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Athens, West Virginia
View along State Street; Town Hall on the right
View along State Street; Town Hall on the right
Location of Athens in Mercer County, West Virginia.
Location of Athens in Mercer County, West Virginia.
Country United States
State West Virginia
County Mercer
Area
 • Total 0.39 sq mi (1.02 km2)
 • Land 0.39 sq mi (1.02 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
2,585 ft (788 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,048
 • Estimate 
(2019)
897
 • Density 2,276.65/sq mi (879.74/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
24712
Area code(s) 304
FIPS code 54-03292
GNIS feature ID 1535072

Athens is a town in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 1,048 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578. Athens is the home of Concord University.

History

Being a college town, Athens has a classical name, after Athens, Greece.

Located near Athens is the Col. William Henderson French House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.

Geography and Climate

Athens is located at 37°25′26″N 81°00′48″W / 37.423849°N 81.013363°W / 37.423849; -81.013363 (37.423849, -81.013363).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.39 square miles (1.01 km2), all land.

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Athens has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.

Climate data for Athens, West Virginia
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 40
(4.4)
44
(6.7)
53
(11.7)
63
(17.2)
71
(21.7)
77
(25)
81
(27.2)
80
(26.7)
74
(23.3)
65
(18.3)
54
(12.2)
44
(6.7)
62.2
(16.76)
Average low °F (°C) 20
(-6.7)
21
(-6.1)
28
(-2.2)
37
(2.8)
47
(8.3)
55
(12.8)
59
(15)
57
(13.9)
51
(10.6)
39
(3.9)
31
(-0.6)
24
(-4.4)
39.1
(3.94)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.95
(74.9)
2.72
(69.1)
3.27
(83.1)
3.31
(84.1)
3.86
(98)
3.23
(82)
3.9
(99)
3.07
(78)
2.99
(75.9)
2.52
(64)
2.8
(71)
2.68
(68.1)
37.3
(947.4)
Source: U.S. Climate Data

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 575
1920 552 −4.0%
1930 628 13.8%
1940 682 8.6%
1950 935 37.1%
1960 1,086 16.1%
1970 967 −11.0%
1980 1,147 18.6%
1990 741 −35.4%
2000 1,102 48.7%
2010 1,048 −4.9%
2019 (est.) 897 −14.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,048 people, 347 households, and 182 families living in the town. The population density was 2,687.2 inhabitants per square mile (1,037.5/km2). There were 408 housing units at an average density of 1,046.2 per square mile (403.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 91.1% White, 5.6% African American, 0.1% Native American, 2.1% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 347 households, of which 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 8.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 47.6% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.76.

The median age in the town was 23.1 years. 11.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 43.7% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 16% were from 25 to 44; 18.4% were from 45 to 64; and 10.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the town was 48.2% male and 51.8% female.

Notable person

  • Don Caruth, West Virginia politician
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