Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee

Submit your own pictures of this place and show them to the World

  • OSM Map
  • Google Map
  • MSN Map
Population in July 2007: 19,335.
Males: 9,681  (50.1%)
Females: 9,654  (49.9%)
Median resident age:  38.7 years
Tennessee median age:  35.9 years

Zip code: 37618

Estimated median household income in 2015: $44,167 (it was $35,249 in 2000)
Bluff City-Piney Flats:

$44,167
TN:

$47,275

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $24,735 (it was $18,690 in 2000)

Bluff City-Piney Flats CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $126,349 (it was $78,000 in 2000)
Bluff City-Piney Flats:

$126,349
TN:

$150,600

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $151,468; Detached houses: $168,584; Townhouses or other attached units: $93,954; In 2-unit structures: $55,200; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $288,764; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $90,241; Mobile homes: $48,424
  • Races in Bluff City-Piney Flats, TN (2000)

    Bluff City-Piney Flats races chart
    • 18,95298.4%White alone
    • 830.4%Black alone
    • 780.4%Two or more races
    • 680.4%Hispanic
    • 330.2%American Indian alone
    • 380.2%Asian alone
    • 70.04%Other race alone
    • 40.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Bluff City-Piney Flats detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Bluff City-Piney Flats: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Recent articles from our blog. Our writers, many of them Ph.D. graduates or candidates, create easy-to-read articles on a wide variety of topics.

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 107.6 square miles.

Population density: 180 people per square mile   (very low).

For population 25 years and over in Bluff City-Piney Flats:

  • High school or higher: 73.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.8%
  • Unemployed: 4.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Bluff City-Piney Flats CCD:

  • Never married: 16.8%
  • Now married: 67.2%
  • Separated: 1.6%
  • Widowed: 5.9%
  • Divorced: 10.0%

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

Bluff City-Piney Flats CCD:  0.6% ($492)
Tennessee:  0.8% ($715)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (11.7 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (117.9 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (456.2 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Bluff City, TN (1.3 miles ), Blountville, TN (2.5 miles ), Biltmore, TN (2.6 miles ), Walnut Hill, TN (2.7 miles ), Bristol, TN (2.7 miles ), Watauga, TN (2.7 miles ), Hunter, TN (2.8 miles ), Elizabethton, TN (3.0 miles ).

Latitude: 36.47 N, Longitude: 82.24 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 423

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.9%
Tennessee:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (13%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (4%)
  • Truck transportation (4%)
  • Health care (3%)
  • Accommodation and food services (3%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (3%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (3%)

Work and jobs in Bluff City-Piney Flats: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee average temperatures Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee average precipitation Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee humidity Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee wind speed Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee snowfall Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee sunshine Bluff City-Piney Flats, Tennessee clear and cloudy days

Tornado activity:

Bluff City-Piney Flats-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 71% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/10/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 19.5 miles away from the Bluff City-Piney Flats place center injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 tornado 31.9 miles away from the place center killed one person and injured 4 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bluff City-Piney Flats-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Tennessee state average. It is 80% 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 152.2 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 106.6 miles away from Bluff City-Piney Flats center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 49.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 53.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 180.1 miles away from Bluff City-Piney Flats center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 146.7 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Sullivan County (6) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 4
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 2, Tornadoes: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Bluff City-Piney Flats:

  • CAMBRIDGE HOUSE, THE (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BRISTOL, TN)
  • WELLMONT HOSPICE (Hospital, about 8 miles away; BRISTOL, TN)
  • SYCAMORE SHOALS HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 9 miles away; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • FMC BRISTOL (Dialysis Facility, about 9 miles away; BRISTOL, TN)
  • IVY HALL NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 9 miles away; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • BRISTOL NURSING HOME (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; BRISTOL, TN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bluff City-Piney Flats:

  • Northeast State Community College (about 10 miles; Blountville, TN; Full-time enrollment: 4,480)
  • King University (about 10 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 14 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • Tusculum College (about 36 miles; Greeneville, TN; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Appalachian State University (about 36 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 55 miles; Cumberland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,196)
  • Walters State Community College (about 60 miles; Morristown, TN; FT enrollment: 4,359)

Click to draw/clear place borders

Notable locations in Bluff City-Piney Flats: Camp Sky-Wa-Mo (A), Low Gap Campground (B), Tri-City Speedway (C), Hall Ridge Dock (D), Gross (E), Sportsman Dock (F), Island Park (G), Piney Flats Siding (H), Bluff City Fire Department (I), East Sullivan County Volunteer Fire Department (J), Avoca Volunteer Fire Department (K), Hickory Tree Volunteer Fire Department (L), Piney Flats Volunteer Fire Department (M). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bluff City-Piney Flats include: Saint Paul Church (A), Enterprise Church (B), Edgefield Church (C), Poplar Ridge Church (D), Lick Creek Church (E), Hall Ridge Church (F), Sunrise Church (G), Beidleman Church (H), Bethel Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Sanders Cemetery (1), Webb Cemetery (2), Kidwell Cemetery (3), Adkinson Cemetery (4), Lindamood Cemetery (5), Arrants Cemetery (6), Bare Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Underwood Park Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Linville Branch (A), Morrell Creek (B), Sinking Branch (C), Underwood Spring Branch (D), Warren Branch (E), Weaver Creek (F), Webb Spring Branch (G), Beaver Creek (H), Beidleman Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Bluff City-Piney Flats: Island Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Sullivan 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 63.0. This is about average.

