Athens, Texas

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Athens, Texas
City Hall in Athens, 508 E. Tyler St.
City Hall in Athens, 508 E. Tyler St.
"Hamburgers – Heritage – Texas"[1]
Location of Athens, Texas
Location of Athens, Texas
Henderson County Athens.svg
Coordinates: 32°12′10″N 95°50′57″W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917Coordinates: 32°12′10″N 95°50′57″W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917
Country United States
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City Council
Toni Clay
Aaron Smith
Edward McCain
Robert Gross
 • City ManagerElizabeth Borstad
 • Total20.20 sq mi (52.31 km2)
 • Land17.83 sq mi (46.19 km2)
 • Water2.37 sq mi (6.13 km2)
489 ft (149 m)
 • Total12,710
 • Estimate 
 • Density715.13/sq mi (276.11/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
Area codes430, 903
FIPS code48-04504[5]
GNIS feature ID1329816[6]

Athens is a city and the county seat of Henderson County,[7] Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,710.[8] The city has called itself the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World."[9] Athens was selected as one of the first "Certified Retirement Communities" in Texas.[10] It was named after Greece's capital.[11]


Athens is located in central Henderson County at 32°12′10″N 95°50′57″W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917 (32.202782, -95.849140).[12]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.7 km2), of which 16.8 square miles (43.6 km2) are land and 2.4 square miles (6.1 km2), or 12.32%, are covered by water.[8] Lake Athens is a 1,799 acre reservoir located in the eastern half of the city.[13]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)12,753[4]0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[14]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 12,710 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 per square mile (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 people 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.


Local government[edit]

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 million in total liabilities, and $0.7 million in cash and investments.[15]

The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[16]

City department Director
City Manager Elizabeth Borstad
City Secretary Bonnie Hambrick
Director of Finance Mandie Quigg
Human Resources Manager Sissy Geddie
Chief of Police John Densmore
Fire Chief Russell Marshall
Director of Public Works Tim Perry
Director of Development Services Audrey Sloan
Director of Utilities Randy Williams

State and federal representation[edit]

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Athens District Parole Office in Athens.[17]

The United States Postal Service operates the Athens Post Office.[18]


The city of Athens is served by the Athens Independent School District and is home to the Athens High School Hornets. A very small portion in the eastern outskirts of Athens is within the Brownsboro Independent School District.

The main campus of Trinity Valley Community College is located in Athens.


Places to Visit[edit]

The Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, operated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is located east of the city on Lake Athens.

The East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society is located in the west part of the city.

Cedar Creek Reservoir is located west of the city, and is a popular vacation destination.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen climate classification system, Athens has a humid subtropical climate, Cfa on climate maps.[19]

Notable people[edit]


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  12. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  13. ^ "Lake Athens". State of Texas. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  15. ^ 2006-07 CAFR Archived November 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2009-06-10
  16. ^ City of Athens website Retrieved 2016-12-20
  17. ^ "Parole Division Region I Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  18. ^ "Post Office Location - ATHENS." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  19. ^ Climate Summary for Athens, Texas
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