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Population in 2010: 1,019. Population change since 2000: +20.3%
Males: 517  (50.7%)
Females: 502  (49.3%)

Median resident age:  40.4 years
Maine median age:  43.0 years

Zip codes: 04912.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $29,832 (it was $24,813 in 2000)
Athens:

$29,832
ME:

$46,709
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,417

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Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $85,624 (it was $53,200 in 2000)
Athens:

$85,624
ME:

$172,300
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $132,020; Detached houses: $153,266; Townhouses or other attached units: $178,156; Mobile homes: $56,432

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Athens races chart
  • White alone - 989 (97.1%)
  • Two or more races - 11 (1.1%)
  • American Indian alone - 9 (0.9%)
  • Hispanic - 6 (0.6%)
  • Black alone - 2 (0.2%)
  • Asian alone - 1 (0.10%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.10%)

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


Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Athens: 157.6 (very high, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: English (20.2%), Irish (17.4%), French (9.9%), United States (8.0%), Italian (6.1%), Scottish (5.3%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated on 03/07/1804

Elevation: 344 feet

Land area: 43.5 square miles.

Population density: 23 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Athens:

  • High school or higher: 74.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.1%
  • Unemployed: 7.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Athens town:

  • Never married: 22.9%
  • Now married: 54.9%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 8.0%
  • Divorced: 11.2%

18 residents are foreign born (1.9% Europe, 0.2% Latin America).

This town:  2.1%
Maine:  3.3%



According to our research of Maine and other state lists there were 5 registered sex offenders living in Athens, Maine as of December 20, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Athens to the number of sex offenders is 166 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Athens town:  0.9% ($497)
Maine:  1.5% ($1,417)
Athens satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Portland, ME (94.0 miles , pop. 64,249).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Boston, MA (195.5 miles , pop. 589,141).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: New York, NY (364.7 miles , pop. 8,008,278).

Nearest cities: Harmony, ME (2.4 miles ), Cornville, ME (2.6 miles ), Solon, ME (2.8 miles ), Wellington, ME (3.1 miles ), Hartland, ME (3.3 miles ), Cambridge, ME (3.4 miles ), Skowhegan, ME (3.6 miles ), St. Albans, ME (3.6 miles ).

Latitude: 44.95 N, Longitude: 69.65 W

Area code: 207

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

11.8%
Maine:

6.6%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (13%)
  • Leather and allied products (11%)
  • Repair and maintenance (7%)
  • Health care (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (33%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Leather and allied products (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Wood products (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Carpenters (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Construction laborers (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (4%)
  • Registered nurses (12%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (8%)
  • Financial clerks except bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (7%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)

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Tornado activity:

Athens-area historical tornado activity is above Maine state average. It is 78% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/20/1962, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 5.7 miles away from the Athens town center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

On 8/9/2000, a category F2 tornado 8.3 miles away from the town center .

Earthquake activity:

Athens-area historical earthquake activity is near Maine state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 10/3/2006 at 00:07:38, a magnitude 4.3 (3.8 MB, 3.8 MW, 4.3 LG, Depth: 4.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 85.0 miles away from the city center
On 2/26/1999 at 03:38:43, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 2.0 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 33.1 miles away from Athens center
On 1/17/2000 at 08:16:20, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 10.1 mi) earthquake occurred 46.8 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1996 at 07:54:14, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 99.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/3/2000 at 21:05:50, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, 3.4 LG, Depth: 6.0 mi) earthquake occurred 51.1 miles away from Athens center
On 9/16/1994 at 04:22:42, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 73.9 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Somerset County (22) is a lot greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 7

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 12, Floods: 11, Snows: 4, Snows: 3, Heavy Rains: 2, Floods: 2, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospital/medical center in Athens:

  • ATHENS GROUP HOME (Hospital, RT 1 BOX 4640)

Other hospitals/medical centers near Athens:

  • SANFIELD REHAB AND LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; HARTLAND, ME)
  • SOMERSET REHABILITATION AND LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; BINGHAM, ME)
  • WOODLAWN REHABILITATION AND NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; SKOWHEGAN, ME)

Political contributions by individuals in Athens, ME

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Athens:

  • University of Maine at Farmington (about 32 miles; Farmington, ME; Full-time enrollment: 2,074)
  • Husson University (about 43 miles; Bangor, ME; FT enrollment: 2,107)
  • University of Maine (about 49 miles; Orono, ME; FT enrollment: 9,235)
  • Southern Maine Community College (about 95 miles; South Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 2,993)
  • University of Southern Maine (about 95 miles; Portland, ME; FT enrollment: 5,629)
  • University of New England (about 110 miles; Biddeford, ME; FT enrollment: 3,850)
  • Plymouth State University (about 131 miles; Plymouth, NH; FT enrollment: 4,634)

