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Athens is a city in Henderson County.

It is the county seat.

One tradition says the community was named after the city in Greece, because founders expected it to become a cultural center. Another says it was named for the city in Georgia.

The latitude of Athens is 32.204N. The longitude is -95.855W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 489 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 11,962.


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Median household income
Local
$29,372
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Athens demographic reports
Former and merged names include:
· Alfred
· Alvin
Lays claim to being the birthplace of the hamburger, concocted by Fletch Davis in the late 1800s.
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 97. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 8.2 per 1,000 people.
Nearby parks & recreation: Purtis Creek State Recreation Area
Historic sites and museums: Henderson County Historical Museum
Colleges and universities: Trinity Valley Community College
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Athens demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Henderson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 75751 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

8% of Athens residents report German ancestry, and 10% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Athens ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Athens was $16,561, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

18% of Athens residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Athens, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $347.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $744.


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Libraries

Libraries in Athens include Clint W Murchison Memorial Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Athens include Athens Review

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Politics

Henderson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Athens political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Athens workers is 22 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 5 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Athens between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.4 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Athens include Best Western, Best Western Inn on the Hill, Super 8.

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