- Athens, Texas
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Athens is a city in Henderson County,
Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 11,297. It is the county seatof Henderson CountyGR|6. According to the Texas Legislature, Athens is the "Original Home of the Hamburger". The city also calls itself the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World", due to their annual black-eyed pea festival.
Athens is located at coor dms|32|12|10|N|95|50|57|W|city (32.202782, -95.849140)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.0 km²), of which, 14.6 square miles (37.9 km²) of it is land and 2.3 square miles (6.1 km²) of it (13.85%) is water.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 11,297 people, 4,110 households, and 2,807 families residing in the city. The population densitywas 772.8 people per square mile (298.3/km²). There were 4,549 housing units at an average density of 311.2/sq mi (120.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.14% White, 19.23% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.17% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.37% of the population.
There were 4,110 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% are classified as non-families by the
United States Census Bureau. Of 4,110 households, 131 are unmarried partner households: 106 heterosexual, 14 same-sex male, and 11 same-sex female households. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.13.
In the city the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $29,372, and the median income for a family was $35,359. Males had a median income of $27,388 versus $19,375 for females. The
per capita incomefor the city was $16,561. About 14.7% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.
Points of interest
East Texas Arboretum and Botanical Society
Trinity Valley Community College(headquarters and Henderson County Campus)
East Texas Fish Hatchery
The Henderson County Performing Arts Center
In 2007, the
Texas State Legislaturepassed Bill HCR-15, designating Athens as the "Original Home of the Hamburger".
* [http://www.census.gov United States Census Bureau]
* [http://www.athenscc.org/ Athens Chamber of Commerce]
* [http://www.athensedc.com/ Athens Economic Development Corp.]
* [http://www.athenstx.org/ Athens Visitor Initiative Program] (official city website)
*Handbook of Texas|id=AA/hea5|name=Athens, TX
* [http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/HC00015I.htm Bill HCR-15] of the Texas State Legislature (November 2006) designating Athens as the "Original Home of the
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