Powell Valley, Tennessee

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Population in July 2007: 6,811.
Males: 3,308  (48.6%)
Females: 3,503  (51.4%)
Median resident age:  37.5 years
Tennessee median age:  35.9 years

Zip code: 37879

Estimated median household income in 2013: $34,210 (it was $26,544 in 2000)
Powell Valley:

$34,210
TN:

$44,297

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $18,125 (it was $12,572 in 2000)

Powell Valley CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $105,487 (it was $69,700 in 2000)
Powell Valley:

$105,487
TN:

$140,300
  • Races in Powell Valley, TN (2000)

    Powell Valley races chart
    • 6,33896.5%White alone
    • 1031.6%Two or more races
    • 661.0%Hispanic
    • 300.5%Black alone
    • 200.3%Asian alone
    • 100.2%American Indian alone
    • 10.02%Other race alone

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

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Powell Valley: 83.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1240 feet

Land area: 86.3 square miles.

Population density: 79 people per square mile   (very low).

Powell Valley, Tennessee map

For population 25 years and over in Powell Valley:

  • High school or higher: 63.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 9.3%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.6%
  • Unemployed: 11.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.4 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Powell Valley CCD:

  • Never married: 18.8%
  • Now married: 64.5%
  • Separated: 1.9%
  • Widowed: 7.1%
  • Divorced: 9.5%

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

Powell Valley CCD:  0.6% ($423)
Tennessee:  0.8% ($715)
Powell Valley satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Knoxville, TN (36.6 miles , pop. 173,890).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Fayette, KY (113.4 miles , pop. 260,512).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (424.7 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Clairfield, TN (2.7 miles ), Big Barren Creek, TN (2.9 miles ), Middlesborough, KY (3.1 miles ), Harrogate, TN (3.2 miles ), Pruden-Fonde, KY (3.2 miles ), Cumberland Gap, TN (3.2 miles ), Harrogate-Shawanee, TN (3.3 miles ), Sharps Chapel, TN (3.3 miles ).

Latitude: 36.49 N, Longitude: 83.79 W

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

7.1%
Tennessee:

5.7%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (9%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (8%)
  • Educational services (7%)
  • Wood products (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care (20%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Food and beverage stores (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4%)
  • Extraction workers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (7%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)

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

Average climate in Powell Valley, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Powell Valley-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 38% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/9/1988, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 8.1 miles away from the Powell Valley place center killed one person and injured 15 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 3/12/1967, a category F3 tornado 22.0 miles away from the place center .

Earthquake activity:

Powell Valley-area historical earthquake activity is near Tennessee state average. It is 78% 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 119.0 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 48.6 miles away from Powell Valley 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 262.4 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 172.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 114.5 miles away from Powell Valley center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 195.5 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 Claiborne County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 5, Winter Storms: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tornado: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Powell Valley:

  • MIDDLESBORO APPALACHIAN REGIONAL HEALTHCARE HOSPIT Acute Care Hospitals (about 9 miles away; MIDDLESBORO, KY)
  • MIDDLESBORO HEALTH CARE FACILITY (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; MIDDLESBORO, KY)
  • MIDDLESBORO ARH HOME HEALTH AGENCY (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; MIDDLESBORO, KY)
  • AMEDISYS HOME HEALTH CARE (Home Health Center, about 10 miles away; MIDDLESBORO, KY)
  • TRI STATE HEALTH AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; HARROGATE, TN)
  • APPALACHIAN DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, about 12 miles away; NEW TAZEWELL, TN)
  • LAUREL MANOR HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; NEW TAZEWELL, TN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Powell Valley:

  • Lincoln Memorial University (about 10 miles; Harrogate, TN; Full-time enrollment: 3,706)
  • University of the Cumberlands (about 27 miles; Williamsburg, KY; FT enrollment: 3,585)
  • Walters State Community College (about 36 miles; Morristown, TN; FT enrollment: 4,359)
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (about 38 miles; Knoxville, TN; FT enrollment: 25,483)
  • Pellissippi State Community College (about 43 miles; Knoxville, TN; FT enrollment: 7,271)
  • Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 56 miles; Cumberland, KY; FT enrollment: 2,196)
  • Somerset Community College (about 61 miles; Somerset, KY; FT enrollment: 4,698)

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Notable locations in Powell Valley: Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (A), Speedwell Volunteer Fire Department Station 2 (B), City of Harrogate Volunteer Fire Department Station 1 (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Powell Valley include: Flat Hollow Church (A), Flatwood Chapel (B), Powell Valley Church (C), Providence Church (D), Friendship Church (E), Gap Creek Church (F), Summey Bridge Church (G), Davis Creek Church (H), Town Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hunter Cemetery (1), Thomas Cemetery (2), Treece Cemetery (3), Watson Cemetery (4), Welch Cemetery (5), Kibert Cemetery (6), Wilson Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Templin Pond (A), Arthur Lake (B), Water Tank (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Lower Fall Branch (A), Keg Branch (B), Jordan Branch (C), Cawood Branch (D), Blairs Creek (E), Carr Branch (F), Yellow Branch (G), Upper Fall Branch (H), The Doublings Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Claiborne 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 71.1. This is about average.

