Athens, Texas

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Athens is a city in Henderson County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 11,297. It is the county seat of Henderson County[3]. According to the Texas Legislature, Athens is the "Original Home of the Hamburger".[4] The city also calls itself the "Black-Eyed Pea Capital of the World."

Athens is the home of several churches, including the Southern Baptist Convention congregation, First Baptist Church, under pastor Dr. Kyle Henderson. FBC contributes to the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, a rival to the SBC which accents global missions. The main building and sanctuary are built in Federalist-style church architecture. The inside is decorated in gleaming white panels amidst dark wood accents and subdued red carpets/fabrics.[5]



Athens is located at 32°12′10″N 95°50′57″W / 32.20278°N 95.84917°W / 32.20278; -95.84917 (32.202782, -95.849140)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.0 km2), of which 14.6 square miles (37.8 km2) is land and 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2) (13.85%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 11,297 people, 4,110 households, and 2,807 families residing in the city. The population density was 772.8 people per square mile (298.3/km²). There were 4,549 housing units at an average density of 311.2/sq mi (120.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.14% White, 19.23% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 6.17% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 17.37% of the population.

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