Turtletown, Tennessee

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Population in July 2007: 1,555.
Males: 775  (49.8%)
Females: 780  (50.2%)
Median resident age:

40.8 years
Tennessee median age:

35.9 years

Zip code: 37333

Estimated median household income in 2017: $32,763 (it was $21,779 in 2000)
Turtletown:

$32,763
TN:

$51,340

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $23,624 (it was $14,806 in 2000)

Turtletown CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $106,354 (it was $55,500 in 2000)
Turtletown:

$106,354
TN:

$167,500
March 2019 cost of living index in Turtletown: 81.6 (low, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Turtletown, TN (2000)
    • 1,55897.8%White alone
    • 281.8%Two or more races
    • 50.3%American Indian alone
    • 20.1%Hispanic

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



According to our research of Tennessee and other state lists, there were 6 registered sex offenders living in Turtletown, Tennessee as of May 29, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Turtletown is 259 to 1.


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Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1520 feet

Land area: 54.9 square miles.

Population density: 28 people per square mile   (very low).

Turtletown, Tennessee map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Turtletown CCD:

0.6% ($316)
Tennessee:

0.8% ($715)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Chattanooga, TN (52.9 miles , pop. 155,554).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (94.9 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (498.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Ducktown, TN (2.7 miles ),
Copperhill, TN (3.1 miles ),
McCaysville, GA (3.2 miles ),
Epworth, GA (3.6 miles ),
Mineral Bluff, GA (3.8 miles ),
Higdon-Mobile, GA (3.8 miles ),
Tellico Plains, TN (4.1 miles ),
Etowah, TN (4.2 miles )

Latitude: 35.13 N, Longitude: 84.34 W

Distribution of median household income in Turtletown, TN in 2017
Turtletown satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.9%
Tennessee:

3.3%
Most common industries in Turtletown, TN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (13.3%)
  • Apparel (8.7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (7.3%)
  • Health care (7.2%)
  • Public administration (6.5%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (5.8%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (21.6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (10.2%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (7.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (7.0%)
  • Truck transportation (6.2%)
  • Utilities (4.9%)
  • Public administration (4.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Apparel (20.1%)
  • Health care (18.8%)
  • Miscellaneous manufacturing (10.9%)
  • Public administration (10.0%)
  • Finance & insurance (8.7%)
  • Educational services (7.0%)
  • Textile mills & textile products (3.5%)
Most common occupations in Turtletown, TN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (14.5%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (7.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7.3%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5.3%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (3.2%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3.2%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (11.9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (11.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6.2%)
  • Supervisors, construction and extraction workers (5.1%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.1%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (33.2%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (11.8%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (4.8%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.9%)

Average climate in Turtletown, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Turtletown, Tennessee average temperatures Turtletown, Tennessee average precipitation Turtletown, Tennessee humidity Turtletown, Tennessee wind speed Turtletown, Tennessee snowfall Turtletown, Tennessee sunshine Turtletown, Tennessee clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2007 was 6.59. This is significantly better than average.

City:

6.59
U.S.:

74.20
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2007 was 1.61. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

1.61
U.S.:

1.79

Tornado activity:

Turtletown-area historical tornado activity is slightly below Tennessee state average. It is 4% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 12.7 miles away from the Turtletown place center killed 4 people and injured 26 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 tornado 30.7 miles away from the place center killed 9 people and injured 67 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Turtletown-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Tennessee state average. It is 80% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 85.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 50.8 miles away from Turtletown center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 136.8 miles away from the city center
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 213.7 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 302.2 miles away from the city center
On 1/18/1999 at 07:00:53, a magnitude 4.8 (4.8 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 205.0 miles away from Turtletown 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 Polk County (15) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 9, Floods: 8, Tornadoes: 6, Flash Floods: 2, Winds: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Fire: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowfall: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Turtletown:

