Athens, Alabama

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Population in 2013: 24,000 (87% urban, 13% rural). Population change since 2000: +26.5%
 
Males: 11,034  (46.0%)
Females: 12,966  (54.0%)
Median resident age:  39.2 years
Alabama median age:  43.1 years

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

Athens Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2012: $46,973 (it was $33,980 in 2000)
Athens:

$46,973
AL:

$41,574
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $28,234 (it was $19,315 in 2000)

Athens city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $149,547 (it was $91,300 in 2000)
Athens:

$149,547
AL:

$123,200
Mean prices in 2009: All housing units: $171,146; Detached houses: $172,166; Townhouses or other attached units: $233,364; In 2-unit structures: $217,090; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $116,661; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $44,606; Mobile homes: $46,321

Median gross rent in 2012: $584.

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  • White alone - 16,345 (70.0%)
  • Black alone - 4,170 (17.9%)
  • Hispanic - 2,186 (9.4%)
  • Two or more races - 397 (1.7%)
  • Asian alone - 95 (0.4%)
  • American Indian alone - 80 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 46 (0.2%)

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

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Athens: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: United States (19.5%), English (10.4%), Irish (9.9%), German (6.8%), Scotch-Irish (2.0%), Scottish (1.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1818

Elevation: 720 feet

Land area: 39.3 square miles.

Population density: 610 people per square mile   (low).

Athens,AL real estate house value index trend

Athens, Alabama map

For population 25 years and over in Athens:

  • High school or higher: 84.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 27.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 9.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Athens city:

  • Never married: 23.3%
  • Now married: 53.4%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 8.8%
  • Divorced: 11.5%

1,305 residents are foreign born

This city:  5.6%
Alabama:  3.5%



According to our research of Alabama and other state lists there were 118 registered sex offenders living in Athens, Alabama as of April 27, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Athens to the number of sex offenders is 199 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $576 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $480 (0.4%)

Athens satellite photo by USGS

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 ).

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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 34.79 N, Longitude: 86.97 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +2,813 (+12.0%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 5,282 (53.2%)

Area code: 256

Athens household income distribution Athens home values distribution

Crime rates in Athens by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 1020000011
per 100,000 4.80.010.50.00.00.00.00.04.54.4
Rapes 2310443441
per 100,000 9.715.85.20.020.017.112.416.018.24.4
Robberies 241510771918121814
per 100,000 116.278.852.335.735.081.174.248.081.861.7
Assaults 38910573011181515
per 100,000 183.947.352.325.535.0128.045.372.068.266.1
Burglaries 109771199778141132129144166
per 100,000 527.6404.4621.9494.6390.0601.7544.1516.2654.5731.9
Thefts 573518584546491675630564601666
per 100,000 2773.32720.43052.02784.02455.12880.72596.82257.02731.62936.4
Auto thefts 36343525313340242618
per 100,000 174.2178.6182.9127.5155.0140.8164.996.0118.279.4
Arson 2N/AN/A0N/AN/AN/AN/A0N/A
per 100,000 9.7N/AN/A0.0N/AN/AN/AN/A0.0N/A
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 298.5) 251.7197.8232.3172.6172.0233.0197.1176.3227.1219.9

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Athens detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 55 (45 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.98
Alabama average:

2.28
Unemployment in June 2014:
Here:

6.1%
Alabama:

7.1%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: +1,658 (+9.6%).
Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (22%)
  • Construction (15%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (9%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Health care and social assistance (6%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Educational services (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Engineers (4%)
  • Computer specialists (3%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)

Work and jobs in Athens: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Athens, Alabama

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Athens, Alabama average temperatures Athens, Alabama average precipitation Athens, Alabama humidity Athens, Alabama wind speed Athens, Alabama snowfall Athens, Alabama sunshine Athens, Alabama clear and cloudy days

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 the city 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 (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 6, Hurricanes: 3, Freezes: 2, Winds: 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

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.

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 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)
  • ATHENS REHABILITATION CENTER AND SENIOR CARE (611 WEST MARKET STREET)
  • LIMESTONE HEALTH FACILITY (1600 WEST HOBBS STREET)

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:

Private high school in Athens:

  • ATHENS BIBLE SCHOOL (Students: 349; Location: 507 HOFFMAN ST; Grades: KG - 12)

Public elementary/middle schools in Athens:

See full list of schools located in Athens, map of school districts: ATHENS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT, LIMESTONE COUNTY SCHOOL DISTRICT

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

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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 USHighway 72 East) (4), Budget Inn (606 USHighway 31 South) (5), Country Hearth Inn (1500 Us Highway 72 E) (6), Athens Travelodge (1325 Hwy 72 East) (7), Mark Motel (202 USHighway 31 South) (8), Days Inn (1322 USHighway 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

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

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2012 was 73.9. This is about average.

