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The City of Athens had a population of 13,759 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 Tennessee. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Athens is located at latitude 35.4573 and longitude -84.6042 in McMinn County. The formal boundaries for the City of Athens (see map below) encompass a land area of 15.53 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. McMinn County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 860 feet.

The City of Athens (GNIS ID: 2403124) 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 Commissioner District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of McMinn 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: Pumpkintown.

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


Total Population 13,759
Population in Households 13,238
Population in Familes 10,527
Population in Group Qrtrs 521
Population Density2 886
Diversity Index3 38


Median Household Income $36,302
Average Household Income $48,888
Per Capita Income $21,130


Total Housing Units 6,563 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,306 (50.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,507 (38.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 750 (11.4%)
Median Home Value $129,934
Average Home Value $159,487


Total Households 5,813
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 3,601
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 0.23% 0.22%
Households 0.2% 0.22%
Families 0.31% 0.07%
Median Household Income   2.97%
Per Capita Income   2.72%

Athens, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athens to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee 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 # 41 91st
Population Density # 98 77th
Diversity Index # 84 81st
Median Household Income # 310 28th
Per Capita Income # 277 35th

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