Athens, West Virginia
Athens is a town in Mercer County
Mercer County, West Virginia
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, West Virginia
West Virginia
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, United States
United States
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. The population was 1,102 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Bluefield
Bluefield, West Virginia
Bluefield is a city in Mercer County, West Virginia, United States. The population was 10,447 at the 2010 census. It is also the core city of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,342.-Geography & Climate:...

The Commonwealth of Virginia , is a U.S. state on the Atlantic Coast of the Southern United States. Virginia is nicknamed the "Old Dominion" and sometimes the "Mother of Presidents" after the eight U.S. presidents born there...

 micropolitan area
Bluefield micropolitan area
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 which has a population of 107,578. It is the home of Concord University
Concord University
Concord University is a comprehensive, public, liberal arts institution located in Athens, West Virginia, United States, founded on February 28, 1872, when the West Virginia Legislature passed "an Act to locate a Branch State Normal School, in Concord Church, in the County of Mercer".Founded by...



Located near Athens is the Col. William Henderson French House
Col. William Henderson French House
Col. William Henderson French House, also known as "Legend Valley Farm," is a historic home located near Athens, Mercer County, West Virginia. It was built about 1855, and is a three story, frame dwelling with an ell with Greek Revival overtones...

, listed on the National Register of Historic Places
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 in 1976.


Athens is located at 37.423849°N 81.013363°W (37.423849, -81.013363).

According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km2), all land.


As of the census
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 of 2000, there were 1,102 people, 359 households, and 199 families residing in the town. The population density
Population density
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 was 2,549.5 inhabitants per square mile (989.5/km2). There were 414 housing units at an average density of 957.8 per square mile (371.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 92.29% White, 4.81% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.91% of the population.

There were 359 households out of which 20.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% were married couples
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 living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.3% were non-families. 32.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.74.

In the town the population was spread out with 12.7% under the age of 18, 40.1% from 18 to 24, 17.4% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24 years. For every 100 females there were 147.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 156.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,260, and the median income for a family was $45,694. Males had a median income of $28,214 versus $20,268 for females. The per capita income
Per capita income
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 for the town was $13,553. About 9.7% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.1% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.
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