|• Total||43.61 sq mi (112.95 km2)|
|• Land||43.60 sq mi (112.92 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)|
|Elevation||531 ft (162 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||1,016|
|• Density||23.4/sq mi (9.0/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0579052|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 43.61 square miles (112.95 km2), of which, 43.60 square miles (112.92 km2) of it is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 1,019 people, 391 households, and 270 families residing in the town. The population density was 23.4 inhabitants per square mile (9.0/km2). There were 577 housing units at an average density of 13.2 per square mile (5.1/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 97.4% White, 0.2% African American, 0.9% Native American, 0.1% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.6% of the population.
There were 391 households of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.6% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 8.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 30.9% were non-families. 22.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% 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 2.99.
The median age in the town was 40.4 years. 24.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.2% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.9% were from 45 to 64; and 12.8% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 50.7% male and 49.3% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 847 people, 327 households, and 225 families residing in the town. The population density was 19.5 people per square mile (7.5/km²). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 11.1 per square mile (4.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.53% White, 0.12% African American, 0.24% Native American, and 0.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.
There were 327 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.7% were married couples living together, 9.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.92.
In the town the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 32.2% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.6 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $24,813, and the median income for a family was $32,841. Males had a median income of $24,545 versus $20,139 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,786. About 17.0% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.9% of those under age 18 and 12.0% of those age 65 or over.
Athens has a chief executive officer and three town selectmen. There is no police department, a volunteer fire department, and private water and sewer facilities.
Athens is a part of Maine School Administrative District 94, which voted to include Athens in 2014. Athens was previously in the Maine School Administrative District 59, but in May 2013 the community voted to leave District 59.
- "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-12-16.
- "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2013-07-06.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Lange, Mike. "Board approves $13 million Dexter area school budget, up 1.77 percent over last year." Piscataquis Observer at Bangor Daily News. May 14, 2014. Retrieved on December 23, 2014.