Athens County was established in 1805. In 2010, the population reached 64,757 people, most of whom live near the county seat in the City of Athens. The county is located in the Appalachian foothills in Southeast Ohio.
In 1804, Ohio University opened its doors in Athens County as the first university in the Northwest Territory. Today, it is the ninth oldest public university in the country and still calls Athens County its home. One of Athens County’s most notable features is the scenic Hocking River. The river stretches for over 102 miles throughout seven counties in Southeastern Ohio, flowing through Athens County, where it is accompanied by a 19-mile biking and running path near Ohio University.
Some of Athens County’s major employers, include: Federal Hocking Local Schools, Hocking College, Nelsonville-York City Schools, O’Bleness Memorial Hospital, Ohio University, Rocky Boot Company, and SunPower.
Links to Athens County Local Websites:
Athens County Seat: The City of Athens
Athens Area Chamber of Commerce
Athens County Auditor
Athens County Children Services
Athens County Emergency Communications
Athens County Humane Society
Athens County Jobs and Family Services
Athens County Public Libraries
Athens County Sheriff's Office
Athens County Visitors Bureau
Athens County Health Department
City of Nelsonville
Village of Glouster: (740) 767-3497
Village of Chauncey: (740) 797-2031
Village of Albany: (740) 698-6127
The Ohio State University Extension - Athens
O'Bleness Memorial Hospital
Athens County Historical Society
Athens County Fair
Dairy Barn Arts Center
Hockhocking Adena Bikeway
*Photographs Courtesy of Chad Wilkins - Glenford, Ohio.