Athens has been classic since 1818 when it incorporated as a city even before Alabama became a state! The City of Athens has grown into a commercial and industrial hub of over 26,000 residents. You will find commercial growth on the interstate and highway corridors, quaint mom-and-pop stores on The Square, and job growth at area industrial parks. Athens consistently ranks high in categories such as safe city, best suburb, best place to retire, and best public high school. One of the most charming qualities of Athens is The Square. Going to The Square is an experience. Lives have been spent grabbing an ice cream cone, strolling the sidewalks, or resting on a bench under the dogwood trees. It’s the place to find the perfect outfit or become mesmerized by the toy train winding through a window display at the hardware store. The historic Limestone County Courthouse is the backdrop for parades, high school pep rallies, storytelling, and art events and is surrounded by a retail area to shop for the unique and dine on divine cuisine.