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Athens, Wisconsin
Village
Downtown Athens
Downtown Athens
Nickname(s): 
A-town
Motto(s): 
A friendly town that bands together and works together as a community
Location of Athens in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Location of Athens in Marathon County, Wisconsin.
Country  United States
State  Wisconsin
County Marathon
Area
 • Total 2.45 sq mi (6.35 km2)
 • Land 2.45 sq mi (6.35 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
1,401 ft (427 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,105
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,077
 • Density 439.59/sq mi (169.71/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Zip Code
54411
Area codes 715 & 534
FIPS code 55-03550
GNIS feature ID 1560994
2009-0620-Athens
Athens Community Hall, Police Department, Municipal Building and branch of the Marathon County Public Library

Athens is a village in Marathon County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 1,105 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Wausau, Wisconsin Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

Athens is located at 45°1′58″N 90°4′35″W / 45.03278°N 90.07639°W / 45.03278; -90.07639 (45.032641, -90.076442). Athens is almost halfway between the Equator and North Pole, as well as almost halfway between the Prime Meridian and 180th meridian. The Athens area is primarily agricultural with a small industrial park on the south side of the village limits.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.46 square miles (6.37 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 904
1920 940 4.0%
1930 936 −0.4%
1940 856 −8.5%
1950 823 −3.9%
1960 770 −6.4%
1970 856 11.2%
1980 988 15.4%
1990 951 −3.7%
2000 1,095 15.1%
2010 1,105 0.9%
Est. 2019 1,077 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 1,105 people, 471 households, and 298 families living in the village. The population density was 449.2 inhabitants per square mile (173.4/km2). There were 503 housing units at an average density of 204.5 per square mile (79.0/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 96.2% White, 0.2% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 2.4% from other races, and 0.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.9% of the population.

There were 471 households, of which 30.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.5% had a male householder with no wife present, and 36.7% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.96.

The median age in the village was 39.5 years. 24.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 25.7% were from 25 to 44; 24.3% were from 45 to 64; and 17.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 51.0% male and 49.0% female.

Athens Library

The Athens Library is part of the Marathon County Public Library (MCPL) and the Wisconsin Valley Library Service, a regional library system. The library began in the early 1900s as a small collection of books in the Bloczynski Hotel. In 1926, the Athens Women's Club assumed management of the library, moving the collection to the Athens Bank. The library moved again in 1941, to the Community Hall. In 1947, the Athens Library joined the Marathon County Library. In 1973, when the Marathon County Library and Wausau Public Library merged to form the Marathon County Public Library, the Athens Library became a branch of the MCPL.

Education

The Athens School District is made up of three schools: Athens Elementary School, Athens Middle School, and Athens High School. The middle and high schools share the same building. The Athens School District belongs to the Marawood Conference. Its mascot is the Fighting Bluejay. There are two parochial schools in the community, Trinity Lutheran and St. Anthony's Catholic School.

Notable people

  • Russ Decker, Wisconsin politician, was born in Athens.
  • Charles Winninger, notable character actor, was born in Athens.
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