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Athens, West Virginia

Athens is a town located in Mercer County, West Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,102.

Geography Athens is located at 37°25'26" North, 81°0'48" West (37.423849, -81.013363)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²). 1.1 km² (0.4 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 1,102 people, 359 households, and 199 families residing in the town. The population density is 989.5/km² (2,549.5/mi²). There are 414 housing units at an average density of 371.7/km² (957.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 92.29% White, 4.81% African American, 0.18% Native American, 1.54% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 0.91% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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

In the town the population is 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 are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 24 years. For every 100 females there are 147.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 156.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $27,260, and the median income for a family is $45,694. Males have a median income of $28,214 versus $20,268 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,553. 20.7% of the population and 9.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.1% are under the age of 18 and 9.6% are 65 or older.

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