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The City of Athens had a population of 25,346 as of July 1, 2018. 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, 2018.

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

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Athens, OH Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 25,346
Population in Households 16,413
Population in Familes 5,343
Population in Group Qrtrs 8,933
Population Density2 2,579
Diversity Index3 33


Median Household Income $26,119
Average Household Income $47,859
Per Capita Income $15,489


Total Housing Units 7,673 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,909 (24.9%)
Renter Occupied HU 5,213 (67.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 552 ( 7.2%)
Median Home Value $175,791
Average Home Value $195,674


Total Households 7,121
Average Household Size 2.3
Family Households 1,907
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.75% 0.23%
Households 0.38% 0.29%
Families 0.42% -0.15%
Median Household Income   3.86%
Per Capita Income   2.37%

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, 2018 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 # 61 95th
Population Density # 138 89th
Diversity Index # 144 88th
Median Household Income # 1204 1st
Per Capita Income # 1203 1st

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