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  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    C
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    A+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B+
  9. Cost of Living
    A-
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    C+
  12. Commute
    B-
Athens is a town in Texas with a population of 12,677. Athens is in Henderson County. Living in Athens offers residents a sparse suburban feel and most residents own their homes. Many families live in Athens and residents tend to lean conservative. The public schools in Athens are above average.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$87,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$795
National
$949
Area Feel
Sparse Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    44%
  • Own
    56%
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Athens Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    267.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    7.9
    6.1
  • Rape
    63
    40.7
  • Robbery
    94.5
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    629.7
    500.1
  • Theft
    1,409
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    212.5
    284

Residents

Diversity
A+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    17%
  • 10-17 years
    11%
  • 18-24 years
    10%
  • 25-34 years
    12%
  • 35-44 years
    12%
  • 45-54 years
    10%
  • 55-64 years
    10%
  • 65+ years
    17%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    9%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    26%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    18%
    13%

Working in Athens

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$37,445
National
$55,322
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Athens is my home town. Growing up in Athens is horrible! There was nothing to do ever! For older people, I'm sure this town is amazing. For the rest of us, we make an exit to a bigger area that offers more. As for jobs and good money, they don't exist! You have to know people to make it in this town. I'm an Athens native and would not recommend living here.
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Athens is a small, East Texas town, sat directly in the middle of Henderson County. The center of town, the square, has some small businesses, but most have moved outside of the center. In the square, you will find the Athens history museum, the Railway Cafe, an excellent place to have lunch, the Athens Brewery, who specialize in craft brews, and a few Art exhibits. In the center of it all is the county courthouse, a beautiful 3 story building that serves as the seat of the presiding county judge. As it is East Texas, you will find no shortage of shade. A few key attractions are the Arboretum, a beautiful nature preserve, the Athens Fisheries, where fish are bred and families picnic, and the Come and Take It, a reseller for craft brews and exotic wines. Athens has a good balance between a city, such as Tyler, and a small town, such as Edom. The small nature of the town makes commutes short and easy, usually riding the highway to your destination.
Beautiful historic homes, courthouse in center of town is well over 100 years old, well managed beautiful botanical garden, and is the county seat for Henderson county. Lots of antique shops to visit. Some areas have a beautiful view of Cedar Creek lake well know for tourists. The nastalgic scenery is amazing. For those fitness buffs there is also the Cane center for working out and an indoor pool along with a scenic hiking trail. Its a beautiful little town with lots to offer those of any age.