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The Town of Athens had a population of 1,046 as of July 1, 2016. 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 West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Athens is located at latitude 37.4207 and longitude -81.0125 in Mercer County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Athens (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.39 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Mercer County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,589 feet.

The Town of Athens (GNIS ID: 2390709) 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 Town of Athens is located within District III, a minor civil division (MCD) of Mercer 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, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Athens: Concord, Concord Church.

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Athens, WV Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,046
Population in Households 842
Population in Familes 668
Population in Group Qrtrs 204
Population Density1 2,653
Diversity Index2 14


Total Households 357
Average Household Size 2.36
Family Households 235
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 413 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 262 (63.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 95 (23.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 56 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $133,333
Average Home Value $144,656


Median Household Income $45,696
Average Household Income $57,084
Per Capita Income $23,039
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.03% 0.11%
Households 0.46% 0.28%
Families 4.17% 0.08%
Median Household Income   0.75%
Per Capita Income   1.11%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood 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.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Athens, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athens to the other 405 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 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 # 150 63rd
Population Density1 # 24 94th
Diversity Index2 # 96 77th
Median Household Income # 74 82nd
Per Capita Income # 115 72nd

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