  • Lee University (about 31 miles; Cleveland, TN; Full-time enrollment: 4,422)
  • Cleveland State Community College (about 31 miles; Cleveland, TN; FT enrollment: 2,500)
  • Southern Adventist University (about 41 miles; Collegedale, TN; FT enrollment: 2,898)
  • Dalton State College (about 45 miles; Dalton, GA; FT enrollment: 3,846)
  • University of North Georgia (about 47 miles; Dahlonega, GA; FT enrollment: 12,445)
  • Chattanooga State Community College (about 51 miles; Chattanooga, TN; FT enrollment: 6,827)
  • Roane State Community College (about 55 miles; Harriman, TN; FT enrollment: 4,302)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Turtletown: Mountain Spur (A), The Loop (B), Buck Bald Lookout (C), East Polk County Fire and Rescue Station 2 (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Turtletown include: Turtletown Baptist Church (A), Zion Hill Church (B), Croft Chapel (C), Maple Grove Church (D), Mount Carmel Church (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Threewit Cemetery (1), Neal Chapel Cemetery (2), Butler Cemetery (3), Brock Cemetery (4), Spurling Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Negro Creek (A), Turtletown Creek (B), Watertank Branch (C), West Fork Butler Branch (D), West Fork Hiwassee River (E), Wolf Creek (F), Womble Branch (G), Bear Branch (H), Jenkins Grave Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Polk County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Turtletown and their reported violations in the past:

COPPER BASIN UTILITY DISTRICT (Population served: 2,710, Surface water):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Chlorine. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (AUG-08-2011), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-08-2011), St Compliance achieved (2 times from SEP-30-2011 to JUN-15-2012)
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - In OCT-2009, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (NOV-30-2009), St Public Notif requested (DEC-01-2009), St Violation/Reminder Notice (DEC-01-2009)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between APR-2009 and JUN-2009, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-12-2009), St Public Notif requested (AUG-24-2009), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-24-2009), St Public Notif received (MAY-15-2010)
  • Monitoring, Routine (IDSE) - Between APR-2009 and JUN-2009, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Compliance achieved (AUG-12-2009), St Public Notif requested (AUG-24-2009), St Violation/Reminder Notice (AUG-24-2009), St Public Notif received (MAY-15-2010)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between APR-2008 and JUN-2008, Contaminant: CARBON, TOTAL. Follow-up actions: St Violation/Reminder Notice (JUL-31-2008), St Public Notif requested (JUL-31-2008), St Compliance achieved (SEP-30-2008)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
Average household size:
This place:

2.4 people
Tennessee:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

63.1%
Whole state:

69.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

2.6%
Whole state:

4.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.0% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

18.6%
Whole state:

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

9.2%
Whole state:

5.8%

For population 15 years and over in Turtletown:

Marital status in Turtletown, TN
  • Never married: 19.1%
  • Now married: 62.5%
  • Separated: 1.7%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 10.7%

For population 25 years and over in Turtletown:

  • High school or higher: 54.2%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 4.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.5%
  • Unemployed: 3.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 31.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

17.3
Tennessee average:

13.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Turtletown, TN (based on Polk County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant10,65853
Mainline Protestant6445
Catholic1901
Other-1
None5,333-
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: 2
This county:

1.28 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
Here:

7.68 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Here:

5.12 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Polk County:

12.7%
State:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

31.3%
Tennessee:

30.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.1%
Tennessee:

13.5%

7.28% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($38,525 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.28%
Tennessee average:

6.65%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Bradley County, TN  2.37% ($35,219 average AGI)
to McMinn County, TN  0.80% ($30,543)
to Fannin County, GA  0.71% ($25,780)

Strongest AM radio stations in Turtletown:

  • WFLI (1070 AM; 50 kW; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: WFLI, INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WKRK (1320 AM; 5 kW; MURPHY, NC; Owner: RADFORD COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WFTD (1080 AM; daytime; 50 kW; MARIETTA, GA; Owner: PRIETO ENTERPRISES, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMLB (1160 AM; 50 kW; EAST POINT, GA; Owner: ATLANTA AREA BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGUN (1010 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: WGUN, INC.)
  • WAZX (1550 AM; 50 kW; SMYRNA, GA; Owner: GA-MEX BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDUN (550 AM; 10 kW; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: JWJ PROPERTIRS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Turtletown:

  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W234AG (94.7 FM; CHATSWORTH, GA; Owner: IMMANUEL BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WLLJ (103.1 FM; ETOWAH, TN; Owner: FRIENDSHIP BROADCASTING LLC.)
  • WCNG (102.7 FM; MURPHY, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WIVK-FM (107.7 FM; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WWST (102.1 FM; SEVIERVILLE, TN; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WOKI-FM (100.3 FM; OAK RIDGE, TN; Owner: OAK RIDGE FM, INC.)
  • WUSY (100.7 FM; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WPPL (103.9 FM; BLUE RIDGE, GA; Owner: FANNIN COUNTY BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WYGO (99.5 FM; MADISONVILLE, TN; Owner: MAJOR BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WQMT (98.9 FM; CHATSWORTH, GA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WJSQ (101.7 FM; ATHENS, TN; Owner: JAMES C. SLIGER)
  • WALV (95.3 FM; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: J. L. BREWER BROADCASTING OF CLEVELAND, LLC)
  • WCLE-FM (104.1 FM; CALHOUN, TN; Owner: WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WNSY (100.1 FM; TALKING ROCK, GA; Owner: CHARLES A. MCCLURE)
  • WLOD-FM (98.3 FM; SWEETWATER, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WOCE (93.1 FM; BENTON, TN; Owner: LB RADIO OF CHATTANOOGA, LLC)
  • W250AJ (97.9 FM; COPPERHILL, TN; Owner: JOHN REYNOLDS)

TV broadcast stations around Turtletown:

  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WFLI-TV (Channel 53; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: CHATTANOOGA MEDIA HOLDINGS, L.L.C.)
  • WDTT-LP (Channel 38; LENOIR CITY, TN; Owner: WORD OF GOD FELLOWSHIP, INC.)
  • WPDP-LP (Channel 25; CLEVELAND, TN; Owner: WDSI LICENSE CORP.)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

6
  • Call Sign: KA6USA, Previous Call Sign: KK6NE, Licensee ID: L01296567, Grant Date: 06/26/2007, Expiration Date: 09/17/2017, Cancellation Date: 05/14/2010, Registrant: Charles R Pharis, 459 Padgett Lane, Turtletown, TN 37391
  • Call Sign: KD4OPO, Grant Date: 12/01/1992, Expiration Date: 12/01/2002, Cancellation Date: 12/02/2004, Registrant: Wayne E Hall, Rt 1 Box 1114, Turtletown, TN 37391
  • Call Sign: KF4DRR, Licensee ID: L00995061, Grant Date: 08/25/2015, Expiration Date: 09/29/2025, Certifier: Christopher D Thompson, Registrant: Christopher D Thompson, 1181 New Stansbury Rd, Turtletown, TN 37391
  • Call Sign: KG4DPA, Licensee ID: L00275482, Grant Date: 05/19/2009, Expiration Date: 06/06/2019, Registrant: Matthew D Deal, 1125 Kimsey Dairy Rd, Turtletown, TN 37317
  • Call Sign: WA4USA, Previous Call Sign: KA6USA, Licensee ID: L01296567, Grant Date: 05/14/2010, Expiration Date: 05/14/2020, Certifier: Charles R Pharis, Registrant: Charles R Pharis, 459 Padgett Lane, Turtletown, TN 37391
  • Call Sign: KM4ZFG, Licensee ID: L02065399, Grant Date: 11/22/2016, Expiration Date: 11/22/2026, Certifier: Michael G Turner, Registrant: Michael G Turner, 157 Beaver Cove Rd, Turtletown, TN 37391

Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Turtletown, TN
  • 33.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 31.9%Electricity
  • 26.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 5.2%Wood
  • 2.6%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Turtletown, TN
  • 50.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 21.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 20.8%Electricity
  • 6.7%Wood


Turtletown compared to Tennessee state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value 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.
  • 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.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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