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Athens is a city in Limestone County, in the Huntsville metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for the ancient city of Greece.
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Alabama named Athens. For links to other places called Athens, AL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Athens is 34.802N. The longitude is -86.971W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 722 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 19,869.
During the Civil War, city was occupied by Union troops and was the site of heavy fighting.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Athens demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Limestone County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Huntsville area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 35611 ZIP code.
8% of Athens residents report German ancestry, and 11% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Athens ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Athens was $19,315, compared with $21,587 nationally.
25% of Athens residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Dates often change. Check with local tourism officials to be sure.
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Median rent in Athens, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $299. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $821.
Libraries in Athens include Athens-Limestone Public Library ... View libraries
Limestone County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Athens political report.
The average commute time for Athens workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
A total of 8 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Athens between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
This is a rate of 4.2 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.
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