Athens, Alabama Population 2021

29,216
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Athens is a city located in Limestone County Alabama. It is also the county seat of Limestone County. With a 2020 population of 29,216, it is the 18th largest city in Alabama and the 1325th largest city in the United States . Athens is currently growing at a rate of 3.27% annually and its population has increased by 33.42% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,897 in 2010. Athens reached it's highest population of 29,216 in 2021. Spanning over 40 miles, Athens has a population density of 733 people per square mile.

The average household income in Athens is $75,441 with a poverty rate of 13.54%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $664 per month, and the median house value is $161,400. The median age in Athens is 40.6 years, 39.4 years for males, and 41.5 years for females.

Athens Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Athens was:

  • White: 75.11%
  • Black or African American: 17.11%
  • Other race: 2.62%
  • Two or more races: 2.51%
  • Asian: 1.57%
  • Native American: 0.77%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.30%
The current population of Athens, Alabama is 29,216 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 26,441.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,897.

Athens, Alabama Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White19,47175.11%
Black or African American4,43617.11%
Some Other Race6792.62%
Two or More Races6502.51%
Asian4081.57%
American Indian and Alaska Native2000.77%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander780.30%
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Athens Population by Race

Athens Population Pyramid $2021

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Athens Median Age

40.6


Total

39.4


Male

41.5


Female

Athens Adults

There are 20,558 adults, (4,685 of whom are seniors) in Athens.

Athens Age Dependency

63.3

Age Dependency Ratio

29.5

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.8

Child Dependency Ratio

Athens Sex Ratio

Female

13,415

51.75%

Male

12,507

48.25%

Athens Population by Age

Athens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Athens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married82.7%17.3%
Male71%29%
All66.7%33.3%
Non Family51.3%48.7%
Female43%57%

66.7%

Rate of Home Ownership

Athens Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,3972.6966.7
Married4,6973.3882.7
Non Family3,3171.1851.3
Female1,0484.0843
Male3353.6871

3.44

Average Family Size

2.69

Average Household Size

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Athens Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade9695.25%
9th to 12th Grade1,4707.97%
High School Graduate5,17028.04%
Some College3,55719.29%
Associates Degree1,7169.31%
Bachelors Degree3,97621.56%
Graduate Degree1,5838.58%
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Athens Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Athens Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
White13,62712,4884,855
Black3,3922,549325
Hispanic93649297
Other Race379201
2+ Races229216142
Native American16913334
Asian121121121
Islander7854

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100.00%.

Athens Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$33,076$43,011$25,193
Less Than 9th Grade$19,466$19,902$15,156
High School Graduate$20,700$27,181$17,351
Some College$31,537$34,964$24,673
Bachelors Degree$55,170$81,125$41,600
Graduate Degree$69,000$101,316$58,974

$33,076

Average Earnings

$43,011

Average Male

$25,193

Average Female

Athens Earnings by Educational Attainment

Athens Language by Age

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Athens Language

93.33% of Athens residents speak only English, while 6.67% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.86% of the population.

Athens Language

Athens Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White18,0671,93510.71%
Black4,24864215.11%
Hispanic1,93861231.58%
Multiple65016625.54%
Other67915222.39%
Islander785469.23%
Native2002110.50%

13.54%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.87%

Male Poverty Rate

15.07%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Athens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Athens is Islander, with 69.23% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Athens is Native, with 10.50% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.03%. Among those working part-time, it was 13.66%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 19.71%.

Athens Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade20.89%
High School17.00%
Some College7.20%
Bachelors or Greater4.53%

Athens Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed36.27%
Male Unemployed16.57%
Female Employed6.28%
Male Employed5.26%

Athens Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Athens Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,165$75,441
Families$74,718$95,491
Married Families$91,181-
Non Families$22,390$37,504
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Income by Household Type

Athens Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

46.8%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.6%

Male Marriage Rate

43.5%

Female Marriage Rate

Athens Married by Age and Sex

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Athens Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 45-54, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

Athens Marital Status by Race

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Athens Marital Status

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1,692

Number of Veterans

1,483

Male Veterans

209

Female Veterans

War Veterans
First Gulf War474
Vietnam469
Second Gulf War441
Korea103
World War II9

Athens Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
35 to 54450
75+429
55 to 64323
65 to 74270
18 to 34220

Athens Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,4859.63%
Black1483.93%
Hispanic13812.80%
2+ Races3710.05%
Native American2211.00%

Athens Veterans by Race

Athens Veterans by Education

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1.33%

Veteran Poverty Rate

31.74%

Veteran Disability Rate

Athens Veterans by Education

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57.5%

Labor Force Participation

52.8%

Employment Rate

8%

Unemployment Rate

Athens Employment by Age

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Athens Employment by Race

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Athens Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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65.04%

Born in Athens

95.67%

Native Born

4.33%

Foreign Born

2.22%

Non Citizen

2.11%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.67% of Athens residents were born in the United States, with 65.04% having been born in Alabama. 2.22% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Athens Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202129,2169253.27%
202028,2919253.38%
201927,3669253.50%
201826,4417222.81%
201725,7194561.81%
201625,2633931.58%
201524,8704191.71%
201424,4516152.58%
201323,8364461.91%
201223,3906002.63%
201122,7907963.62%
201021,9943,0271.49%
200018,9672,0661.16%
199016,9012,3431.50%
198014,5581980.14%
197014,3605,0304.41%
19609,3303,0213.99%
19506,3091,9673.81%
19404,3421040.24%
19304,2389152.46%
19203,3230.00%

Athens Population by Year