Athens, TX

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Population

79,687

0.598% growth

Median Age

43.8


Median Household Income

$44,888

3.35% growth

Poverty Rate

18%


Number of Employees

31,087

1.39% growth

Median Property Value

$99,000

5.21% growth

About

In 2017, Athens, TX had a population of 79.7k people with a median age of 43.8 and a median household income of $44,888. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Athens, TX grew from 79,213 to 79,687, a 0.598% increase and its median household income grew from $43,434 to $44,888, a 3.35% increase.

The population of Athens, TX is 78.9% White Alone, 12.1% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.56% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Athens, TX speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Athens, TX are Trinity Valley Community College (1,354 degrees awarded in 2016).

The median property value in Athens, TX is $99,000, and the homeownership rate is 75.4%. Most people in Athens, TX commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Athens, TX is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Athens, TX employs 31.1k people. The largest industries in Athens, TX are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,010 people), Retail Trade (3,835 people), and Construction (3,317 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,895), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,026), and Utilities ($53,300).

Median household income in Athens, TX is $44,888. Males in Athens, TX have an average income that is 1.41 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,959. The income inequality in Athens, TX (measured using the Gini index) is 0.482, which is higher than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$44,888

2017 value

± $1,447

3.35%

1 Year Growth

± 4.59%

Households in Athens, TX have a median annual income of $44,888, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $43,434 in 2016, which represents a 3.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$64,953

Average Male Salary

± $716

$45,959

Average Female Salary

± $514

In 2017, full-time male employees in Texas made 1.41 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $64,947 ± $2,196

  2. White

    $52,072 ± $505

  3. American Indian

    $45,538 ± $7,571

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Texas workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Athens, TX is from Texas.

0.482

2017 Wage GINI

0.482

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Texas was 0.482 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.139% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Texas was higher than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed less evenly in Texas in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Texas across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

In 2017, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Athens, TX was Collin County, TX with a value of $94,933, followed by Rockwall County, TX and Fort Bend County, TX, with respective values of $94,848 and $90,845.

The following map shows all of the counties in Athens, TX colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Athens, TX (14k out of 78.1k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Females 45 - 54.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    11,761 ± 720

  2. Hispanic

    2,705 ± 372

  3. Black

    1,718 ± 304

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Athens, TX is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

31.1k

2017 Value

± 1,235

1.39%

1 Year growth

± 5.53%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Athens, TX grew at a rate of 1.39%, from 30.7k employees to 31.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Athens, TX, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,114 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,991 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,848 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Athens, TX.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Athens, TX, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (4,114 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,991 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (2,848 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Athens, TX has an unusually high number of residents working as Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.84 times higher than expected), Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.8 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Athens, TX, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($69,899), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($61,598), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($61,534).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

31.1k

2017 Value

± 1,235

1.39%

1 Year growth

± 5.53%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Athens, TX grew at a rate of 1.39%, from 30.7k employees to 31.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Athens, TX, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,010 people), Retail Trade (3,835 people), and Construction (3,317 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Athens, TX, though some of these residents may live in Athens, TX and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Athens, TX, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,010 people), Retail Trade (3,835 people), and Construction (3,317 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other msas, Athens, TX has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (5.58 times higher than expected), Construction (1.7 times), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.63 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Athens, TX, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($72,895), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($54,026), and Utilities ($53,300).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $282B

  2. $216B

  3. $159B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas product (by dollars) was Fuel oils with $282B, followed by Gasoline ($216B) and Mixed freight ($159B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Texas products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$1.97T

2015 Value

$2.8T

Projected 2045 Value

42.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Texas trade was $1.97T. This is expected to increase 42.1% to $2.8T by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Texas trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Texas to other states, or from other states to Texas.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $85.7B

  2. $53.4B

  3. $34.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Texas domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Louisiana with $85.7B, followed by Oklahoma with $53.4B and California and $34.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Texas shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

80.8% of the population of Athens, TX has health coverage, with 33.9% on employee plans, 15.8% on Medicaid, 16.9% on Medicare, 12.2% on non-group plans, and 2% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the msa of Athens, TX was $6,998 in 2014. This is a 5.06% increase from the previous year ($6,661).

