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Athena, Oregon
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"A Great Place to Live"
Location in Oregon
Location in Oregon
Country United States
State Oregon
County Umatilla
Incorporated 1904
 • Total 0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Land 0.57 sq mi (1.47 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,710 ft (520 m)
 • Total 1,126
 • Estimate 
 • Density 2,014.08/sq mi (777.94/km2)
Time zone UTC-8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-7 (Pacific)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 541
FIPS code 41-03200
GNIS feature ID 1167693

Athena is a city in Umatilla County, Oregon, United States. The population was 1,126 at the 2010 census. It is part of the PendletonHermiston Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Athena, about halfway between Pendleton, Oregon, and Walla Walla, Washington, was originally called Centerville. However, confusion about the name sometimes arose because Oregon had another Centerville, in Washington County, and the state of Washington had a Centerville, in Klickitat County. In 1889, local government officials asked the Centerville school principal, D. W. Jarvis, to recommend a different name. He chose Athena after the Greek goddess, and they agreed.

Centerville got its first post office on October 11, 1878. The first postmaster was William T. Cook. The post office name was changed to Athena on May 16, 1889.

Nineteenth-century settlers of Scottish descent brought to Athena an interest in the customs and music of Scotland. Before World War I, Athena had a Caledonian Society that held an annual picnic featuring Scottish dancing and bagpipes. Weston-McEwen High School in Athena revived the tradition in the 1950s when it organized a Scots dance group and a pipe band. The band has since performed at many venues in the United States and has traveled to Scotland and England to play.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.57 square miles (1.48 km2), all of it land.


According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Athena has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 495
1900 703 42.0%
1910 586 −16.6%
1920 621 6.0%
1930 504 −18.8%
1940 513 1.8%
1950 750 46.2%
1960 950 26.7%
1970 872 −8.2%
1980 965 10.7%
1990 997 3.3%
2000 1,221 22.5%
2010 1,126 −7.8%
2019 (est.) 1,144 1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,126 people, 446 households, and 325 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,975.4 inhabitants per square mile (762.7/km2). There were 484 housing units at an average density of 849.1 per square mile (327.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.4% White, 0.4% African American, 3.0% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 2.8% from other races, and 2.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.5% of the population.

There were 446 households, of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 27.1% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.91.

The median age in the city was 41.6 years. 25% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.3% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.2% were from 25 to 44; 29.2% were from 45 to 64; and 16.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 48.0% male and 52.0% female.


Athena, Oregon aerial
Aerial view of Athena

Athena is served by the Athena Weston School District.

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