New Athens (/ˈeɪθənz/) is a village in St. Clair County, Illinois, United States. Based upon common usage, the ‘A’ is always sounded with a long vowel, rather than a short vowel, by its residents, unlike the most commonly used English pronunciation of the city in Greece.
New Athens is located at 38°19′22″N 89°52′29″W / 38.32278°N 89.87472°W / 38.32278; -89.87472 (38.322660, -89.874811).
According to the 2010 census, New Athens has a total area of 2.129 square miles (5.51 km), of which 1.92 square miles (4.97 km) (or 90.18%) is land and 0.209 square miles (0.54 km) (or 9.82%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,981 people, 774 households, and 541 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,148.3 people per square mile (442.1/km²). There were 819 housing units at an average density of 474.7 per square mile (182.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.98% White, 0.76% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.15% Pacific Islander, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.56% of the population.
There were 774 households out of which 33.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.7% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 26.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the village, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 9.3% from 18 to 24, 28.9% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.5 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $39,625, and the median income for a family was $49,236. Males had a median income of $36,307 versus $22,462 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,627. About 6.8% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.0% of those under age 18 and 6.7% of those age 65 or over.