City:

73.9
U.S.:

74.2

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

City:

5.26
U.S.:

6.58

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.:

1.93

Ozone [ppb] level in 2012 was 29.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

29.6
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 14.2. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

14.2
U.S.:

20.2

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2012 was 8.90. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.90
U.S.:

9.14

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
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 13.3%
(9.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 16.2% for Black residents, 41.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 29.8% for other race residents, 13.9% for two or more races residents)
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

Athens, Alabama environmental map by EPA

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Athens compared to Alabama state average:

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

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) (Amended And
  • 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

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Athens, Alabama:

  • Best Western Athens Inn, 1329 Hwy 72 E, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 233-4030, Fax: (256) 233-4554
  • Welcome Inn, Hwy 31 S US Hwy 72, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-6944
  • Days Inn Athens, 1322 Hwy 72 E, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 233-7500, Fax: (256) 233-7500
  • Super 8, 1325 Hwy 72 E, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 233-1446, Fax: (256) 233-1454
  • Quality Inn, 1488 Thrasher Blvd, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-0030, Fax: (256) 233-7006
  • Comfort Inn, 1218 Kelli Dr, Athens, AL 35613 , Phone: (256) 232-2704, Fax: (256) 230-3783
  • Country Hearth Inn & Suites, 1500 Hwy 72 E & I-65, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-1520, Fax: (256) 233-8525
  • Sleep Inn-athens, 1115 Audubon Ln, Athens, AL 35611 , Phone: (256) 232-4700
  • 3 other hotels and motels
All 11 fire-safe hotels and motels in Athens, Alabama

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012

Athens travel time to work - commute Athens mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (75%)
  • Utility gas (22%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Athens city (based on Limestone County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.99%
Here: 53.0%
USA: 50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionChurches of ChristUnited Methodist ChurchCatholic Church USA National Primitive Baptist Convention
Adherents54.8%22.3%11.9%1.9%1.7%
Congregations25.9%37.8%15.4%0.7%4.2%
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Assemblies of GodLDS (Mormon) ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Other
Adherents1.7%1.2%0.9%0.5%3.0%
Congregations2.8%1.4%0.7%0.7%10.5%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 10
Limestone County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Alabama:

1.89 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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
Here:

4.47 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.8%
Alabama:

11.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Limestone County:

27.7%
Alabama:

31.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

23.1%
State:

13.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2013)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 15$69,431$55,5450$0
Other Government Administration 15$52,009$41,6070$0
Judicial and Legal 3$9,790$39,1600$0
Police Protection - Officers 45$160,559$42,8162$3,355
Police - Other 9$32,696$43,5958$3,200
Firefighters 39$123,882$38,1180$0
Fire - Other 2$10,300$61,8000$0
Streets and Highways 21$64,438$36,8220$0
Welfare 2$4,594$27,5641$899
Solid Waste Management 19$64,438$40,6980$0
Sewerage 18$70,385$46,9230$0
Parks and Recreation 23$71,399$37,2521$1,014
Water Supply 23$55,673$29,0470$0
Electric Power 89$351,898$47,4470$0
Gas Supply 20$84,024$50,4140$0
Other and Unallocable 6$19,961$39,9220$0
Totals for Government 349$1,245,477$42,82412$8,468

Athens government finances - Expenditure in 2006 (per resident):

  • Construction - Electric Utilities: $3,379,000 ($140.79)
    General - Other: $1,512,000 ($63.00)
    Water Utilities: $1,151,000 ($47.96)
    Gas Utilities: $1,098,000 ($45.75)
    Public Welfare - Other: $93,000 ($3.88)
    Parks and Recreation: $17,000 ($0.71)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $50,531,000 ($2105.46)
    Gas Utilities: $8,412,000 ($350.50)
    Police Protection: $2,915,000 ($121.46)
    Local Fire Protection: $2,288,000 ($95.33)
    Water Utilities: $2,183,000 ($90.96)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,873,000 ($78.04)
    Sewerage: $1,716,000 ($71.50)
    Regular Highways: $1,560,000 ($65.00)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,096,000 ($45.67)
    Central Staff Services: $685,000 ($28.54)
    General - Other: $388,000 ($16.17)
    Natural Resources - Other: $367,000 ($15.29)
    Health - Other: $274,000 ($11.42)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities, NEC: $217,000 ($9.04)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $178,000 ($7.42)
    Housing and Community Development: $156,000 ($6.50)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $155,000 ($6.46)
    Financial Administration: $150,000 ($6.25)
    Libraries: $107,000 ($4.46)
    Public Welfare - Other: $85,000 ($3.54)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $2,118,000 ($88.25)
  • Gas Utilities - Interest on Debt: $291,000 ($12.13)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,219,000 ($50.79)
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Elementary and Secondary Education: $3,607,000 ($150.29)
    General - Other: $29,000 ($1.21)
    Libraries: $23,000 ($0.96)
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $360,000 ($15.00)
    Water Utilities: $22,000 ($0.92)
    Parks and Recreation: $11,000 ($0.46)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $9,090,000 ($378.75)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $570,000 ($23.75)