City:

63.0
U.S.:

74.7

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 28.7. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.7
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.46. This is about average. Closest monitor was 10.6 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.46
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0520. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 4.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0520
U.S.:

0.0138
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Tennessee:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  66.3%
Whole state:  69.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  3.7%
Whole state:  4.2%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

10.8%
Whole state:

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

5.0%
Whole state:

5.8%
13 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000
4 people in other group homes in 2000

Educational Attainment (%) in 2000

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2000

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.5
Tennessee average:

13.3

Bluff City-Piney Flats travel time to work - commute Bluff City-Piney Flats mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

2004 Presidential Elections Results

2008 Presidential Elections Results

2012 Presidential Elections Results

2016 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Bluff City-Piney Flats CCD (based on Sullivan County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant61,602206
Mainline Protestant21,58674
Catholic2,2451
Other1,3688
Black Protestant8017
Orthodox1401
None69,081-
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: 20
Sullivan County:

1.30 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 2
This county:

0.13 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
Sullivan County:

0.39 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 75
Sullivan County:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 91
Here:

5.93 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

13.5%
Tennessee:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Sullivan County:

30.2%
Tennessee:

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

9.4%
State:

13.5%

5.54% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($34,775 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.54%
Tennessee average:

6.50%

0.03% of residents moved from foreign countries ($433 average AGI)
Sullivan County:

0.03%
Tennessee average:

0.03%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Washington County, TN  1.00% ($32,121 average AGI)
from Hawkins County, TN  0.66% ($27,995)
from Bristol city, VA  0.37% ($25,958)


5.23% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($33,166 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.23%
Tennessee average:

6.26%

0.04% of residents moved to foreign countries ($149 average AGI)
Sullivan County:

0.04%
Tennessee average:

0.05%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Washington County, TN  1.06% ($32,307 average AGI)
to Hawkins County, TN  0.55% ($29,715)
to Bristol city, VA  0.34% ($20,985)

Strongest AM radio stations in Bluff City-Piney Flats:

  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WPWT (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WHGG (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIO)
  • WBCV (1550 AM; 5 kW; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: SUNSHINE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WFHG (980 AM; 5 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WJCW (910 AM; 5 kW; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WETB (790 AM; 5 kW; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: MOUNTAIN SIGNALS, INC.)
  • WKTP (1590 AM; 10 kW; JONESBOROUGH, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKIN (1320 AM; 5 kW; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHHQ (1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • WBEJ (1240 AM; 1 kW; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: CB RADIO, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bluff City-Piney Flats:

  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WRZK (95.9 FM; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: MURRAY COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WCSK (90.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOLS BD. OF EDUC .)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WKOS (104.9 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • W223AA (92.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WAXM (93.5 FM; BIG STONE GAP, VA; Owner: VALLEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WFHG-FM (92.7 FM; ABINGDON, VA; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bluff City-Piney Flats:

  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WOPI-CA (Channel 9; BRISTOL,VA/KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKPT-TV (Channel 19; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WJHL-TV (Channel 11; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WAPK-CA (Channel 36; BRISTOL,VA/KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKPT-LP (Channel 25; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (80%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (6%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Utility gas (4%)

Bluff City-Piney Flats compared to Tennessee state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly 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.

Bluff City-Piney Flats on our top lists:

  • #9 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Electronic shopping and mail-order houses (population 5,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 100 least racially diverse cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #17 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (population 5,000+)"
  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (population 5,000+)"
  • #47 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Machinery (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Electronic shopping and mail-order houses (population 5,000+)"
  • #51 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Metal workers and plastic workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Nonmetallic mineral products (population 5,000+)"
  • #58 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Department and other general merchandise stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #68 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Paper (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Alcoholic beverages merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Laborers and material movers, hand (population 5,000+)"
  • #87 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Motor vehicle and parts dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #93 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Assemblers and fabricators (population 5,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Metal and metal products (population 5,000+)"
  • #94 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Nonmetallic mineral products (population 5,000+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Metal workers and plastic workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #95 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Printing and related support activities (population 5,000+)"
  • #101 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Plant and system operators (population 5,000+)"
  • #1 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the worst general health status score of residents (1-5), 3 years of data"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents that exercised in the past month"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #56 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 counties with highest percentage of residents voting for Romney (Republican) in the 2012 Presidential Election (pop. 50,000+)"
Cost of Living Calculator

State forum archive: