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Athens, West Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Athens had a population of 1,026 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 West Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Athens is located at latitude 37.4223 and longitude -81.0162 in Mercer County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Athens 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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Athens: Concord, Concord Church.

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

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Athens, WV Housing Affordability Index is 174
State of West Virginia Housing Affordability Index is 182
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, WV Wealth Index is 55
State of West Virginia Wealth Index is 64
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 1,026 (100%)
Population in Households 823 (80.2%)
Population in Families 651 (63.5%)
Population in Group Quarters1 203 (19.8%)
Population Density 2,606
Diversity Index2 15
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $50,826
Average Household Income $59,684
Per Capita Income $20,536
Wealth Index4 55

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 414 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 255 (61.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 92 (22.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 67 (16.2%)
Median Home Value $163,571
Housing Affordability Index3 174
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 347
Average Household Size 2.37
Family Households 227
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 -0.23% -0.33%
Households 0.0% -0.47%
Families 2.42% -0.53%
Median Household Income   1.03%
Per Capita Income   2.62%

Athens, WV - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athens to the other 404 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in West Virginia 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 # 147 64th
Population Density # 23 95th
Diversity Index # 92 77th
Median Household Income # 81 80th
Per Capita Income # 246 39th

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