Alpha, Tennessee

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Population in July 2007: 11,323.
Males: 5,619  (49.6%)
Females: 5,704  (50.4%)
Median resident age:  38.0 years
Tennessee median age:  35.9 years

Zip code: 37877

Estimated median household income in 2013: $53,951 (it was $44,079 in 2000)
Alpha:

$53,951
TN:

$44,297

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $24,709 (it was $20,396 in 2000)

Alpha CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $148,239 (it was $96,600 in 2000)
Alpha:

$148,239
TN:

$140,300

Mean prices in 2013: All housing units: $154,262; Detached houses: $157,043; Townhouses or other attached units: $528,773; In 2-unit structures: $134,563; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $116,389; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $150,039; Mobile homes: $54,316
  • Races in Alpha, TN (2000)

    Alpha races chart
    • 10,18195.6%White alone
    • 1781.7%Hispanic
    • 1021.0%Asian alone
    • 910.9%Black alone
    • 790.7%Two or more races
    • 140.1%American Indian alone
    • 20.02%Other race alone

Races in Alpha detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Alpha: 85.1 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1280 feet

Land area: 27.8 square miles.

Population density: 407 people per square mile   (low).

Alpha, Tennessee map

For population 25 years and over in Alpha:

  • High school or higher: 81.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 20.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.9%
  • Unemployed: 3.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Alpha CCD:

  • Never married: 15.7%
  • Now married: 70.2%
  • Separated: 0.9%
  • Widowed: 5.7%
  • Divorced: 8.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:

Alpha CCD:  0.5% ($500)
Tennessee:  0.8% ($715)
Alpha satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Knoxville, TN (33.5 miles , pop. 173,890).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fayette, KY (141.5 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (454.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Morristown, TN (2.5 miles ), Jefferson City, TN (2.5 miles ), White Pine, TN (2.8 miles ), Rutledge, TN (3.1 miles ), New Market, TN (3.1 miles ), Bean Station, TN (3.2 miles ), Dandridge, TN (3.2 miles ), Baneberry, TN (3.4 miles ).

Latitude: 36.18 N, Longitude: 83.40 W

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.3%
Tennessee:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (9%)
  • Transportation equipment (8%)
  • Construction (7%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Public administration (3%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Finance and insurance (7%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Social assistance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (3%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (3%)

Work and jobs in Alpha: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Alpha, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Alpha, Tennessee average temperatures Alpha, Tennessee average precipitation Alpha, Tennessee humidity Alpha, Tennessee wind speed Alpha, Tennessee snowfall Alpha, Tennessee sunshine Alpha, Tennessee clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Alpha-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 57% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/9/1988, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 32.2 miles away from the Alpha place center killed one person and injured 15 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 2/21/1993, a category F3 tornado 32.3 miles away from the place center injured 3 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Alpha-area historical earthquake activity is near Tennessee state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 143.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 41.0 miles away from Alpha center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 167.8 miles away from the city center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 171.4 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 292.5 miles away from Alpha center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 138.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Hamblen County (6) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 2, Heavy Rains: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Flash Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Alpha:

  • LIFE CARE CENTER OF MORRISTOWN (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • MORRISTOWN DIALYSIS CENTER (Dialysis Facility, about 5 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • COVENANT HOMECARE (Home Health Center, about 6 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • COVENANT HOMECARE HOSPICE (Hospital, about 6 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • HERITAGE CENTER, THE (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • LAKEWAY REGIONAL HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 6 miles away; MORRISTOWN, TN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Alpha:

  • Walters State Community College (about 9 miles; Morristown, TN; Full-time enrollment: 4,359)
  • Lincoln Memorial University (about 32 miles; Harrogate, TN; FT enrollment: 3,706)
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (about 34 miles; Knoxville, TN; FT enrollment: 25,483)
  • Tusculum College (about 36 miles; Greeneville, TN; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Pellissippi State Community College (about 46 miles; Knoxville, TN; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • University of the Cumberlands (about 58 miles; Williamsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 3,585)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 59 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)

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Notable locations in Alpha: Valley Home (A), Cedar Hill Dock (B), West Hamblen County Volunteer Fire Department (C), Allied EMS (D), Morristown Fire Department Station 5 (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Alpha include: Alpha Church (A), Cedar Hill Church (B), Panther Park Church (C), Panther Springs Church (D), Lebanon Church (E), Victory Church (F), Kidwell Ridge Church (G), Pleasant View Church (H), Victory Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hull Cemetery (1), Lawrence Cemetery (2), Bacon Cemetery (3), Martha Sunderland Cemetery (4), McFarland Cemetery (5), Cedar Grove Cemetery (6), Hickey Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Sugar Hollow Pond (A), Cluck Ponds (B), Masengill Lake (C), Panther Lake (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Hull Branch (A), Pearce Branch (B), Noe Creek (C), Poplar Spring Branch (D), Panther Creek (E), Moyer Branch (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Alpha: Panther Creek State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Hamblen County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 76.0. This is about average.

