Grainger County, Tennessee (TN)

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County population in 2012: 22,706 (all rural); it was 20,659 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,599
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,703
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,917
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,727 (it was 1,353 in 2000)
% of renters here:

16%
State:

32%

Land area: 280 sq. mi.

Water area: 22.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 81 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Grainger County: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (24.7%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.1%), Construction (19.7%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 15%
  • Government: 6%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 78%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Grainger County, Tennessee:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.0%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.9%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
Tennessee median age:  38.0 years
Males: 11,286  (45.4%)
Females: 11,371  (54.6%)
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Grainger County,TN real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Grainger County:

2.0 people
Tennessee:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $35,676 ($27,997 in 1999)

This county:

$35676
Tennessee:

$44297

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $349 (lower quartile is $262, upper quartile is $603)
This county:

$349
State:

$589


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $92,122 (it was $65,200 in 2000)
Grainger:

$92,122
Tennessee:

$140,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $53,448 - $154,689
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $871
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $271

Institutionalized population: 149

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $167,600
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $176,400
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $180,100

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results


Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $648 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $602 (0.7%)

Grainger County household income distribution in 2009 Grainger County home values distribution Grainger County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.3%
(18.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 31.2% for Black residents, 15.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 52.0% for other race residents, 54.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 19.1%
Grainger County:

19.1%
Tennessee:

17.8%
(18.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.9% for Black residents, 15.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 46.5% for other race residents, 55.7% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 43 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 44 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 62 years old, Asian residents: 30 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 28 years old, Other race residents: 16 years old)

Area name: Morristown, TN MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Grainger County is $394 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $473 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $620 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bean Station, Washburn, Blaine, Thorn Hill, Rutledge.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Grainger County: Indian Cave (A), Indian Ridge (B), Coffman Camp (C), Combs Cattle Farm (D), Central Point (E), Narrow Valley (F), Gilmore Dock (G), German Creek Dock (H), German Creek Cabin Area (I), Southern Dock (J), Wa-Ni Boat Dock (K), May Springs Campground (L), Greenlee Campground (M), Buffalo Springs State Hatchery (N), Red House (O), Dutch (P), Shirley Crossing (Q), Black Fox (R), Henry Crossing (S), Cornette Dock (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Grainger County include: Salem Church (A), Fairview Church (B), Locust Grove Church (C), Mount Pleasant Church (D), Chestnut Grove School (E), Coffey Chapel (F), Dutch Valley Church (G), Grace Church (H), Leaven Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Hopson Cemetery (1), Talley Cemetery (2), Scott Cemetery (3), Thomas Cemetery (4), Seymoure Cemetery (5), Jim Walker Cemetery (6), Johnson Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Cave Pond (A), Wolfe Lake (B), Highland Springs Cove Lake (C), Morgan Lake (D), Lea Lake (E), Corbin Lake (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Machine Branch (A), Joe Mill Creek (B), Indian Creek (C), Honey Creek (D), Hogskin Creek (E), Higgs Branch (F), Fox Creek (G), Forked Deer Creek (H), Ray Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Grainger County include: Harrell Park (1), Buffalo Springs Game Farm (2), Grainger County Park (3), Buffalo Springs State Game Farm (4), Grainger County Park (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Claiborne County , Hamblen County , Hancock County , Hawkins County , Jefferson County , Knox County , Union County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.9%
Tennessee:

7.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 523
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 60.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 7.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 223 (30% naturalized citizens)

Grainger County:

1.1%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 97
  • 1990 to 1994: 58
  • 1985 to 1989: 10
  • 1980 to 1984: 6
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 6
  • 1970 to 1974: 23
  • 1965 to 1969: 23

Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.1 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 34.5%

Grainger County marital status for males Grainger County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Grainger County with a mortgage: 1,628 (102 second mortgage, 107 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,793

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

66.0% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Grainger County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant11,23348
Mainline Protestant72810
Other51
Catholic-1
None10,691-
Grainger County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Grainger County:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Grainger County:

5.77 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

1.78 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Grainger County:

11.5%
Tennessee:

11.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Grainger County:

28.4%
State:

30.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.0%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in Grainger County:

Average size of farms: 85 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $13,308
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $421.81
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 11.89%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 44.00%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $10,494
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 20.76%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.54%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $31,899
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.90%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 23.72
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.60%
Corn for grain: 398 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 72 harvested acres
Vegetables: 556 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 39 acres

Tornado activity:

Grainger County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 29952998.8 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 10/1/1977, a tornado injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Grainger County-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 135.7 miles away from Grainger County 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 41.8 miles away from the county 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 171.9 miles away from the county center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 175.8 miles away from the county 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 284.2 miles away from Grainger County center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 130.9 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Grainger County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (67%)
  • Other Western Europe (10%)
  • Other Eastern Europe (5%)
  • Germany (5%)
  • United Kingdom (3%)
  • Russia (3%)
  • Ukraine (2%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Grainger County (%):

  • United States or American (55%)
  • German (9%)
  • English (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scotch-Irish (3%)
  • Scottish (1%)
  • Dutch (1%)

Grainger County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 7,153 (81%)
  • Carpooled: 1,193 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 22 (0%)
  • Walked: 117 (1%)
  • Other means: 30 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 266 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Grainger County, Tennessee in 2000:

  • 127 people in nursing homes
  • 27 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 24 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

People in group quarters in Grainger County, Tennessee in 2010:

  • 124 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 25 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 2 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $39,157.

