Athens is a somewhat small city located in the state of Texas. With a population of 12,788 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Athens is the 190th largest community in Texas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Athens is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Athens is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Athens who work in office and administrative support (16.06%), maintenance occupations (14.07%), and food service (8.59%).
Compared to the rest of the country, citizens of Athens spend much less time in their cars: on average, their commute to work is only 16.81 minutes. This also means that noise and pollution levels in the city are less than they would otherwise be.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Athens rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.51% of adults 25 and older in Athens have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Athens in 2010 was $20,373, which is middle income relative to Texas, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $81,492 for a family of four. However, Athens contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Athens is a very ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Athens home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Athens residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Athens also has a sizeable Hispanic population (people of Hispanic origin can be of any race). People of Hispanic or Latino origin account for 30.68% of the city’s residents. Important ancestries of people in Athens include Irish, English, Italian, and Scots-Irish.
Athens also has a high percentage of its population that was born in another country: 15.15%.
The most common language spoken in Athens is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Urdu.