Athens, Texas
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Athens, Texas
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Athens welcome sign
Location of Athens, Texas
Location of Athens, Texas
Henderson County Athens.svg
Coordinates: 32°12?10?N 95°50?57?W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917Coordinates: 32°12?10?N 95°50?57?W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917
Country United States United States
State TexasTexas
County Henderson
 o Type Council-Manager
 o City Council Mayor Monte Montgomery
Edward McCain
Joe Whatley
Toni Clay
Tres Winn
 o City Manager (Interim) Gary Whittle
 o Total 17.0 sq mi (43.9 km2)
 o Land 14.6 sq mi (37.9 km2)
 o Water 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
Elevation 489 ft (149 m)
Population (2010)[1]
 o Total 12,710
 o Estimate (2013)[1] 12,803
 o Density 772.8/sq mi (298.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 o Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75751-75752
Area code(s) 430, 903
FIPS code 48-04504[2]
GNIS feature ID 1329816[3]

Athens is a city in Henderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,710. It is the county seat of Henderson County.[4] The city also calls itself the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World." Athens was selected as one of the first 'Certified Retirement Communities' in Texas.[5] It was named after Athens, Alabama by one of the early residents who came from there.[6]


Athens is located at 32°12?10?N 95°50?57?W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917 (32.202782, -95.849140).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.0 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (37.8 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (13.85%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 12,710 people, 4,110 households, and 2,807 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.8 people per square mile (298.3/km²). There were 4,549 housing units at an average density of 311.2 per square mile (120.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.14% White, 19.23% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.17% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.37% of the population.

There were 4,110 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together,

15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% are classified as non-families by the United States Census Bureau. Of 4,110 households, 131 are unmarried partner households: 106 heterosexual, 14 same-sex male, and 11 same-sex female households. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.13.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,372, and the median income for a family was $35,359. Males had a median income of $27,388 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,561. About 14.7% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


Local government

Athens City Hall at 508 E. Tyler St.

According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city's various funds had $8.0 million in revenues, $8.6 million in expenditures, and $4.2 million in total assets, $0.7 million in total liabilities, and $0.7 million in cash and investments.[8]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[9]

Railroad Park in downtown Athens
City Department Director
Interim City Manager Gary Whittle
Director of Public Services Ryan Adams
City Secretary Bonnie Hambrick
Director of Finance Marty Coursey
Director of Human Resources Jennifer Robertson
Fire Chief John McQueary
Chief of Police Michael D. Hill, Jr.
Director of Development Services Barbara Holly
Director of Community Services Thanasis Kombos
Prosperity Bank in downtown Athens

State and federal representation

Dogwood Church[10]

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Athens District Parole Office in Athens.[11]

The United States Postal Service operates the Athens Post Office.[12]


The city of Athens is served by the Athens Independent School District and home to the Athens High School Hornets.

The main campus of Trinity Valley Community College is located in Athens.

Downtown Athens, TX
First Baptist Church; Pastor Kyle Henderson (2010)

Notable people


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Athens has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[20]


  1. ^ a b "State and County Quick Facts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved . 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved . 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved . 
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  6. ^ A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1893. p. 207. Retrieved 2014. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ 2006-07 CAFR Archived November 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-06-10
  9. ^ City of Athens website Retrieved 2016-12-20
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  11. ^ "Parole Division Region I Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  12. ^ "Post Office Location - ATHENS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  13. ^ "SWEETEN, JESS". Retrieved 2014. 
  14. ^ "Fred R. Agnich Papers". Retrieved 2013. 
  15. ^ Tripp, N. Wayne. "Percy Casino Corbin (1888-1952)". Encyclopedia Virginia. Retrieved 2015. 
  16. ^ "Buffalo Bills: Terrence McGee". Buffalo Bills. 2017. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved 2017. 
  17. ^ Helen Markel. "A Business Of 'brim'", Sports Illustrated, May 21, 1956.
  18. ^ "Legislative Reference Library of Texas: James C. Spencer". Retrieved 2011. 
  19. ^ "About Stuart Spitzer". Retrieved 2014. 
  20. ^ Climate Summary for Athens, Texas
  21. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved 2017. 
  22. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved 2015. 

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