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Athens, Louisiana - Basic Facts

The Village of Athens had a population of 290 as of July 1, 2020. Athens ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Louisiana. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Athens is located at latitude 32.6504 and longitude -93.0257 in Claiborne Parish. The formal boundaries for the Village of Athens encompass a land area of 2.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Claiborne Parish is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 302 feet.

The Village of Athens (GNIS ID: 2407411) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Athens is located within Parish Governing Authority District 5, a minor civil division (MCD) of Claiborne Parish.


Athens, LA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 290 (100%)
Population in Households 290 (100.0%)
Population in Families 241 (83.1%)
Population in Group Quarters1 0
Population Density 83
Diversity Index2 54


Median Household Income $31,489
Average Household Income $55,312
% of Income for Mortgage4 10%
Per Capita Income $22,706
Wealth Index5 52


Total HU (Housing Units) 166 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 97 (58.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 27 (16.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 42 (25.3%)
Median Home Value $73,077
Average Home Value $142,347
Housing Affordability Index3 283


Total Households 124
Average Household Size 2.34
Family Households 85
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different races or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.1% -0.42%
Households 0.24% -0.32%
Families 0.35% -0.48%
Median Household Income   0.81%
Per Capita Income   2.68%
Owner Occupied HU   -0.42%


Athens, LA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Athens to the other 474 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Louisiana by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 413 13th
Population Density # 440 7th
Median Household Income # 360 24th
Housing Affordability Index # 397 84th
Per Capita Income # 233 51st
Diversity Index # 130 73rd

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