Athens, TX

Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA)

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2022 Population
82,627
1.11% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Cornyn
Republican Party
US Senator
Ted Cruz
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
43.9
0.458% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
14.8%
13.2% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$59,778
15% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$159,600
26.6% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
33,667
5.92% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Athens, TX had a population of 82.6k people with a median age of 43.9 and a median household income of $59,778. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Athens, TX grew from 81,717 to 82,627, a 1.11% increase and its median household income grew from $51,963 to $59,778, a 15% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Athens, TX are White (Non-Hispanic) (75.8%), White (Hispanic) (7.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.56%), Two+ (Hispanic) (5.11%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.67%).

None of the households in Athens, TX reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

97% of the residents in Athens, TX are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Athens, TX are Trinity Valley Community College (225308) (1,424 degrees awarded in 2022).

In 2022, the median property value in Athens, TX was $159,600, and the homeownership rate was 76%.

Most people in Athens, TX drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 29.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Athens, TX was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Athens, TX is home to a population of 82.6k people, from which 97% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.68% of Athens, TX residents were born outside of the country (3.87k people).

In 2022, there were 10.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (62.6k people) in Athens, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.87k White (Hispanic) and 4.59k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97%
2022 Citizenship
96.8%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97% of Athens, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Athens, TX was 96.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Athens, TX
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    62.6k ± 368
  2. White (Hispanic)
    5.87k ± 771
  3. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    4.59k ± 374
14%
Hispanic Population
11.5k people

In 2022, there were 10.7 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (62.6k people) in Athens, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.87k White (Hispanic) and 4.59k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

14% of the people in Athens, TX are hispanic (11.5k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Athens, TX as a share of the total population.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    2,430,315 ± 36,649 people
  2. India
    305,649 ± 13,502 people
  3. El Salvador
    224,600 ± 11,591 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,430,315 Texas residents, followed by India with 305,649 and El Salvador with 224,600.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.68%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
3.87k people
4.76%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
3.89k people

As of 2022, 4.68% of Athens, TX residents (3.87k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Athens, TX was 4.76%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    2,278 ± 281
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,023 ± 317
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    986 ± 252

Athens, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.23 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Athens, TX employs 33.7k people. The largest industries in Athens, TX are Retail Trade (3,697 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,616 people), and Construction (3,331 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($96,176), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($73,668), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($72,083).

Males in Texas have an average income that is 1.38 times higher than the average income of females, which is $58,213. The income inequality in Texas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.476, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

33.7k
2022 Value
± 1,461
5.92%
1 Year growth
± 5.97%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Athens, TX grew at a rate of 5.92%, from 31.8k employees to 33.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Athens, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (3,861 people), Management Occupations (3,691 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (2,955 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Athens, TX.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

33.7k
2022 Value
± 1,461
5.92%
1 Year growth
± 5.97%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Athens, TX grew at a rate of 5.92%, from 31.8k employees to 33.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Athens, TX, are Retail Trade (3,697 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (3,616 people), and Construction (3,331 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Athens, TX, though some of these residents may live in Athens, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$45,059
Median earning men ± $1,977
$31,778
Median earning women ± $2,537

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Educational Services, & Health Care & Social Assistance ($54,688), Wholesale Trade ($53,848), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($52,604).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Construction ($55,956), Public Administration ($47,060), and Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($45,000).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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4.59%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 13.8M people employed in Texas. This represents a 4.59% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 9.63%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Texas.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 438
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 320
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 297
    Retail Trade

The visualization shows the distribution of establishments by industry and by size according to the number of employees.

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Texas went to Donald J. Trump with 52.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (46.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.12%).