Public elementary/middle school in Athens:

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Notable locations in Athens: Athens Volunteer Fire Department (A), Somerset Academy Community Center (B), Athens Historical Society Museum (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Lords Hill Cemetery (1), Dore Hill Cemetery (2), Athens Cemetery (3), Mount Rest Cemetery (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Tuttle Brook (A), West Branch Wesserunsett Stream (B), Magoon Brook (C), East Branch Wesserunsett Stream (D), Corson Brook (E), Bog Brook (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 34.8. This is about average.
City:

34.8
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.2. This is about average. There were 11 monitors within city limits.
City:

10.2
U.S.:

9.6
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 3.88. This is significantly worse than average. There were 7 monitors within city limits.
City:

3.88
U.S.:

2.43
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 4.26. This is significantly better than average. There were 4 monitors within city limits.
City:

4.26
U.S.:

9.39
Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2009 was 0.439. This is worse than average. There were 1 monitors within city limits.
City:

0.439
U.S.:

0.334

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

TISSUES COUNTRY ESTATE (Population served: 31, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations

Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
Maine:  2.3 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  69.1%
Whole state:  62.9%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  12.3%
Whole state:  9.4%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.5% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

22.9%
Whole state:

10.9%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This town:

11.0%
Whole state:

4.1%

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Athens, ME

17 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities in 2010
3 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010
19 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000
5 people in other group homes in 2000

Athens compared to Maine state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students significantly below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Banks with branches in Athens (2011 data):

  • Skowhegan Savings Bank: Athens Elementary School Branch at Elm Street, branch established on 1997/12/23. Info updated 2010/09/29: Bank assets: $448.1 mil, Deposits: $311.2 mil, headquarters in Skowhegan, ME, positive income, Mortgage Lending Specialization, 13 total offices

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000



Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (70%)
  • Wood (20%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8%)
  • Utility gas (1%)
  • Electricity (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Athens town (based on Somerset County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 29.86%
Here29.9%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchUnited Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAChurch of the NazareneNational Association of Congregational Christian Churches
Adherents59.4%7.5%7.1%4.4%3.7%
Congregations12.5%12.5%9.4%7.8%9.4%
NameAssemblies of GodSeventh-Day Adventist ChurchUnited Church of ChristLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents3.3%2.5%2.3%2.1%7.8%
Congregations6.3%3.1%6.3%1.6%31.3%
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: 13
Somerset County:

2.52 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 14
Somerset County:

2.71 / 10,000 pop.
Maine:

2.20 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Somerset County:

9.31 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 42
Here:

8.14 / 10,000 pop.
State:

11.02 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.2%
Maine:

8.2%
Adult obesity rate:
Somerset County:

31.7%
Maine:

25.0%

7.04% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,924 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.04%
Maine average:

6.39%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Kennebec County, ME  2.09% ($29,363 average AGI)
from Penobscot County, ME  0.92% ($25,090)
from Franklin County, ME  0.30% ($36,655)


6.50% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,094 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.50%
Maine average:

6.44%

0.06% of residents moved to foreign countries ($151 average AGI)
Somerset County:

0.06%
Maine average:

0.07%


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Kennebec County, ME  2.00% ($26,873 average AGI)
to Penobscot County, ME  1.04% ($27,144)
to Cumberland County, ME  0.26% ($26,426)

Strongest AM radio stations in Athens:

  • WSKW (1160 AM; 10 kW; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INCORPORATED)
  • WTME (780 AM; 10 kW; RUMFORD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WZON (620 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: THE ZONE CORPORATION)
  • WABI (910 AM; 5 kW; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WRKO (680 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFAU (1280 AM; 5 kW; GARDINER, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WEEI (850 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: ENTERCOM BOSTON LICENSE, LLC)
  • WCHP (760 AM; 35 kW; CHAMPLAIN, NY; Owner: CHAMPLAIN RADIO, INC.)
  • WBZ (1030 AM; 50 kW; BOSTON, MA; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WCRN (830 AM; 50 kW; WORCESTER, MA; Owner: CARTER BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNNZ (640 AM; 50 kW; WESTFIELD, MA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMTW (870 AM; 10 kW; GORHAM, ME; Owner: RADIO PARTNERS OF MAINE, L.P.)
  • WKOX (1200 AM; 50 kW; FRAMINGHAM, MA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Athens:

