Athens, WV Population

Population: 1,102. Estimated population in July 2020: 1,182 (+7.3% change)
Males: 657 (59.6%), Females: 445 (40.4%)

Mercer County

Zip code: 24712

Median resident age: 23.8 years
Median household income: $27,260
Median house value: $71,700

Races in Athens:

  • White Non-Hispanic (91.7%)
  • Black (4.8%)
  • Two or more races (1.1%)
  • Hispanic (0.9%)
  • Asian Indian (0.7%)

Ancestries: English (16.2%), Irish (12.7%), German (12.0%), United States (6.5%), Scottish (2.4%), Italian (2.2%).

Elevation: 2597 feet

Land area: 0.4 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Athens

  • High school or higher: 84.4%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 32.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 17.3%
  • Unemployed: 33.5%
  • Mean travel time to work: 22.2 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Athens town

  • Never married: 33.1%
  • Now married: 46.2%
  • Separated: 9.7%
  • Widowed: 5.8%
  • Divorced: 5.3%

0.3% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +359 (+48.3%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Athens:

  • HEALTHSOUTH SOUTHERN HILLS REHAB HOS (about 6 miles; PRINCETON, WV)
  • PRINCETON COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (about 6 miles; PRINCETON, WV)
  • BLUEFIELD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 18 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV)

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Athens:

  • RALEIGH COUNTY MEMORIAL (about 26 miles; BECKLEY, WV; Abbreviation: BKW)
  • GREENBRIER VALLEY (about 53 miles; LEWISBURG, WV; Abbreviation: LWB)
  • ROANOKE REGIONAL/WOODRUM FIELD (about 73 miles; ROANOKE, VA; Abbreviation: ROA)
Other public-use airports nearest to Athens:

  • MERCER COUNTY (about 17 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Abbreviation: BLF)
  • NEW RIVER VALLEY (about 32 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Abbreviation: PSK)
  • WELCH MUNI (about 35 miles; WELCH, WV; Abbreviation: I25)
Amtrak station near Athens:

  • 20 miles: HINTON (FRONT ST.). Services: enclosed waiting area, free short-term parking, free long-term parking.

Colleges and Universities

College/University in Athens:

  • CONCORD COLLEGE (Full-time enrollment: 2,723; Location: PO BOX 1000; Public; Website: www.concord.edu)
Other colleges/universities with over 2000 students near Athens:

  • BLUEFIELD STATE COLLEGE (about 18 miles; BLUEFIELD, WV; Full-time enrollment: 2,096)
  • NEW RIVER COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 33 miles; DUBLIN, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,262)
  • RADFORD UNIVERSITY (about 38 miles; RADFORD, VA; Full-time enrollment: 8,034)
  • VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIV (about 49 miles; BLACKSBURG, VA; Full-time enrollment: 25,754)
  • SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 60 miles; RICHLANDS, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,412)
  • NATIONAL BUSINESS COLLEGE (about 66 miles; SALEM, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,382)
  • WEST VIRGINIA STATE COLLEGE (about 71 miles; INSTITUTE, WV; Full-time enrollment: 3,688)
Public primary/middle school in Athens:

  • ATHENS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 482; Location: ROUTE 20 STATE STREET; Grades: PK – 08)