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Welcome to Athens ...

The city of Athens is located in Limestone County<1> and is the County Seat for Limestone County.

The location of Athens has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Athens has a population of 26,247 people<3> (see below for details).

Athens was established in 1818.

The community of Athens is 670 feet [204 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Athens lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time

Telephone area codes for Athens: (256) & (938)<5>

The ZIP codes for Athens: 35611-35614<6>

Websites for Athens ...

Official Website: www.ci.athens.al.us/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Athens had an population of 26,247 people. This is an increase of 19.87% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 38.38% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Athens had a population of 21,897 people (or 26.45% of the total population of Limestone County). This makes Athens the county's most populous community.

The population of Athens represents 0.46% of the population of Alabama (which has 4,779,736 people), making it the state's 24th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 21,897 people, the population of Athens increased 15.45% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 18,967 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Athens.

Communities Also Named Athens ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 28 communities that are also named Athens - they are located in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Athens.

Communities near Athens ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Athens.

  • Decatur [Morgan County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Decatur
    • Decatur [Morgan County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<7> to the south of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2018: 54,264 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Decatur
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Decatur<8>
  • Madison [Madison County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madison have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madison
    • Madison [Madison County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<7> to the southeast of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2018: 50,440 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madison
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madison<8>
  • Priceville [Morgan County]
  • Trinity [Morgan County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Trinity have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Trinity
    • Trinity [Morgan County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<7> to the southwest of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2018: 2,439 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trinity
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Trinity<8>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Ardmore [Limestone County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ardmore have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ardmore
      • Ardmore [Limestone County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<7> to the northeast of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,420 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ardmore
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ardmore<8>
    • Rogersville [Lauderdale County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rogersville
      • Rogersville [Lauderdale County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the west of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,231 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rogersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rogersville<8>
    • Ardmore [Giles County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Ardmore have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ardmore
      • Ardmore [Giles County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<7> to the north of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2018: 1,228 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Ardmore
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Ardmore<8>
    • Flint City [Morgan County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Flint City have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Flint City
      • Flint City [Morgan County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<7> to the south of Athens
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Flint City
    • Triana [Madison County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Triana have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Triana
      • Triana [Madison County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<7> to the southeast of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2018: 619 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Triana
    • Elkton [Giles County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elkton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkton
      • Elkton [Giles County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<7> to the north of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2018: 529 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elkton

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Athens. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Athens.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Athens. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Athens.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Athens. Our list includes 25 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Athens.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Athens ...

Looking for more information about Athens? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Athens, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Athens.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Cities, Towns and Villages of Alabama

About Limestone County

About Alabama

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Athens: www.ci.athens.al.us/

The official website for Limestone County: www.co.limestone.al.us/

The official website for State of Alabama: https://www.alabama.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Alabama's counties, including Limestone, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Athens.
<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Athens - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<5>Area code (938) is an overlay for area code (256).
<6>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Athens). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Athens or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).

Our list of ZIP Codes for Athens includes: 35611, 35612, 35613 & 35614.
<7>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Athens) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Athens. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Athens

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 34.7845, Longitude: -86.9514       In this case, the coordinates for Athens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<8>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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