Why Choose Athens?

Are you looking for a great place to call home or do business? Then you should really consider Athens, Texas. Surrounded by beautiful rolling hills, our residents have unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreation. Boating, fishing, water sports, hunting and camping are just a few of the activities outside our back door...and our front door for that matter.

Need more? Athens continues to grow even in tough economic times. The city and county have both seen an increase in population over the years and our retail sales continue to rise along with those numbers, showing that our economy is resilient and growing.


The Athens Economic Development Corporation will enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Athens, Texas by leading and facilitating economic growth.


In May 1990, voters elected to permit the collection of a half-cent sales tax to fund the economic growth of Athens. Following the May election, Athens Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) was created on October 8, 1990. These funds can be used to assist companies with infrastructure, relocation, training, and other needs. In 2005, Athens Economic Development Corporation became a Type B Corporation which provides for broader uses of the funds received.