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Welcome to Athens ...

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

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

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Athens has a population of 897 people<3> (see below for details).

Athens is 2,590 feet [789 m] above sea level.<4> In other words, the elevation 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)<5>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Athens had an population of 897 people. This is a decrease of 14.41% since the 2010 Census (or a decrease of 18.6% 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 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, 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 [Mercer County]
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    • Bluefield [Mercer County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<6> to the southwest of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2019: 9,629 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<7>
  • Princeton [Mercer County]
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Princeton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Princeton
    • Princeton [Mercer County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<6> to the southwest of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2019: 5,675 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Princeton<7>
  • Bluefield [Tazewell County]
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    • Bluefield [Tazewell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the southwest of Athens
    • Estimated population in 2019: 4,837 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bluefield<7>
  • Pearisburg [Giles County]
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    • Hinton [Summers County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hinton have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinton
      • Hinton [Summers County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<6> to the northeast of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,357 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hinton<7>
    • Narrows [Giles County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Narrows have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Narrows
      • Narrows [Giles County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<6> to the southeast of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2019: 1,952 people
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      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Narrows<7>
    • Rich Creek [Giles County]
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rich Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<2> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rich Creek
      • Rich Creek [Giles County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<6> to the east of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2019: 741 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Rich Creek
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Rich Creek<7>
    • Peterstown [Monroe County]
    • Pocahontas [Tazewell County]
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      • Pocahontas [Tazewell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<6> to the southwest of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2019: 353 people
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    • Bramwell [Mercer County]
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      • Bramwell [Mercer County] lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<6> to the southwest of Athens
      • Estimated population in 2019: 337 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bramwell
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bramwell<7>

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.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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About Mercer County

About West Virginia

Off-the-Road Links ...

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 West Virginia: https://www.wv.gov/

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>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 (681) is an overlay for area code (304).
<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 (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Athens. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, 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: 37.4231, Longitude: -81.0160       In this case, the coordinates for Athens have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<7>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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