • WZDX (Channel 54; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: HUNTSVILLE TELEVISION ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • WAAY-TV (Channel 31; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: PIEDMONT TELEVISION OF HUNTSVILLE LICENSE LLC)
  • WHNT-TV (Channel 19; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: NEW YORK TIMES MANAGEMENT SERVICES)
  • WHDF (Channel 15; FLORENCE, AL; Owner: VALLEY TELEVISION, LLC)
  • WYAM-LP (Channel 56; DECATUR, AL; Owner: DECATUR COMMUNICATION PROPERTIES, LLC)
  • W67CO (Channel 67; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W38BQ (Channel 38; HUNTSVILLE, AL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • W66DH (Channel 66; DECATUR, AL; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
Fatal accident count
See more detailed statistics of Athens fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 134Number of bridges
  • 1,165ft / 355mTotal length
  • $137,175,000Total costs
  • 827,769Total average daily traffic
  • 152,466Total average daily truck traffic
  • 843,939Total future (year 2027) average daily traffic
New bridges in Athens, AL - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11910-1919
  • 81920-1929
  • 51930-1939
  • 111940-1949
  • 291950-1959
  • 361960-1969
  • 111970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 141990-1999
  • 102000-2009
  • 72010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Athens, AL
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Athens)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 312 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Athens, AL)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 40 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 38 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 323 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Athens)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 42 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Athens)
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 5 full and 2 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED70$138,70472$114,101249$149,63826$22,96248$95,7994$21,793
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED7$161,2211$158,10022$153,7075$132,5703$149,0000$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED9$91,40912$89,39690$129,68513$32,8345$87,3423$21,700
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN7$151,31313$97,70363$142,7301$75,7302$91,4100$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS4$148,2485$92,04220$138,5952$163,5001$73,5300$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0205.00 , 0206.00, 0207.00, 0208.02, 0209.00, 0210.00, 0211.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 4 full and 2 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
B) Refinancings
C) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A & B)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED9$173,8609$206,9100$0
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED6$133,8756$208,1383$94,123
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$01$126,9300$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$192,1100$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS1$117,3800$01$117,380

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0205.00 , 0206.00, 0207.00, 0208.02, 0209.00, 0210.00, 0211.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Athens, AL
Conventional Home Purchase Loans in Athens, AL - Value

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fire incidents per year is 81. The highest number of fire incidents - 150 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2006. The data has a dropping trend.
    Fire incident types in Athens, AL When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Outside Fires (42.1%), and Structure Fires (30.7%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Athens, AL
    • 54642.1%Outside Fires
    • 39830.7%Structure Fires
    • 27921.5%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 755.8%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Athens, AL

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Athens, Alabama:

  • Best Western Athens Inn, 1329 Hwy 72 E, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 233-4030, Fax: (256) 233-4554
  • Welcome Inn, Hwy 31 S US Hwy 72, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-6944
  • Days Inn Athens, 1322 Hwy 72 E, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 867-4320, Fax: (256) 233-7500
  • Super 8, 1325 Hwy 72 E, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 233-1446, Fax: (256) 233-1454
  • Quality Inn, 1488 Thrasher Blvd, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-0030, Fax: (256) 233-7006
  • Comfort Inn, 1218 Kelli Dr, Athens, Alabama 35613 , Phone: (256) 232-2704, Fax: (256) 230-3783
  • Country Hearth Inn & Suites, 1500 Hwy 72 E & I-65, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-1520, Fax: (256) 233-8525
  • Sleep Inn-athens, 1115 Audubon Ln, Athens, Alabama 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-4700
  • 4 other hotels and motels
All 12 fire-safe hotels and motels in Athens, Alabama
Most common first names in Athens, AL among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James35673.2 years
William32372.8 years
John25973.5 years
Mary25878.3 years
Robert19272.3 years
George12474.0 years
Charles12269.0 years
Thomas11074.3 years
Willie9776.2 years
Annie7881.1 years
Most common last names in Athens, AL among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith18773.2 years
Johnson10975.0 years
Malone9974.1 years
Davis9974.7 years
Black9677.0 years
Adams8074.2 years
Moore7073.6 years
Jones6874.4 years
Carter6876.6 years
Williams6772.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Athens, AL
  • 75.5%Electricity
  • 21.9%Utility gas
  • 2.2%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used
  • 0.2%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Athens, AL
  • 81.9%Electricity
  • 16.5%Utility gas
  • 1.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Athens compared to Alabama state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher above state average.

Athens on our top lists:

  • #59 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people driving a car to work alone (population 5,000+)"
  • #4 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #81 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
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