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Athens, Ohio - Basic Facts

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The City of Athens had a population of 24,256 as of July 1, 2016. Athens ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Ohio. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Athens is located at latitude 39.326 and longitude -82.098 in Athens County. The formal boundaries for the City of Athens (see map below) encompass a land area of 9.83 sq. miles and a water area of 0.22 sq. miles. Athens County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 718 feet.

The City of Athens (GNIS ID: 2394009) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Athens is located within Township of Athens, a minor civil division (MCD) of Athens County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Athens population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Athens: Coates Ferry, Elizabethtown, Harpers Ferry, Middletown.

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Athens, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 24,256
Population in Households 16,387
Population in Familes 5,211
Population in Group Qrtrs 7,869
Population Density1 2,468
Diversity Index2 32


Total Households 7,129
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 1,897
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 7,674 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,813 (23.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,315 (69.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 545 ( 7.1%)
Median Home Value $173,347
Average Home Value $190,262


Median Household Income $21,581
Average Household Income $43,490
Per Capita Income $14,668
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.28% 0.26%
Households 0.52% 0.36%
Families 0.47% -0.26%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   1.62%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Athens, OH - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athens to the other 1,215 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Ohio by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 65 95th
Population Density1 # 157 87th
Diversity Index2 # 143 88th
Median Household Income # 1210 0th
Per Capita Income # 1197 2nd

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