6.38% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,959 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.38%
Tennessee average:

6.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.66% relocated from other counties in Tennessee ($19,691 average AGI)
1.73% relocated from other states ($12,268 average AGI)
Grainger County:

1.73%
Tennessee average:

3.16%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Hamblen County, TN  1.11% ($23,975 average AGI)
from Knox County, TN  1.04% ($30,618)
from Jefferson County, TN  0.73% ($28,170)
from Hawkins County, TN  0.49% ($23,667)
from Union County, TN  0.30% ($31,000)
from Claiborne County, TN  0.22% ($23,000)


6.25% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($27,520 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.25%
Tennessee average:

6.26%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.01% relocated to other counties in Tennessee ($21,478 average AGI)
1.25% relocated to other states ($6,042 average AGI)
Grainger County:

1.25%
Tennessee average:

2.90%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Hamblen County, TN  1.34% ($24,020 average AGI)
to Knox County, TN  1.04% ($37,816)
to Jefferson County, TN  0.70% ($24,490)
to Hawkins County, TN  0.40% ($26,759)
to Union County, TN  0.27% ($24,500)
to Claiborne County, TN  0.21% ($28,333)
to Sevier County, TN  0.18% ($22,308)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.1

Births per 1000 population in Grainger County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.3
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 11.2

Deaths per 1000 population in Grainger County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Grainger County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,927 (2,854 aged, 1,073 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1063.590
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1095.010

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 10.09
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 31.41

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 159.8. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 22,506

Size of family households: 3,120 2-persons, 1,544 3-persons, 1,186 4-persons, 487 5-persons, 158 6-persons, 82 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,103 1-person, 295 2-persons, 35 3-persons, 13 4-persons, 4 5-persons, 2 6-persons.

3,469 married couples with children.
797 single-parent households (239 men, 558 women).

97.5% of residents of Grainger County speak English at home.
1.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (46% speak English very well, 27% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 6% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (63% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (73% speak English very well, 27% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $137,748,000 ($6282 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,778,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $58,250,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $28,657,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $334,000
Federal grants: $45,964,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,278,000 ($630,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,265,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $207,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $3,133,000
Federal Government insurance: $715,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 1,398
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,127
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

50 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +79
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,305
Here:

+59 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Grainger County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.03 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 194
  • 2000 to 2004: 2,058
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,426
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,868
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,719
  • 1960 to 1969: 706
  • 1950 to 1959: 887
  • 1940 to 1949: 221
  • 1939 or earlier: 746
Rooms in houses/apartments in Grainger County, Tennessee
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 72
  • 3 rooms: 188
  • 4 rooms: 1,268
  • 5 rooms: 2,256
  • 6 rooms: 1,466
  • 7 rooms: 971
  • 8 rooms: 377
  • 9+ rooms: 307
  • 1 room: 12
  • 2 rooms: 59
  • 3 rooms: 146
  • 4 rooms: 432
  • 5 rooms: 367
  • 6 rooms: 203
  • 7 rooms: 82
  • 8 rooms: 31
  • 9+ rooms: 21
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Grainger County, Tennessee
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 30
  • 1 bedroom: 211
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,317
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,682
  • 4 bedrooms: 539
  • 5+ bedrooms: 138
  • no bedroom: 12
  • 1 bedroom: 196
  • 2 bedrooms: 633
  • 3 bedrooms: 423
  • 4 bedrooms: 85
  • 5+ bedrooms: 4
Cars and other vehicles available in Grainger County, Tennessee in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 418
  • 1 vehicle: 1,450
  • 2 vehicles: 2,878
  • 3 vehicles: 1,550
  • 4 vehicles: 494
  • 5+ vehicles: 127
  • no vehicle: 146
  • 1 vehicle: 589
  • 2 vehicles: 447
  • 3 vehicles: 143
  • 4 vehicles: 25
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

66% of Grainger County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 46% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in Tennessee.

Grainger County:

66.2%
State average:

54.7%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $24,600


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 4%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 3%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Grainger County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (69.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.7%)
  • Wood (9.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (5.3%)
  • No fuel used (0.7%)
  • Utility gas (0.6%)
  • Coal or coke (0.5%)
  • Electricity (74.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.6%)
  • Wood (8.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (8.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 43
Here:

1.9%
Tennessee:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 48
Here:

4.7%
Tennessee:

10.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 79
Here:

16.8%
Tennessee:

22.8%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Grainger County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Grainger County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Most common first names in Grainger County, TN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James12472.6 years
John8076.0 years
Mary7677.5 years
William7275.2 years
Robert5366.9 years
George4673.3 years
Edith2678.5 years
Edna2481.0 years
Helen2479.2 years
Charles2375.1 years
Most common last names in Grainger County, TN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Morgan7173.1 years
Roach6480.2 years
Williams5772.7 years
Cameron5073.8 years
Collins5073.2 years
Hodge4477.0 years
Jones4475.5 years
Dalton4376.8 years
Davis3975.7 years
Greenlee3177.0 years
Businesses in Grainger County, TN
NameCountNameCount
Chevrolet1Hardee's1
Ford1Subway1
H&R Block1U-Haul1

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