Athens, Alabama Population 2020

27,103

Athens is a city located in Alabama. With a 2020 population of 27,103, it is the 20th largest city in Alabama and the 1415th largest city in the United States. Athens is currently growing at a rate of 1.60% annually and its population has increased by 23.77% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 21,897 in 2010. Spanning over 40 miles, Athens has a population density of 680 people per square mile.

The average household income in Athens is $73,228 with a poverty rate of 14.70%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $645 per month, and the median house value is $154,000. The median age in Athens is 41 years, 40.2 years for males, and 42.4 years for females. For every 100 females there are 93.3 males.

Athens Demographics

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

  • White: 75.58%
  • Black or African American: 17.01%
  • Two or more races: 2.77%
  • Other race: 2.31%
  • Asian: 1.28%
  • Native American: 0.95%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.10%
The current population of Athens, Alabama is 27,103, based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 26,247.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 21,897.

Athens, Alabama Population 2020

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
White19,02875.58%
Black or African American4,28317.01%
Two or More Races6982.77%
Some Other Race5812.31%
Asian3231.28%
American Indian and Alaska Native2390.95%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander240.10%

Athens Population Pyramid 2020

Athens Median Age

41


Total

40.2


Male

42.4


Female

Athens Adults

There are 20,091 adults, (4,524 of whom are seniors) in Athens.

Athens Age Dependency

61.7

Age Dependency Ratio

29.1

Old Age Dependency Ratio

32.7

Child Dependency Ratio

Athens Sex Ratio

Female

13,024

51.73%

Male

12,152

48.27%

Athens Households and Families

Athens Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Athens Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married83.8%16.2%
Male76.6%23.4%
All66.5%33.5%
Non Family47.9%52.1%
Female43.8%56.3%

66.5%

Rate of Home Ownership

Type Count Average Size Owned
All9,2222.6766.5
Married4,5803.3883.8
Non Family3,1211.1247.9
Female1,1203.8743.8
Male4013.1776.6

3.38

Average Family Size

2.67

Average Household Size

3.3%

Unmarried (Opposite Sex)

0.2%

Unmarried (Same Sex)

Athens Education

Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade1,1046.15%
9th to 12th Grade1,3867.72%
High School Graduate5,02728.02%
Some College3,77021.01%
Associates Degree1,5008.36%
Bachelors Degree3,68620.54%
Graduate Degree1,4708.19%

Athens Educational Attainment by Race

Name Total High School Bachelors
White13,36712,1834,523
Black3,1762,363330
Hispanic92545382
Other Race340168
Native American19414636
Multiple Races193188102
Asian15115191
Islander24

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 60.26%.

Name Average Male Female
Overall$31,499$37,921$24,528
Less Than High School$17,264$18,992$12,561
High School Grad$21,218$25,536$20,436
Some College$30,386$35,208$23,354
Bachelors Degree$57,391$84,125$41,436
Graduate Degree$63,750$112,115$56,359

$31,499

Average Earnings

$37,921

Average Male

$24,528

Average Female

Athens Language

Athens Language by Age

Athens Language

93.11% of Athens residents speak only English, while 6.89% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 4.88% of the population.

Athens Poverty

Athens Poverty by Race

Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
White17,5021,85510.60%
Hispanic1,87274039.53%
Black4,07273618.07%
Multiple69826938.54%
Other58116528.40%
Native239166.69%

14.70%

Overall Poverty Rate

13.71%

Male Poverty Rate

15.62%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Athens

The race most likely to be in poverty in Athens is Hispanic, with 39.53% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Athens is Native, with 6.69% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 3.09%. Among those working part-time, it was 15.26%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 21.03%.

Name Poverty
Less Than High School25.42%
High School17.88%
Some College7.21%
Bachelors or Greater4.69%
Name Poverty
Female Unemployed38.14%
Male Unemployed15.33%
Female Employed7.12%
Male Employed6.92%

Athens Income

Athens Income by Household Type

Name Median Mean
Households$49,549$73,228
Families$68,809$92,284
Married Families$88,770-
Non Families$19,262$34,169

Athens Marital Status

Athens Marital Status

Marriage Rates

46.4%

Overall Marriage Rate

50.6%

Male Marriage Rate

42.7%

Female Marriage Rate

Athens Married by Age and Sex

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

Athens Veterans

1,757

Number of Veterans

1,601

Male Veterans

156

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam565
First Gulf War506
Second Gulf War352
Korea96
World War II44
Name Veterans % of Total
White1,5019.92%
Black1975.34%
Hispanic12312.23%
Indian3715.48%
2 or More225.50%

$Athens Veterans by Education

2.85%

Veteran Poverty Rate

30.23%

Veteran Disability Rate

Athens Employment Status

59%

Labor Force Participation

53.3%

Employment Rate

9.6%

Unemployment Rate

Athens Place of Birth

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

66.00%

Born in Alabama

96.02%

Native Born

3.98%

Foreign Born

2.25%

Non Citizen

Place of Birth

96.02% of Athens residents were born in the United States, with 66.00% having been born in Alabama. 2.25% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
202027,1034281.60%
201926,6754281.63%
201826,2477032.75%
201725,5444281.70%
201625,1163791.53%
201524,7374141.70%
201424,3235362.25%
201323,7874421.89%
201223,3455932.61%
201122,7527493.40%
201022,0033,0361.50%
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%