Athens, Alabama Population 2022

26,108
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Athens is a city located in Limestone County Alabama. Athens has a 2020 population of 26,108. It is also the county seat of Limestone County. Athens is currently growing at a rate of 1.36% annually and its population has increased by 2.76% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 25,406 in 2010.

The average household income in Athens is $75,441 with a poverty rate of 13.05%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $657 per month, and the median house value is $171,900. 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 Athenswas:

  • White: 72.90%
  • Black or African American: 17.89%
  • Two or more races: 3.56%
  • Other race: 2.81%
  • Asian: 1.48%
  • Native American: 1.21%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.16%
The current population of Athens, Alabama is 26,108 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 25,406.

Athens, Alabama Population 2022

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White19,45372.90%
Black or African American4,77317.89%
American Indian and Alaska Native3221.21%
Asian3951.48%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander430.16%
Some Other Race7492.81%
Two or More Races9513.56%
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Athens Population by Race

Athens Population Pyramid 2022

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Athens Median Age

41.3


Total

40.4


Male

43.2


Female

Athens Adults

There are 21,435 adults, (4,890 of whom are seniors) in Athens.

Athens Age Dependency

Age Dependency Ratio

29.6

Old Age Dependency Ratio

31.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Athens Sex Ratio

Female

13,387

50.16%

Male

13,299

49.84%

Athens Population by Age

Athens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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Athens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married81.5%18.5%
All65.9%34.1%
Male63.7%36.3%
Non Family49%51%
Female43.5%56.5%

65.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Athens Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,7092.6965.9
Married5,1033.1781.5
Male2893.9163.7
Female1,1484.343.5
Non Family3,1691.2249

3.34

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 Grade8854.54%
9th to 12th Grade1,3657.00%
High School Graduate5,53728.39%
Some College4,52923.22%
Associates Degree1,6758.59%
Bachelors Degree3,85819.78%
Graduate Degree1,6528.47%
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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
Asian969696
2+ Races414377177
White14,06513,0334,934
Native American21918526
Hispanic1,138858109
Black3,7892,879213
Other Race500417
Islander4319

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$34,693$40,317$30,126
Less Than 9th Grade$25,539$30,074$
High School Graduate$24,134$27,510$21,833
Some College$34,507$39,783$29,809
Bachelors Degree$54,531$73,574$46,607
Graduate Degree$68,056$93,375$56,955

$34,693

Average Earnings

$40,317

Average Male

$30,126

Average Female

Athens Earnings by Educational Attainment

Athens Language by Age

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Athens Language

92.43% of Athens residents speak only English, while 7.57% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 5.27% of the population.

Athens Language

Athens Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Islander431944.19%
Multiple94232734.71%
Hispanic2,25372031.96%
Black4,60874316.12%
Native322319.63%
White18,1671,7469.61%
Other84NaN%

13.05%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.06%

Male Poverty Rate

15.01%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Athens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Athens is Islander, with 44.19% below the poverty level.

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

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 1.69%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.21%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 18.24%.

Athens Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade17.39%
High School15.59%
Some College6.13%
Bachelors or Greater3.88%

Athens Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Male Employed3.51%
Male Unemployed32.54%
Female Employed6.61%
Female Unemployed32.54%

Athens Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Athens Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$53,144$75,005
Families$76,875$93,268
Married Families$87,236-
Non Families$23,859$36,076
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Income by Household Type

Athens Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

49.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.5%

Male Marriage Rate

48.7%

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 Over 65, 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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1,570

Number of Veterans

Male Veterans

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Second Gulf War432
First Gulf War444
Vietnam425
Korea93
World War II

Athens Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
18 to 34224
35 to 54345
55 to 64353
65 to 74296
75+352

Athens Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White1,3928.96%
Black1263.01%
Native American144.35%
2+ Races386.97%
Hispanic1208.98%

Athens Veterans by Race

Athens Veterans by Education

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1.37%

Veteran Poverty Rate

34.27%

Veteran Disability Rate

Athens Veterans by Education

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58.5%

Labor Force Participation

54.9%

Employment Rate

5.9%

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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65.94%

Born in Athens

95.04%

Native Born

4.96%

Foreign Born

2.34%

Non Citizen

2.62%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.04% of Athens residents were born in the United States, with 65.94% having been born in Alabama. 2.34% 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

Note: 2021 and 2022 data is projected
Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
19203,3230.00%
19304,2389152.46%
19404,3421040.24%
19506,3091,9673.81%
19609,3303,0213.99%
197014,3605,0304.41%
198014,5581980.14%
199016,9012,3431.50%
200018,9672,0661.16%
201021,8972,9301.45%
201122,2483511.60%
201222,5993511.58%
201322,9503511.55%
201423,3013511.53%
201523,6523511.51%
201624,0033511.48%
201724,3543511.46%
201824,7053511.44%
201925,0563511.42%
202025,4063501.40%
202125,7573511.38%
202226,1083511.36%

Athens Population by Year