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Athens, Louisiana
Village
Athens Town Hall
Athens Town Hall
Location of Athens in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Athens in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Location of Louisiana in the United States
Country United States
State Louisiana
Parish Claiborne
Incorporated 1902
Area
 • Total 3.50 sq mi (9.07 km2)
 • Land 3.50 sq mi (9.07 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
302 ft (92 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 249
 • Estimate 
(2019)
269
 • Density 76.84/sq mi (29.66/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 318
FIPS code 22-03320

Athens is a village in Claiborne Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 249 at the 2010 census.

History

The village was named after the ancient city of Athens, capital of Greece. Athens became the parish seat of Claiborne Parish in 1846, but in 1848 fire destroyed the courthouse and all the records in it. Soon thereafter the Claiborne Parish Police Jury decided to move the parish seat to its present location in Homer.

Geography

Athens is located at 32°39′1″N 93°1′28″W / 32.65028°N 93.02444°W / 32.65028; -93.02444 (32.650219, -93.024492).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 5.7 km2 (2.2 sq mi), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 514
1920 493 −4.1%
1930 461 −6.5%
1940 491 6.5%
1950 487 −0.8%
1960 406 −16.6%
1970 387 −4.7%
1980 419 8.3%
1990 278 −33.7%
2000 262 −5.8%
2010 249 −5.0%
2019 (est.) 269 8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 262 people, 112 households, and 73 families residing in the village. The population density was 119.2 inhabitants per square mile (46.0/km2). There were 137 housing units at an average density of 62.3 per square mile (24.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 72.52% White, 24.05% African American, 2.29% Native American, 0.38% Pacific Islander, and 0.76% from two or more races.

There were 112 households, out of which 34.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.9% were married couples living together, 16.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.8% were non-families. 30.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 21.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the village, the population was spread out, with 28.6% under the age of 18, 5.7% from 18 to 24, 27.1% from 25 to 44, 19.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $26,750. Males had a median income of $23,393 versus $22,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $13,033. About 7.0% of families and 14.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.6% of those under the age of eighteen and 20.0% of those 65 or over.

Education

The Mt. Olive Christian School, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, operates in the former Athens High School building, constructed in 1930, with the last graduating class there in 1969.

Notable people

  • Jessie Johnson Couch, wife of utilities, railroad, and radio magnate Harvey Couch, was an Athens native.
  • Kenneth L. Volentine, former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, with service from 1988 to 1992, and sheriff of Claiborne Parish from 1996 to 2004
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