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Welcome to Athens ...

The town of Athens is located in Mercer County<1>.

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.

  • Bluefield
  • Princeton
  • Bluefield
  • Pearisburg
  • Hinton
  • Narrows
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Narrows
    • Narrows lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Athens.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,949 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Narrows have been provided by the GNIS.<8> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Narrows
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Narrows<7>
  • Rich Creek
  • Peterstown
  • Pocahontas
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pocahontas
    • Pocahontas lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Athens.
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 348 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pocahontas
  • Bramwell

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>

From that list, the Athens post office opened in 1896.

We also found Athens on a map titled Rand McNally Map of West Virginia (1911).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Athens.

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

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Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of West Virginia's counties, including Mercer, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Athens.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Athens - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<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 town (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 '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 AthensOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Athens. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.4247, Longitude: -81.0160    
<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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<9>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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