Central, Tennessee

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Population in 2010: 2,279. Population change since 2000: -16.1%
Males: 1,074  (47.1%)
Females: 1,205  (52.9%)
Median resident age:  46.8 years
Tennessee median age:  38.6 years

Zip codes: 37601, 37643.

Central Zip Code Map
Estimated median household income in 2016: $26,834 (it was $28,598 in 2000)
Central:

$26,834
TN:

$48,547

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $18,613 (it was $16,893 in 2000)

Central CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $127,672 (it was $73,400 in 2000)
Central:

$127,672
TN:

$157,700

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $132,474; Detached houses: $144,540; Mobile homes: $61,916

Median gross rent in 2016: $656.

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  • Races in Central, TN (2010)

    Central races chart
    • 2,16995.2%White alone
    • 391.7%Hispanic
    • 361.6%Two or more races
    • 150.7%Black alone
    • 120.5%Asian alone
    • 50.2%American Indian alone
    • 20.09%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
    • 10.04%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Central: 84.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (44.2%), English (8.4%), Irish (7.8%), German (7.2%), French (1.9%), Scottish (1.0%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Land area: 4.29 square miles.

Population density: 531 people per square mile   (low).

Central,TN real estate house value index trend

Central, Tennessee map

For population 25 years and over in Central:

  • High school or higher: 69.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.5%
  • Unemployed: 4.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.0 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Central CDP:

  • Never married: 18.0%
  • Now married: 51.9%
  • Separated: 0.6%
  • Widowed: 12.8%
  • Divorced: 16.7%

29 residents are foreign born

This place:

1.3%
Tennessee:

4.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $627 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $696 (0.5%)

Central satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (4.2 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (113.0 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (464.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Pine Crest, TN (1.4 miles ), Watauga, TN (1.8 miles ), Elizabethton, TN (1.9 miles ), Johnson City, TN (2.0 miles ), Biltmore, TN (2.2 miles ), Midway, TN (2.6 miles ), Unicoi, TN (2.7 miles ), Tiger Valley, TN (2.9 miles ).

Latitude: 36.32 N, Longitude: 82.30 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 423

Central household income distribution Central home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.7%
Tennessee:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (22%)
  • Retail trade (22%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (7%)
  • Wholesale trade (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (22%)
  • Retail trade (18%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (11%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Sales and related occupations (19%)
  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Community and social service occupations (8%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (6%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (20%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (14%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (6%)

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

Average climate in Central, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Central-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 68% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/10/1980, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 9.0 miles away from the Central place center injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1957, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 14.0 miles away from the place center caused between $500 and $5000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Central-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 158.5 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 99.8 miles away from Central center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 169.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 60.4 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 64.2 miles away from Central center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 153.0 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 Carter County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Central topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Central:

  • COMCARE INC/KING SPRINGS (Hospital, about 2 miles away; JOHNSON CITY, TN)
  • JOHNSON CITY SPECIALTY HOSPITAL (Hospital, about 4 miles away; JOHNSON CITY, TN)
  • HILLVIEW HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • HERMITAGE HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • APPALACHIAN CHRISTIAN VILLAGE (Nursing Home, about 5 miles away; JOHNSON CITY, TN)
  • SYCAMORE SHOALS HOSPITAL Acute Care Hospitals (about 5 miles away; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; JOHNSON CITY, TN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Central:

  • East Tennessee State University (about 5 miles; Johnson City, TN; Full-time enrollment: 12,774)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 13 miles; Blountville, TN; FT enrollment: 4,480)
  • King University (about 20 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • Tusculum College (about 28 miles; Greeneville, TN; FT enrollment: 2,070)
  • Appalachian State University (about 36 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 52 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 54 miles; Morganton, NC; FT enrollment: 2,205)

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Notable locations in Central: Smalling Crossroads (A), Central Community Volunteer Fire Department (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Central include: Harbor Light Baptist Church (A), Sinking Creek Church (B), Cedar Grove Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Lawson Cemetery (1), Happy Valley Memorial Park (2), Buck Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: Sinking Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Central: Lions Field (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Carter County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate 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 28.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 14.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

28.6
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 8.47. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

8.47
U.S.:

9.35

Lead (Pb) [µg/m3] level in 2008 was 0.0520. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0520
U.S.:

0.0138
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 25.7%
(26.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 42.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.4 people
Tennessee:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  67.2%
Whole state:  67.3%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  5.9%
Whole state:  5.8%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

