The Info List - Athens, Texas

Athens is a city in Henderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 12,710.[6] It is the county seat of Henderson County.[7] The city has called itself the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World."[8] Athens was selected as one of the first "Certified Retirement Communities" in Texas.[9] It was named after Athens, Alabama, by one of the early residents who came from there.[10]


1 Geography 2 Demographics 3 Government

3.1 Local government 3.2 State and federal representation 3.3 Education

4 Notable people 5 Climate 6 References 7 External links

Geography[edit] Athens is located in central Henderson County at 32°12′10″N 95°50′57″W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917 (32.202782, -95.849140).[11] According to the United States
United States
Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.2 square miles (49.7 km2), of which 16.8 square miles (43.6 km2) are land and 2.4 square miles (6.1 km2), or 12.32%, are water.[6]

Nearby municipalities

(72 miles) Kaufman (40 miles) Canton (25 miles)

Corsicana (37 miles)


Tyler (36 miles)

Cayuga (20 miles) Palestine (34 miles) Frankston (23 miles)

Demographics[edit] As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 12,710 people, 4,110 households, and 2,807 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.8 people per square mile (298.3/km²). There were 4,549 housing units at an average density of 311.2 per square mile (120.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.14% White, 19.23% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.17% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino people of any race were 17.37% of the population. There were 4,110 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 15.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% are classified as non-families by the United States
United States
Bureau. Of 4,110 households, 131 are unmarried partner households: 106 heterosexual, 14 same-sex male, and 11 same-sex female households. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.13. In the city, the population was spread out with 26.4% under the age of 18, 11.6% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 19.1% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.3 males. The median income for a household in the city was $29,372, and the median income for a family was $35,359. Males had a median income of $27,388 versus $19,375 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,561. About 14.7% of families and 18.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.5% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over. Government[edit] Local government[edit]

Athens City
Hall at 508 E. Tyler St.

According to the city's most recent Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the city’s various funds had $8.0 million in revenues, $8.6 million in expenditures, and $4.2 million in total assets, $0.7 million in total liabilities, and $0.7 million in cash and investments.[12] The structure of the management and coordination of city services is:[13]

Railroad Park in downtown Athens

department Director

Manager Elizabeth Borstad

Assistant City
Manager / Director of Community Services Thanasis Kombos

Secretary Bonnie Hambrick

Director of Finance Mandie Quigg

Director of Human Resources Jennifer Robertson

Chief of Police Michael D. Hill, Jr.

Fire Chief John McQueary

Director of Development Services Barbara Holly

Director of Public Services Ryan Adams

Prosperity Bank in downtown Athens

State and federal representation[edit] The Texas
Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Athens District Parole Office in Athens.[14] The United States
United States
Postal Service operates the Athens Post Office.[15] Education[edit] The city of Athens is served by the Athens Independent School District and is home to the Athens High School Hornets. The main campus of Trinity Valley Community College
Trinity Valley Community College
is located in Athens.

Downtown Athens

First Baptist Church

Notable people[edit]

Fred Agnich, Texas
businessman, rancher, state legislator from Dallas; owned a wildlife preserve near Athens[16] Pete Donohue, Major League Baseball pitcher Jakeem Grant, NFL wide receiver for Miami Dolphins William R. Hawn, businessman, sportsman William Wayne Justice, former United States
United States
District Court judge Terrence McGee, NFL cornerback for Buffalo Bills[17] Clint W. Murchison, Jr., businessman and founder of the Dallas
Cowboys football team[18] Cord Pool, guitarist for rock band Texas
Hippie Coalition Sid W. Richardson, native of Athens, Texas, oilman, cattleman, philanthropist James C. Spencer, former member of Texas
House of Representatives, 1939–1941, 1947–1949,[19] later Henderson county judge Stuart Spitzer, surgeon in Kaufman, Texas, and incoming Republican member of the Texas
House of Representatives, born in Athens in 1967[20] Barron Tanner, former NFL defensive lineman

Climate[edit] The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Athens has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[21] References[edit]

Historical population

Census Pop.

1860 240

1870 545


1880 368


1890 1,035


1910 2,261

1920 3,176


1930 4,342


1940 4,765


1950 5,194


1960 7,086


1970 9,582


1980 10,197


1990 10,967


2000 11,297


2010 12,710


Est. 2016 12,811 [3] 0.8%

U.S. Decennial Census[22]

^ "Welcome to Athens Texas". City
of Athens, Texas. Retrieved February 9, 2017.  ^ "State and County Quick Facts". United States
United States
Bureau. Retrieved March 3, 2015.  ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States
United States
Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States
United States
Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census
Summary File
1 (G001): Athens city, Texas". American Factfinder. U.S. Census
Bureau. Retrieved February 9, 2018.  ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.  ^ Popik, Barry. "Barry Popik". www.barrypopik.com. Retrieved 2018-02-15.  ^ http://www.athenscc.org/relocate.htm ^ A Memorial and Biographical History of Navarro, Henderson, Anderson, Limestone, Freestone and Leon Counties, Texas. Chicago: Lewis Publishing Company. 1893. p. 207. Retrieved 28 September 2014.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States
United States
Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ 2006-07 CAFR Archived November 15, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 2009-06-10 ^ City
of Athens website Retrieved 2016-12-20 ^ "Parole Division Region I Archived 2011-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.." Texas
Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010. ^ "Post Office Location - ATHENS." United States
United States
Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010. ^ "Fred R. Agnich Papers". lib.utexas.edu. Retrieved September 20, 2013.  ^ "Buffalo Bills: Terrence McGee". Buffalo Bills. 2017. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved October 25, 2017.  ^ Helen Markel. "A Business Of 'brim'", Sports Illustrated, May 21, 1956. ^ "Legislative Reference Library of Texas: James C. Spencer". lrl.state.tx.us. Retrieved March 16, 2011.  ^ "About Stuart Spitzer". stuartspitzer.com. Archived from the original on April 4, 2015. Retrieved December 3, 2014.  ^ Climate Summary for Athens, Texas ^ " Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 


External links[edit]

of Athens official website Athens Chamber of Commerce Athens Economic Development Corp. Athens, TX from the Handbook of Texas
Online Bill HCR-15 of the Texas
State Legislature (November 2006) designating Athens as the "Original Home of the Hamburger"

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County seat: Athens


Athens Brownsboro Chandler Eustace Gun Barrel City Log Cabin Malakoff Moore Station Murchison Seven Points‡ Star Harbor Tool Trinidad


Berryville Caney City Coffee City Enchanted Oaks Mabank‡ Payne Springs Poynor

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Centreville Corinth


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