In 2017, Buckeye Hills Regional Council invested $7.9 million in grants, loans, and services to strengthen Athens County in partnership with local officials.


Various Aging + Disability projects include:

  • 769 seniors served by Buckeye Hills programs

  • 89,372 meals served to seniors in need

  • 16 home accessibility modifications to ensure seniors can age at home

  • 364 seniors received vouchers through the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

  • 11 county-based service providers, 66 contracted service providers, and 311 local people employed

 

Various Community Development projects include:

  • Four Ohio Public Works State Capital Improvement/Local Transportation Improvement projects totaling $2.7 million

  • Three Appalachian Assistance projects totaling $750,000

  • Two Clean Ohio Conservation Fund projects totaling $228,610

  • $1.2 million from Appalachian Regional Commission POWER Grant for the Appalachian Ohio Innovation Gateway Network supporting Hocking College Nelsonville Innovation Gateway

  • Six data requests + projects



Population Change

In 2010, the population of Athens County was 64,757. In 2016, the population of Athens County increased to 65,103, according to Decennial Census and ACS Estimates.


Population projections

In 2010, the population of Athens County was 64,757. Over time, the population of Athens County is projected to increase to 66,720 in 2020 and then decrease by 2040 to 64,830, according to ODSA County Profiles.


percent unemployed

In 2010, the percent unemployed in Athens County was 10.6%. In 2017, the percent unemployed in Athens County decreased to 6.1%, according to Ohio Labor Market Information, Annual Averages.


Median Household Income

In 2011, the Median Household Income in Athens County was $33,546. In 2016, the Median Household Income in Athens County increased to $34,221, according to ACS Estimates.


percent in poverty

In 2011, the percent of the Athens County population in poverty was 31.5%. In 2016, the percent of the Athens County population in poverty decreased to 31.2%, according to ACS Estimates.


Population by age

According to ACS 2012-2016, the distribution of the Athens County population by age identifies the 18-24 age range as the highest and the 80+ age range the lowest.