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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. 2012 cost of living index in Grainger County: 80.8 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (24.2%), Educational,health and social services (16.3%), Retail trade (12.5%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 12%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Grainger County, Tennessee:


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 2009: $32,128 ($27,997 in 1999)
This county:

$32128
Tennessee:

$41725

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $340 (lower quartile is $246, upper quartile is $429)
This county:

$340
State:

$532


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $99,155 (it was $65,200 in 2000)
Grainger County:

$99,155
Tennessee:

$137,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $59,182 - $158,859

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $170,762
Here:

$170,762
State:

$188,484

Townhouses or other attached units: $151,671
Here:

$151,671
State:

$164,698

In 2-unit structures: $46,581
Here:

$46,581
State:

$141,233

Mobile homes: $61,831
Here:

$61,831
State:

$44,109

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $62,967
Here:

$62,967
State:

$46,838
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $899
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $252

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):


Grainger County, TN map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $391 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $381 (0.4%)


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 2009: 17.4%
(17.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 60.0% for Black residents, 8.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 66.7% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 68.4% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 43 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 43 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Asian residents: 52 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

18.7%
Whole state:

13.5%

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

6.3%
Whole state:

5.8%

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: Blaine, Rutledge, Bean Station, Thorn Hill, Washburn.

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), Samsel Cemetery (2), Talley Cemetery (3), Scott Cemetery (4), Thomas Cemetery (5), Seymoure Cemetery (6), Jim Walker 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 .

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


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:

47.6% with mortgage
State:

66.0% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 65.03%
Here65.0%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 13,434
Total congregations: 62

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)National Association of Free Will BaptistsOther
Adherents12,258 (91.2%)853 (6.3%)172 (1.3%)118 (0.9%)33 (0.2%)
Congregations47 (75.8%)10 (16.1%)2 (3.2%)1 (1.6%)2 (3.2%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Grainger County - Blaine, Rutledge, Bean Station, Thorn Hill, Washburn

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

2.22 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
This county:

5.77 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Grainger County:

1.78 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

11.5%
Tennessee:

11.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

28.4%
Tennessee:

30.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Grainger County:

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 4.9 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 slightly above Tennessee state average. It is 59% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 8/17/1990 at 21:01:17, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 37.0 miles away from the county center
On 7/30/1997 at 12:29:23, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 11.2 miles away from the county center
On 10/26/1995 at 00:37:28, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 57.8 miles away from Grainger County center
On 4/19/1996 at 08:50:14, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 MB) earthquake occurred 55.7 miles away from the county center
On 3/11/1995 at 08:15:52, a magnitude 3.8 (3.7 MB, 3.8 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 51.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

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 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (14%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (10%)
  • Transportation equipment (7%)
  • Truck transportation (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Metal and metal products (4%)
  • Health care (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (7%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Food and beverage stores (5%)
  • Transportation equipment (4%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





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:

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $36,257.

8.03% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($39,186 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.03%
Tennessee average:

7.52%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.44% relocated from other counties in Tennessee ($21,172 average AGI)
2.59% relocated from other states ($18,014 average AGI)
Grainger County:

2.59%
Tennessee average:

3.80%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Knox County, TN  1.47% ($37,534 average AGI)
from Hamblen County, TN  1.22% ($28,209)
from Jefferson County, TN  0.67% ($33,362)
from Hawkins County, TN  0.48% ($22,618)
from Union County, TN  0.40% ($32,107)
from Claiborne County, TN  0.31% ($15,136)
from Sevier County, TN  0.14% ($37,900)


7.05% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($24,831 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.05%
Tennessee average:

6.67%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.54% relocated to other counties in Tennessee ($19,576 average AGI)
1.51% relocated to other states ($5,255 average AGI)
Grainger County:

1.51%
Tennessee average:

2.97%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Hamblen County, TN  1.42% ($24,778 average AGI)
to Knox County, TN  1.16% ($32,148)
to Jefferson County, TN  0.79% ($24,655)
to Hawkins County, TN  0.58% ($18,725)
to Union County, TN  0.36% ($21,280)
to Claiborne County, TN  0.24% ($16,588)
to Sevier County, TN  0.22% ($21,267)

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 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.

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

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 (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Grainger County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Grainger County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
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
H&R Block1Subway1
Hardee's1U-Haul1
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