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Athens, Texas
—  City  —
Location of Athens, Texas
Coordinates: 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
 - Type Council-Manager
 - City Council Mayor Randy Daniel
Jerry Don Vaught
Carol Barton
Carroll Maberry
Elaine Jenkins
 - City Manager Pam J. Burton
 - Total 17.0 sq mi (43.9 km2)
 - Land 14.6 sq mi (37.9 km2)
 - Water 2.4 sq mi (6.1 km2)
Elevation 489 ft (149 m)
Population (2006)
 - Total 12,458
 - Density 772.8/sq mi (298.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75751-75752
Area code(s) 430, 903
FIPS code 48-04504[1]
GNIS feature ID 1329816[2]

Athens is a city in Henderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 11,297. It is the county seat of Henderson County[3]. According to the Texas Legislature, Athens is the "Original Home of the Hamburger". The city also calls itself the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World", due to their annual black-eyed pea festival.



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)[4].

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 (37.9 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²) of it (13.85%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,297 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/sq mi (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.

Notable people



Local Government

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 milion in Total Liabilities, and $0.7 million in cash and investments. [5]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is: [6]

City Department Director
City Administrator Pam J. Burton
Director of Finance and Technology David Hopkins, CPA
Human Resources Director Haven Cox
Fire Chief John McQueary
Police Chief Michael D. Hill, Jr.
Director of Planning & Development Gary Crecelius

Points of interest

In 2007, the Texas State Legislature passed Bill HCR-15, designating Athens as the "Original Home of the Hamburger".


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  5. ^ 2006-07 CAFR Retrieved 2009-06-10
  6. ^ City of Athenswebsite Retrieved 2009-06-10

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