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Welcome to Athens ...

The city of Athens is located in Menard County<1>.

The pronunciation of Athens: AY-thenz<2>

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Athens has a population of 1,915 people<3> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Athens.

Athens is 600 feet [183 m] above sea level.<4>.

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

The telephone area code for Athens: (217)

The ZIP code for Athens: 62613<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Athens had an population of 1,915 people. This is a decrease of 3.67% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.95% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Athens had a population of 1,988 people (which is 15.65% of the total population of Menard County). This makes Athens the county's 2nd most populous community.

The population of Athens represents 0.02% of the total population of Illinois (which has 12,830,632 people), making it the state's 492nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,988 people, the population of Athens increased 15.18% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 1,726 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 Alabama, Arkansas, California, Georgia, 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.

  • Springfield [Sangamon County]
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    • Springfield [Sangamon County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Athens
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 113,671 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Springfield<7>
  • Sherman [Sangamon County]
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    • Sherman [Sangamon County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Athens
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,660 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sherman<7>
  • Rochester [Sangamon County]
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    • Rochester [Sangamon County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southeast of Athens
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,715 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rochester have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rochester<7>
  • Riverton [Sangamon County]
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    • Riverton [Sangamon County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the southeast of Athens
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,430 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Riverton have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Riverton<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Petersburg [Menard County]
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      • Petersburg [Menard County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<6> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,207 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Petersburg<7>
    • Mason City [Mason County]
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      • Mason City [Mason County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<6> to the north of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,088 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mason City<7>
    • Jerome [Sangamon County]
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      • Jerome [Sangamon County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the south of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,575 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jerome have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Southern View [Sangamon County]
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      • Southern View [Sangamon County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<6> to the south of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,557 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Southern View have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Williamsville [Sangamon County]
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      • Williamsville [Sangamon County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<6> to the east of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,490 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Williamsville have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Williamsville<7>
    • Leland Grove [Sangamon County]
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      • Leland Grove [Sangamon County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<6> to the south of Athens
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,451 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Leland Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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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. 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.

Adding Athens to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Athens in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Athens was on a map titled Rand McNally Map (1881).

We also found Athens in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Athens on our Genealogy Page.

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Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Athens. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Illinois: https://illinois.gov

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Illinois' counties, including Menard, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>The pronunciation we've provided is our attempt to give a phonetic pronunciation for Athens. While it might not be exactly right, hopefully it will be close. If we have it wrong or there's a better way to pronounce the name, please contact us through our Feedback Page.
<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>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).
<6>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' distance. A straight line distance ignores things 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 AthensOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 39.9607, Longitude: -89.7239    
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<8>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.






















 

 

 

 

 


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