Athens government finances - Revenue in 2006 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $2,730,000 ($113.75)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,838,000 ($76.58)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $64,000 ($2.67)
    Parks and Recreation: $50,000 ($2.08)
    All Other: $8,000 ($0.33)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $272,000 ($11.33)
    Public Welfare: $80,000 ($3.33)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $13,000 ($0.54)
    All Other: $8,000 ($0.33)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $746,000 ($31.08)
    General Revenue, NEC: $473,000 ($19.71)
    Fines and Forfeits: $255,000 ($10.63)
    Sale of Property: $122,000 ($5.08)
    Donations From Private Sources: $72,000 ($3.00)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $56,969,000 ($2373.71)
    Gas Utilities: $10,734,000 ($447.25)
    Water Utilities: $3,474,000 ($144.75)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $1,334,000 ($55.58)
    All Other: $560,000 ($23.33)
    Highways: $264,000 ($11.00)
    Housing and Community Development: $26,000 ($1.08)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $7,248,000 ($302.00)
    Property: $1,608,000 ($67.00)
    Occupation and Business License, NEC: $1,263,000 ($52.63)
    Other Selective Sales: $590,000 ($24.58)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $481,000 ($20.04)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $437,000 ($18.21)
    Motor Fuels Sales: $253,000 ($10.54)
    Motor Vehicle License: $161,000 ($6.71)

Athens government finances - Debt in 2006 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $81,004,000 ($3375.17)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $64,987,000 ($2707.79)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $27,555,000 ($1148.13)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $11,538,000 ($480.75)

Athens government finances - Cash and Securities in 2006 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $14,101,000 ($587.54)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $13,823,000 ($575.96)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,991,000 ($291.29)

7.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($48,759 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.99%
Alabama average:

6.02%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($538 average AGI)
Limestone County:

0.07%
Alabama average:

0.05%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Madison County, AL  3.12% ($51,914 average AGI)
from Morgan County, AL  0.69% ($35,522)
from Lauderdale County, AL  0.31% ($40,228)


5.69% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($40,337 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.69%
Alabama average:

6.06%

0.05% of residents moved to foreign countries ($459 average AGI)
Limestone County:

0.05%
Alabama average:

0.06%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Madison County, AL  1.83% ($39,638 average AGI)
to Morgan County, AL  0.47% ($29,993)
to Lauderdale County, AL  0.25% ($38,639)

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 (per 100,000 population)

See more detailed statistics of Athens fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 59
Total length: 228 meters (748ft)
Total costs: $95,181,000
Total average daily traffic: 448,414
Total average daily truck traffic: 90,229

New bridges - Historical Statistics

  • 1910-1919: 1
  • 1920-1929: 2
  • 1930-1939: 4
  • 1940-1949: 2
  • 1950-1959: 12
  • 1960-1969: 20
  • 1970-1979: 7
  • 1980-1989: 3
  • 1990-1999: 5
  • 2000-2009: 3
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: 232 (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: 29 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 28 (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: 271 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Athens)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 45 (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

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

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
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

Athens on our top lists:

  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Furniture and related products (population 5,000+)"
  • #64 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Sales and related occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Retail sales workers except cashiers (population 5,000+)"
  • #92 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (population 5,000+)"
  • #99 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most bridges per 100,000 population (pop 5,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Architecture and engineering occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Transportation equipment (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 (35614) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of European first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest number of people moving in compared to moving out (pop. 50,000+)"
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  • Charles A. Abare (2)
  • Benjamin F. Harbin, Iii (2)
  • Scott Michael Gelber (1)
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Total of 48 patent applications in 2008-2015.



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