Athens, AL has a population of 24,461 and is the 1,780th largest city in the United States. The population density is 614 per sq mi which is 567% higher than the Alabama average and 577% higher than the national average. The median age in Athens is 39 which is approximately 2% higher than the Alabama average of 39. In Athens, 58% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 91% speak English and 6% speak Spanish. 66% of Athens residents were born in Alabama, 28% were born out of state, 1% were born outside of the United States and 6% were foreign born.