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing the state of Texas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Texas is currently represented by 38 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Texas

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John Cornyn
Senator from Texas2
Assumed office on December 2, 2002
Phil Gramm resigned (effective November 30, 2002) a few weeks before the expiration of his term in hopes that his successor, fellow Republican John Cornyn, could gain seniority over other newly elected senators. However, Cornyn did not gain additional seniority due to a 1980 Rules Committee policy.
Ted Cruz
Senator from Texas1
Assumed office on January 3, 2013

John Cornyn and Ted Cruz are the senators currently representing Texas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Texas over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Texas

Texas is currently represented by 38 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Texas have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Athens, TX awarded 1,424 degrees. The student population of Athens, TX in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 2,119 male students and 3,243 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Athens, TX are White (742 and 52.5%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (333 and 23.6%), Black or African American (227 and 16.1%), and Unknown (72 and 5.09%).

The largest universities in Athens, TX by number of degrees awarded are Trinity Valley Community College (225308) (1,424 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Athens, TX are Liberal Arts & Sciences (707 and 49.6%), Registered Nursing (156 and 11%), and General Cosmetology (114 and 8.01%).

The median tuition cost in Athens, TX for a public four year colleges is $1,170 for in-state students and $4,500 for out-of-state students.

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 5,362 students enrolled in Athens, TX, 39.5% men and 60.5% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 2,769 records, of which 62.2% were women and 37.8% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 34 degrees awarded
  2. 707 degrees awarded
  3. 100 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Athens, TX was General Education with 34 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Athens, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
1,424 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Trinity Valley Community College (225308) with 1,424 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 548 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Athens, TX, which is 0.626 times less than the 876 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 742 degrees mean that there were 2.23 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 333 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Public, 4-year or above ($1,170) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($3,750) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Public, 4-year or above ($1,746) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

The graph shows the average net price by sector and year.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.59% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 1.53% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (5.7M), Some college (4.97M), and Bachelors Degree (4.2M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Athens, TX was $159,600 in 2022, which is 0.566 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $126,100 to $159,600, a 26.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Athens, TX is 76%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Athens, TX have an average commute time of 29.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Athens, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Athens, TX is $59,778. In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Athens, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $121,303, followed by Collin County, TX and Glasscock County, TX, with respective values of $113,255 and $112,188.

Property

$159,600
Median Property Value 2022
±$9,776
$24,300
Median Property Taxes
±$1,133

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Athens, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

76%
Homeownership
2022
62.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 76% of the housing units in Athens, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.8%.

This chart shows the percentage of owner in Athens, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2022, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Athens, TX was Rockwall County, TX with a value of $121,303, followed by Collin County, TX and Glasscock County, TX, with respective values of $113,255 and $112,188.

The following map shows all of the counties in Athens, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$59,778
Median Household Income
± $2,599
32k
Number of Households
± 1,376

In 2022, the median household income of the 32k households in Athens, TX grew to $59,778 from the previous year's value of $51,963.

The following chart displays the households in Athens, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Athens, TX is from Texas.
0.476
2022 Wage GINI in Texas
0.476
2021 Wage GINI in Texas

In 2022, the income inequality in Texas was 0.476 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0231% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Texas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (78.9%)
  2. Carpooled (10.6%)
  3. Worked At Home (7.82%)

In 2022, 78.9% of workers in Athens, TX drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.6%) and those who worked at home (7.82%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

29.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Athens, TX have a longer commute time (29.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 5.75% of the workforce in Athens, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Athens, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Athens, TX have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

14.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Athens, TX (12k out of 81.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 35 - 44, followed by Males 12 - 14 and then Males 55 - 64.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Athens, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

81.3% of the population of Athens, TX has health coverage, with 33.2% on employee plans, 17.3% on Medicaid, 17.2% on Medicare, 11.8% on non-group plans, and 1.76% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Texas see 1629 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.792% decrease from the previous year (1642 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1660 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 759 patients per year.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,629 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Texas

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,629 patients per year. This represents a 0.792% decrease from the previous year (1,642 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Texas in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.9% under 18 years, 17.8% between 18 and 34 years, 37.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 22% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.7% were men and 51.3% were women.

The following chart shows the number of people with health coverage by gender.

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Uninsured People

18.7%
Uninsured
33.2%
Employer Coverage
17.3%
Medicaid
17.2%
Medicare
11.8%
Non-Group
1.76%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Athens, TX grew by 1.96% from 18.4% to 18.7%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Athens, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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