Primary care physicians in Athens, TX see 1670 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1672 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1790 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1012 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14.5%). Additionally, Angelina County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.6%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

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1,670 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Texas see an average of 1,670 patients per year. This represents a 0.12% decrease from the previous year (1,672 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$6,998

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,696

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$7,273

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,895

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Texas (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.06%, from $6,661 to $6,998.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

19.2%

Uninsured

33.9%

Employer Coverage

15.8%

Medicaid

16.9%

Medicare

12.2%

Non-Group

2%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Athens, TX declined by 4.12% from 20% to 19.2%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Athens, TX changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 14.5% prevalence

  2. 14.4% prevalence

  3. 14.3% prevalence

Cass County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Texas, at 14.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Texas by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Athens, TX is home to a population of 79.7k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.55% of Athens, TX residents were born outside of the country (4.42k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Athens, TX is composed of 62.9k White Alone residents (78.9%), 9.67k Hispanic or Latino residents (12.1%), 5.22k Black or African American Alone residents (6.56%), 684 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.858%), 603 Two or More Races residents (0.757%), 528 Asian Alone residents (0.663%), 53 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0665%), and 33 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0414%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Athens, TX are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

40

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Athens, TX was 43.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Athens, TX are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Athens, TX residents was 44.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.55%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

4.42k people

5.64%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

4.46k people

As of 2017, 5.55% of Athens, TX residents (4.42k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Athens, TX was 5.64%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    2,547,886 ± 37,324 people

  2. India

    231,271 ± 11,757 people

  3. El Salvador

    200,904 ± 10,964 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Texas was Mexico, the natal country of 2,547,886 Texas residents, followed by India with 231,271 and El Salvador with 200,904.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

95.6%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of Athens, TX residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Athens, TX was 95.6%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    62.9k ± 31

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    9.67k ± 709

  3. Black or African American Alone

    5.22k ± 141

In 2017, there were 6.51 times more White Alone residents (62.9k people) in Athens, TX than any other race or ethnicity. There were 9.67k Hispanic or Latino and 5.22k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Athens, TX as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Athens, TX citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Athens, TX was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Athens, TX are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    2,795 ± 314

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    712 ± 152

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    581 ± 153

Athens, TX has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.93 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Athens, TX awarded 1,354 degrees. The student population of Athens, TX is skewed towards women, with 2,003 male students and 2,735 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Athens, TX are White (784 and 57.9%), followed by Black or African American (260 and 19.2%), Hispanic or Latino (246 and 18.2%), and Two or More Races (45 and 3.33%).

The largest universities in Athens, TX by number of degrees awarded are Trinity Valley Community College (1,354 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Athens, TX are Liberal Arts & Sciences (522 and 38.6%), Welding Technology (121 and 8.94%), and Registered Nursing (101 and 7.46%).

The median tuition costs in Athens, TX are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 522 degrees awarded

  2. 101 degrees awarded

  3. 16 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Athens, TX was Liberal Arts & Sciences with 522 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Athens, TX according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

1,354 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Athens, TX institution with the largest number of graduating students was Trinity Valley Community College with 1,354 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

676

Degrees Awarded to Men

678

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 676 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Athens, TX, which is 0.997 times less than the 678 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    784 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    260 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    246 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Athens, TX were to White students. These 784 degrees mean that there were 3.02 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 260 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Athens, TX was $99,000 in 2017, which is 0.455 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $94,100 to $99,000, a 5.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Athens, TX is 75.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Athens, TX have an average commute time of 29.4 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Athens, TX is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$44,888

Median Household Income

± $1,447

30.5k

Number of Households

± 1,091

In 2017, the median household income of the 30.5k households in Athens, TX grew to $44,888 from the previous year's value of $43,434.

The following chart displays the households in Athens, TX distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$99,000

2017 Median

± $4,793

$94,100

2016 Median

± $4,219

In 2017, the median property value in Athens, TX grew to to $99,000 from the previous year's value of $94,100.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Athens, TX compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens, TX the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Athens, TX distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Athens, TX the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

75.4%

2017 Homeownership

74.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 75.4% of the housing units in Athens, TX were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Athens, TX compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Athens, TX distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Athens, TX have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

29.4 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Athens, TX have a longer commute time (29.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 7.11% of the workforce in Athens, TX have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82%

  2. Carpooled

    12%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.02%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Athens, TX was Drove Alone (82%), followed by those who Carpooled (12%) and those who Worked At Home (4.02%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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