City:

71.1
U.S.:

74.7

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2000 was 0.127. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.127
U.S.:

0.293

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 27.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 2.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.2
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 22.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.2
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.02. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.02
U.S.:

9.35
Average household size:
This place:  2.5 people
Tennessee:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  65.1%
Whole state:  69.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  3.6%
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: 0.2% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

23.7%
Whole state:

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

10.1%
Whole state:

5.8%
280 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:

15.5
Tennessee average:

13.3

Powell Valley travel time to work - commute Powell Valley mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Powell Valley CCD (based on Claiborne County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant18,14281
Mainline Protestant8609
Other4522
Catholic1101
None12,649-
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: 7
Claiborne County:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Claiborne County:

0.64 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

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

3.21 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Here:

2.89 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

11.2%
Tennessee:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Claiborne County:

30.0%
Tennessee:

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

16.4%
State:

13.5%

4.94% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($33,086 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.94%
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 Bell County, KY  0.90% ($31,452 average AGI)
from Knox County, TN  0.34% ($36,714)
from Campbell County, TN  0.22% ($25,826)


4.79% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,419 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.79%
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 Bell County, KY  0.94% ($25,320 average AGI)
to Knox County, TN  0.50% ($21,058)
to Campbell County, TN  0.28% ($17,414)

Strongest AM radio stations in Powell Valley:

  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WMIK (560 AM; 3 kW; MIDDLESBORO, KY; Owner: GATEWAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WRWB (740 AM; 1 kW; HARROGATE, TN; Owner: PINE HILLS OF TENNESSEE, INC.)
  • WNOX (990 AM; 10 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN)
  • WQBB (1040 AM; daytime; 10 kW; POWELL, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WFXY (1490 AM; 1 kW; MIDDLESBORO, KY; Owner: COUNTRY WIDE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WEKC (710 AM; daytime; 4 kW; WILLIAMSBURG, KY; Owner: GERALD PARKS)
  • WVLZ (1180 AM; daytime; 10 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: KIRKLAND WIRELESS BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • 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.)
  • WCRK (1150 AM; 5 kW; MORRISTOWN, TN; Owner: RADIO ACQUISITION CORP.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WFSR (970 AM; 5 kW; HARLAN, KY; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING COMPAY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Powell Valley:

  • WMIK-FM (92.7 FM; MIDDLESBORO, KY; Owner: GATEWAY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCTU (105.9 FM; TAZEWELL, TN; Owner: STAIR COMPANY, INC)
  • WIMZ-FM (103.5 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMM., CORP.)
  • WDVX (89.9 FM; CLINTON, TN; Owner: CUMBERLAND COMMUNITIES COMMUNI CORP.)
  • WRIL (106.3 FM; PINEVILLE, KY; Owner: PINE HILLS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WOKI-FM (100.3 FM; OAK RIDGE, TN; Owner: OAK RIDGE FM, INC.)
  • WUOT (91.9 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE)
  • WLMU (91.3 FM; HARROGATE, TN; Owner: LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY)
  • WEKX (102.7 FM; JELLICO, TN; Owner: WHITLEY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WIVK-FM (107.7 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WJXB-FM (97.5 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WWST (102.1 FM; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WBGQ (100.7 FM; BULLS GAP, TN; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING)
  • WJDT (106.5 FM; ROGERSVILLE, TN; Owner: C & S BROADCASTING)
  • WXJB (96.5 FM; HARROGATE, TN; Owner: JBD INCORPORATED)
  • WQLA-FM (104.9 FM; LA FOLLETTE, TN; Owner: LAFOLLETTE BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WRMX-FM (106.7 FM; NORRIS, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WYLV (89.1 FM; ALCOA, TN; Owner: FOOTHILLS BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSEH (102.7 FM; CUMBERLAND, KY; Owner: CUMBERLAND CITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WMXK (94.1 FM; MORRISTOWN, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Powell Valley:

  • 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.)
  • WDTT-LP (Channel 38; LENOIR CITY, TN; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WVLR (Channel 48; TAZEWELL, TN; Owner: VOLUNTEER CHRISTIAN TELEVISION, INC.)
  • WPXK (Channel 54; JELLICO, TN; Owner: PAXSON KNOXVILLE LICENSE, INC.)
  • W14AQ (Channel 14; HARROGATE, TN; Owner: LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY)
  • W18AN (Channel 18; HARROGATE, TN; Owner: LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (63%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15%)
  • Wood (10%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (9%)
  • Coal or coke (3%)

Powell Valley compared to Tennessee 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.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Powell Valley on our top lists:

  • #3 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Furniture and related product manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Food processing workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (population 5,000+)"
  • #7 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Health and personal care, except drug, stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Miscellaneous manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Extraction workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #10 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers (population 5,000+)"
  • #12 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Carpenters (population 5,000+)"
  • #13 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in other group homes (population 1,000+)"
  • #22 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Woodworkers (population 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Farm product raw materials merchant wholesalers (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Apparel (population 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Wood products (population 5,000+)"
  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Apparel (population 5,000+)"
  • #45 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Wood products (population 5,000+)"
  • #48 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Food and beverage stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #49 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Beverage and tobacco products (population 5,000+)"
  • #57 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Furniture and related product manufacturing (population 5,000+)"
  • #73 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: Fuel dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #80 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: Book stores and news dealers (population 5,000+)"
  • #51 (37879) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of United States first ancestries (pop 5,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #61 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of people without health insurance coverage in 2000"
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