City:

76.0
U.S.:

74.7

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2006 was 4.41. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.41
U.S.:

6.40

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2006 was 4.50. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

4.50
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 33.8. This is about average. Closest monitor was 11.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

33.8
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 22.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 17.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.2
U.S.:

20.0
Average household size:
This place:  2.6 people
Tennessee:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  69.8%
Whole state:  69.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  2.8%
Whole state:  4.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

6.1%
Whole state:

13.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

2.3%
Whole state:

5.8%

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.8
Tennessee average:

13.3

Alpha travel time to work - commute Alpha mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Alpha CCD (based on Hamblen County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant32,80195
Mainline Protestant5,54418
Catholic1,9541
Other1,0103
Black Protestant3072
None20,928-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 13
Hamblen County:

2.11 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.16 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Hamblen County:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 36
Hamblen County:

5.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 30
Here:

4.87 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

12.2%
Tennessee:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Hamblen County:

29.4%
Tennessee:

30.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

17.0%
State:

13.5%

6.08% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,689 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.08%
Tennessee average:

6.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Jefferson County, TN  1.16% ($26,000 average AGI)
from Hawkins County, TN  0.56% ($69,322)
from Grainger County, TN  0.45% ($24,020)


5.94% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($32,777 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.94%
Tennessee average:

6.26%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Jefferson County, TN  1.11% ($27,552 average AGI)
to Knox County, TN  0.57% ($34,323)
to Grainger County, TN  0.37% ($23,975)

Strongest AM radio stations in Alpha:

  • WMTN (1300 AM; 5 kW; MORRISTOWN, TN)
  • WCRK (1150 AM; 5 kW; MORRISTOWN, TN; Owner: RADIO ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WLIK (1270 AM; 5 kW; NEWPORT, TN; Owner: WLIK, INC)
  • WNOX (990 AM; 10 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN)
  • WVLZ (1180 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: KIRKLAND WIRELESS BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WSEV (930 AM; 5 kW; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE RADIO GROUP, L.P.)
  • WRJZ (620 AM; 5 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: TENNESSEE MEDIA ASSOCIATES, INC)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WJFC (1480 AM; 1 kW; JEFFERSON CITY, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIO)
  • WQBB (1040 AM; daytime; 10 kW; POWELL, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)

Strongest FM radio stations in Alpha:

  • WMXK (94.1 FM; MORRISTOWN, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WIMZ-FM (103.5 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMM., CORP.)
  • WBGQ (100.7 FM; BULLS GAP, TN; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING)
  • WEZG (99.3 FM; JEFFERSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE RADIO GROUP, L.P.)
  • WIVK-FM (107.7 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWST (102.1 FM; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WJDT (106.5 FM; ROGERSVILLE, TN; Owner: C & S BROADCASTING)
  • WNPC-FM (92.9 FM; NEWPORT, TN; Owner: HARRIS BROADCASTING INC DBA WNPC INC)
  • WCTU (105.9 FM; TAZEWELL, TN; Owner: STAIR COMPANY, INC)
  • WOKI-FM (100.3 FM; OAK RIDGE, TN; Owner: OAK RIDGE FM, INC.)
  • WUOT (91.9 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)
  • WJXB-FM (97.5 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WMIK-FM (92.7 FM; MIDDLESBORO, KY; Owner: GATEWAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDVX (89.9 FM; CLINTON, TN; Owner: CUMBERLAND COMMUNITIES COMMUNI CORP.)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WSEV-FM (105.5 FM; GATLINBURG, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE RADIO GROUP, L.P.)

TV broadcast stations around Alpha:

  • WKOP-TV (Channel 15; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WBIR-TV (Channel 10; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: GANNETT PACIFIC CORPORATION)
  • WVLT-TV (Channel 8; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: WVLT LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WATE-TV (Channel 6; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: WATE, G.P.)
  • WTNZ (Channel 43; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WEEE-LP (Channel 32; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WEZK-LP (Channel 28; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WVLR (Channel 48; TAZEWELL, TN; Owner: VOLUNTEER CHRISTIAN TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W61DG (Channel 61; MORRISTOWN, TN; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WDTT-LP (Channel 38; LENOIR CITY, TN; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WJZC-LP (Channel 22; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WETP-TV (Channel 2; SNEEDVILLE, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (76%)
  • Utility gas (18%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3%)
  • Wood (2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (1%)

Alpha compared to Tennessee state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.

Alpha on our top lists:

  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Furniture and related product manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #2 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Furniture and related product manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Woodworkers (population 5,000+)"
  • #21 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the smallest percentage of likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households) (population 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Office supplies and stationery stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Vending machine operators (population 5,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Paper (population 5,000+)"
  • #36 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Miscellaneous nondurable goods merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Transportation equipment (population 5,000+)"
  • #54 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most people driving a car to work alone (population 5,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Religious workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #66 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Food processing workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #67 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Carpenters (population 5,000+)"
  • #69 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Music stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Paper (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Vending machine operators (population 5,000+)"
  • #74 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (population 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Miscellaneous manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Wood products (population 5,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Leather and allied products (population 5,000+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #100 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
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