  • WTOS-FM (105.1 FM; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQCB (106.5 FM; BREWER, ME; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WHQO (107.9 FM; SKOWHEGAN, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INC.)
  • WGUY (102.1 FM; DEXTER, ME; Owner: CONCORD MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WWBX (97.1 FM; BANGOR, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCTB (93.5 FM; FAIRFIELD, ME; Owner: MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INC.)
  • WJCX (99.5 FM; PITTSFIELD, ME; Owner: CSN INTERNATIONAL)
  • WVOM (103.9 FM; HOWLAND, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBFB (104.7 FM; BELFAST, ME; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WWWA (95.3 FM; WINSLOW, ME; Owner: LIGHT OF LIFE MINISTRIES, INC.)
  • WIGY (97.5 FM; MADISON, ME; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

Athens fatal accident list:

Jul 2, 1995 01:30 AM, 151, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Sep 4, 1985 07:30 PM, 61576158, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
Jan 1, 1979 12:34 AM, Vehicles: 2, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
Jun 23, 1977 08:00 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 9
Total length: 9 meters (30ft)
Total costs: $1,160,000
Total average daily traffic: 10,980
Total average daily truck traffic: 847
Total future (year 2031) average daily traffic: 15,682

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Athens)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

18 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

4
  • Main St (Lat: 44.924222 Lon: -69.679222), Call Sign: KNFA384
    Assigned Frequencies: 154.235 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/19/2012, Expiration Date: 04/14/2022
    Registrant: Yankee Communications, 56 Albion Road, Benton, ME 04901, Phone: (207) 453-2000, Fax: (866) 536-5243, Email:
  • On Stickney Hill 1 Mi N Of Rt 150 (Lat: 44.972833 Lon: -69.653667), Call Sign: KCC578, Licensee ID: L00015362
    Assigned Frequencies: 47.2200 MHz, 47.3400 MHz
    Grant Date: 04/23/2004, Expiration Date: 07/07/2014
    Registrant: State Of Maine, State House Station 16, Augusta, ME 04333, Phone: (207) 287-3426
  • Stickney Hill (Lat: 44.972833 Lon: -69.653667), Call Sign: KCD36
    Assigned Frequencies: 451.075 MHz
    Grant Date: 06/15/2005, Expiration Date: 08/28/2015
    Registrant: State Of Maine Department Of Transportation, 16 State House State, Augusta, ME 04333-0016, Phone: (207) 624-3568, Email:
  • ATHENS, Rt 150 (Lat: 44.946472 Lon: -69.656861), Type: Bant, Structure height: 10 m, Overall height: 15 m, Call Sign: WQBU873
    Assigned Frequencies: 45.0800 MHz
    Grant Date: 12/20/2004, Expiration Date: 12/20/2014, Certifier: William Plante
    Registrant: State Of Maine, Department Of Transportation, State House Station 16, Augusta, ME 04333, Phone: (207) 287-3426, Fax: (207) 287-6218, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

7
  • Call Sign: K1DDC, Licensee ID: L00292215
    Grant Date: 09/23/2004, Expiration Date: 12/08/2014, Certifier: Robert S Turnbull
    Registrant: Robert S Turnbull, 34 Main Street, Athens, ME 04912
  • Call Sign: K1III
    Grant Date: 08/18/1998, Expiration Date: 08/18/2008, Cancellation Date: 08/19/2010
    Registrant: Joseph C Chandler, Box 4074d W Athens Rd Rt 1, Athens, ME 04912
  • Call Sign: W1REZ, Previous Call Sign: N1GDP, Licensee ID: L00623381
    Grant Date: 06/13/1996, Expiration Date: 06/13/2006, Cancellation Date: 06/14/2008, Certifier: Raymond F Bohmer
    Registrant: Raymond F Bohmer, 242 Stickney Hill Rd, Athens, ME 04912-4114
  • Call Sign: KB1OBM, Licensee ID: L01207626
    Grant Date: 10/30/2006, Expiration Date: 10/30/2016, Certifier: Nathaniel B Foss
    Registrant: Nathaniel B Foss, Athens, ME 04912
  • Call Sign: KB1OBN, Licensee ID: L01207627
    Grant Date: 10/30/2006, Expiration Date: 10/30/2016, Certifier: Eric A Foss
    Registrant: Eric A Foss, Athens, ME 04912
  • Call Sign: KB1OBP, Licensee ID: L01207630
    Grant Date: 10/30/2006, Expiration Date: 10/30/2016, Certifier: Bernadette C Breault
    Registrant: Bernadette C Breault, 26 Valley Rd, Athens, ME 04912
  • Call Sign: KB1OCX, Licensee ID: L01209441
    Grant Date: 11/03/2006, Expiration Date: 11/03/2016, Certifier: Joseph G Breault
    Registrant: Joseph G Breault, 26 Valley Rd, Athens, ME 04912


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 8

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