Athens, Pennsylvania

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Athens is a borough in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, two miles (3 km) south of the N. Y. State line on the Susquehanna and Chemung rivers. Population in 1900, 3,749; and in 1910, 3,796. The population was 3,415 at the 2000 census. Athens is also in a small area called 'The Valley,' a group of three communities in New York and Pennsylvania, Waverly, New York, Sayre, and Athens Pennsylvania. With a population near 30,000.


Athens is located at 41°57′50″N 76°31′21″W / 41.96389°N 76.5225°W / 41.96389; -76.5225 (41.963809, -76.522608)[1].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), of which 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km2) (3.28%) is water.


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,415 people, 1,427 households, and 857 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,934.9 people per square mile (749.2/km²). There were 1,500 housing units at an average density of 849.9/sq mi (329.1/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 97.83% White, 0.91% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.23% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 1,427 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.3% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the borough the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 79.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.5 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $32,246, and the median income for a family was $42,837. Males had a median income of $33,625 versus $22,361 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $20,874. About 9.0% of families and 11.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 18.0% of those age 65 or over.

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