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Welcome to Athens ...
While we don't have a date for the founding of Athens, you might consider that their post office opened in 1896.
From the Census Estimates for 2019, Athens has a population of 900 people<2> (see below for details).
Athens is 2,590 feet [789 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Athens is ½ mile above sea level.
Time Zone: Athens lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time
Telephone area codes for Athens: (304) & (681)<4>
The ZIP code for Athens: 24712<5>
Population Details ...
Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Athens had an population of 900 people. This is a decrease of 14.12% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 18.33% since the 2000 Census).
At the time of the 2010 Census, Athens had a population of 1,048 people. This makes Athens the county's 3rd most populous community.
The population of Athens represents 0.06% of the population of West Virginia (which has 1,852,994 people), making it the state's 104th most populous community.
With a 2010 count of 1,048 people, the population of Athens decreased 4.9% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,102 people).
More information can be found on the Census Page for Athens.
Communities Also Named Athens ...
Using our Gazetteer, we 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, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, 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.
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.
From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Athens was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<9>
We also found Athens on a map titled Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911).
For more details, see References and Mentions for Athens.
Off-the-Road Links ...
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This page was last modified/updated: 05 Sep 2023