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Welcome to Athens ...

The city of Athens is located in McMinn County<1> and is the County Seat for McMinn 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 13,857 people<3> (see below for details).

Athens was established in 1823.

The community of Athens is 970 feet [296 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Athens lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Athens (for example, toward Dunlap), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The area code for Athens: (423)

Websites for Athens ...

Official Website: www.cityofathenstn.com/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Athens had an population of 13,857 people. This is an increase of 2.96% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 4.82% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Athens had a population of 13,458 people (or 25.75% of the total population of McMinn County). This makes Athens the county's most populous community.

The population of Athens represents 0.21% of the total population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's 41st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 13,458 people, the population of Athens increased 1.8% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 13,220 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, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, 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.

  • Jacktown [Monroe County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Jacktown have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Jacktown
    • Jacktown [Monroe County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the east of Athens
    • Estimated population for 2014: 67,319 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Jacktown
  • Sweetwater [Monroe County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sweetwater have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sweetwater
    • Sweetwater [Monroe County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the northeast of Athens
    • Estimated population for 2018: 5,868 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sweetwater
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Sweetwater
  • Madisonville [Monroe County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Madisonville have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Madisonville
    • Madisonville [Monroe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Athens
    • Estimated population for 2018: 4,927 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Madisonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Madisonville
  • Etowah [McMinn County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Etowah have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Etowah
    • Etowah [McMinn County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the southeast of Athens
    • Estimated population for 2018: 3,482 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Etowah
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Etowah
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Surprise [Meigs County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Surprise have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Surprise
      • Surprise [Meigs County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the north of Athens
      • Estimated population for 2014: 1,799 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Surprise
    • Decatur [Meigs County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Decatur have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Decatur
      • Decatur [Meigs County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Athens
      • Estimated population for 2018: 1,647 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Decatur
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Decatur
    • Englewood [McMinn County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Englewood have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Englewood
      • Englewood [McMinn County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the east of Athens
      • Estimated population for 2018: 1,524 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Englewood
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Englewood
    • Benton [Polk County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Benton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Benton
      • Benton [Polk County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Athens
      • Estimated population for 2018: 1,271 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Benton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Benton
    • Lakewood Village [Rhea County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lakewood Village have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lakewood Village
      • Lakewood Village [Rhea County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the northwest of Athens
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 990 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lakewood Village
    • Tellico Plains [Monroe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tellico Plains
      • Tellico Plains [Monroe County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the east of Athens
      • Estimated population for 2018: 913 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tellico Plains
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tellico Plains

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 24 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 ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Athens: www.cityofathenstn.com/

The official website for McMinn County: www.mcminncounty.org/

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Tennessee's counties, including McMinn, 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>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'point-to-point' 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: 35.4525, Longitude: -84.6039       In this case, the coordinates for Athens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).






















 

 

 

 

 


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