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Athens, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Athens had a population of 13,521 as of July 1, 2019. 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 35.4429 and longitude -84.593 in McMinn County. The formal boundaries for the City of Athens 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Athens: Pumpkintown.

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Athens, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Athens, TN Housing Affordability Index is 126
State of Tennessee Housing Affordability Index is 143
The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.

WEALTH INDEX

Athens, TN Wealth Index is 42
State of Tennessee Wealth Index is 81
The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

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POPULATION

Total Population 13,521 (100%)
Population in Households 13,012 (96.2%)
Population in Families 10,269 (75.9%)
Population in Group Quarters1 509 ( 3.8%)
Population Density 872
Diversity Index2 39
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $35,965
Average Household Income $49,378
Per Capita Income $20,569
Wealth Index4 42

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 6,497 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 3,443 (53.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 2,267 (34.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 787 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $151,548
Housing Affordability Index3 126
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 5,710
Average Household Size 2.28
Family Households 3,547
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.21% 0.24%
Households 0.2% 0.24%
Families 0.31% 0.12%
Median Household Income   2.76%
Per Capita Income   2.55%

Athens, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athens to the other 429 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 42 90th
Population Density # 104 76th
Diversity Index # 87 80th
Median Household Income # 330 23rd
Per Capita Income # 299 31st

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