15.2
Tennessee average:

11.7

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

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Central CDP (based on Carter County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant24,745100
Mainline Protestant1,81713
Catholic2101
Black Protestant1181
Other11
None30,533-
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: 8
Carter County:

1.35 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Carter County:

0.68 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 29
Carter County:

4.90 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 25
Here:

4.23 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.9%
Tennessee:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Carter County:

32.0%
Tennessee:

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

11.2%
State:

13.5%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

62.2%
Tennessee:

48.2%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

65.6%
Tennessee:

44.4%

Average BMI:
Central:

27.3
Tennessee:

28.9

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

12.9%
State:

21.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Central:

6.9
Tennessee:

6.8

Overweight people:
Central:

29.1%
State:

33.9%

General health condition:
Central:

69.5%
Tennessee:

54.7%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

81.5%
Tennessee:

78.6%

More about Health and Nutrition of Central, TN Residents

5.95% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,111 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.95%
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 Washington County, TN  2.22% ($26,136 average AGI)
from Sullivan County, TN  0.72% ($24,413)
from Unicoi County, TN  0.26% ($31,608)


6.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($28,387 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.08%
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 Washington County, TN  2.22% ($27,972 average AGI)
to Sullivan County, TN  0.73% ($30,135)
to Unicoi County, TN  0.31% ($30,831)

Strongest AM radio stations in Central:

  • WETB (790 AM; 5 kW; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: MOUNTAIN SIGNALS, INC.)
  • WPWT (870 AM; daytime; 10 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: INFORMATION COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WKTP (1590 AM; 10 kW; JONESBOROUGH, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WHGG (1090 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIO)
  • WJCW (910 AM; 5 kW; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WBEJ (1240 AM; 1 kW; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: CB RADIO, INC.)
  • WHHQ (1520 AM; daytime; 1 kW; ELIZABETHTON, TN)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WEMB (1420 AM; 5 kW; ERWIN, TN; Owner: W E M B, INC.)
  • WFHG (980 AM; 5 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKIN (1320 AM; 5 kW; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Central:

  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • 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.)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRZK (95.9 FM; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, TN; Owner: MURRAY COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WUMC (90.5 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: MILLIGAN COLLEGE)
  • WCSK (90.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOLS BD. OF EDUC .)
  • WAEZ (94.9 FM; GREENEVILLE, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WKOS (104.9 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W249AH (97.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)

TV broadcast stations around Central:

  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • 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.)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

2
  • John Johnson, Spring Hill School, Edith-Central Rd (Lat: 35.651111 Lon: -89.123333), Type: 76.2, Overall height: 76.2 m, Registrant: 6157413826, Jjohnson@tnema.Org, 3041 SIDCO DR
  • John Johnson, Spring Hill School, Edith-Central Rd (Lat: 35.651111 Lon: -89.123333), Type: 76.2, Overall height: 76.2 m, Registrant: 6157413826, Jjohnson@tnema.Org, 3041 SIDCO DR

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • Water Tank (Lat: 35.805639 Lon: -89.533417), Call Sign: KWM804
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.015 MHzGrant Date: 11/27/2013, Expiration Date: 01/31/2024Registrant: Leggett Comuunications, 6600 U S Hwy 51 South, Henning, TN 38041, Phone: (731) 738-9191, Email:

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 partial tracts)
A) FHA, FSA/RHS & VA
Home Purchase Loans
B) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
C) Refinancings
D) Home Improvement Loans
E) Loans on Dwellings For 5+ Families
F) Non-occupant Loans on
< 5 Family Dwellings (A B C & D)
G) Loans On Manufactured
Home Dwelling (A B C & D)
NumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage ValueNumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED3$101,3237$97,60919$102,6923$50,2171$866,5802$136,3202$63,660
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$00$01$196,6501$6,0000$00$00$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$57,9901$34,00013$103,5793$57,5500$01$228,6402$45,330
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$01$37,3303$93,7700$00$00$00$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$00$00$00$00$00$00$0

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 0710.00

Private Mortgage Insurance Companies Aggregated Statistics For Year 2009
(Based on 3 partial tracts)
A) Conventional
Home Purchase Loans
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$79,990
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED0$0
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0

Detailed PMIC statistics for the following Tracts: 0710.00

Conventional Home Purchase Loans

Conventional Home Purchase Loans - Value

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (93%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)
  • Utility gas (2%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Central compared to Tennessee state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
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