County population in 2012: 45,133 (24% urban, 76% rural); it was 38,961 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 7,574 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,732 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 12,009 Renter-occupied apartments: 4,405 (it was 3,320 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 635 sq. mi. Water area: 17.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 71 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Monroe County: 81.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (26.9%), Educational,health and social services (17.1%), Retail trade (11.1%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $478 (0.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $451 (0.5%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.2%
(16.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.9% for Black residents, 13.2% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 25.7% for American Indian residents, 2.7% for other race residents, 24.8% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 41 years old
(Males: 40 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 42 years old, Black residents: 39 years old, American Indian residents: 42 years old, Asian residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 23 years old)
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Monroe County is $364 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $462 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $553 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Monroe County: Center (A), County Corners (B), Pheasant Field Rearing Pools (C), Whigg Cabin (D), Citico Warden Station (E), Wilson Station (F), Union Hall (G), Tom Station (H), Caney Branch Observation Site (I), Turkey Creek Valley Observation Site (J), Panther Branch Fishing site (K), Walnut Grove Fishing Site (L), Baby Falls Parking Area (M), Tellico River Roadside Pinic Area (N), Tellico Ranger Station (O), Oosterneck Fishing Site (P), Tellico Camp (Q), Tellico River Lodge (R), Tellico Beach (S), Indian Boundary Recreation Area (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Monroe County include: Farrs Chapel (A), Little Toqua Creek Church (B), Oak Grove Baptist Church (C), Mount Zion Baptist Church (D), Howards Chapel Baptist Church (E), Hopewell Springs Baptist Church (F), Holly Springs Baptist Church (G), Christianburg Baptist Church (H), Fork Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Howard Cemetery (1), Taylor Cemetery (2), Toqua Cemetery (3), Saint Marys Cemetery (4), Jones Cemetery (5), Keener Cemetery (6), Kimbrough Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes and reservoirs: Shortfoots Pond (A), Kinser Pond (B), Shortfoots Pond (C), Craighead Lake (D), Carson Pond (E), C A Waymier Lake (F), Indian Boundary Lake (G), Turkeypen Lake (H). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Lost Cove Branch (A), Ballplay Creek (B), Kinser Branch (C), Kennedy Branch (D), Dancing Branch (E), Chickasaw Branch (F), Davis Branch (G), Morgan Branch (H), Sheilds Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Monroe County include: Double Camp Recreation Area (1), Indian Boundary Lake Recreation Area (2), Tellico Wildlife Management Area (3), Craighead Caverns (4), Bald River Falls Recreation Area (5), Big Oak Cove Recreation Area (6), Dam Creek Recreation Area (7), Davis Creek Recreation Area (8), Cherokee Wildlife Management Area (9). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 104 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $22,712 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $78.41 The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.53% The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 88.35% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $18,724 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.40% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.11% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $37,582 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.87% Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 38.66 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 10.16% Corn for grain: 901 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 1238 harvested acres Soybeans for beans: 3344 harvested acres Vegetables: 19 harvested acres Land in orchards: 34 acres
Monroe County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 1.2 times below overall U.S. average. Tornadoes in this county have caused 21 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004. On 2/21/1993, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 17 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
Monroe County-area historical earthquake activity is above Tennessee state average. It is 46% 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 29.0 miles away from the county center On 7/5/1995 at 14:16:44, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 11.7 miles away from the county center On 10/12/2005 at 06:27:30, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 5.1 mi) earthquake occurred 11.8 miles away from the county center On 6/17/1998 at 08:00:23, a magnitude 3.6 (3.3 MB, 3.6 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 29.4 miles away from Monroe County center On 7/30/1997 at 12:29:23, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 79.1 miles away from the county center On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 41.2 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)
Most recent natural disasters:
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes, Straight-line Winds, And Associated Flooding, Incident Period: April 25, 2011 to April 28, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1974): May 1, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1974, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood, Wind
Tennessee Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3217): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3217, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 4, 2003 to May 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1464): May 8, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1464, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Tennessee Winter Storm, Incident Period: December 23, 1998 to December 29, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1260): January 15, 1999, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1260, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
Tennessee Severe Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: April 16, 1998 to May 18, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1215): April 20, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1215, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
Tennessee Heavy Rain, Flash Flooding, Incident Period: March 25, 1994 to April 3, 1994, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1022): April 14, 1994, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1022, Natural disaster type: Flash Flood, Heavy Rain
Tennessee Severe Snowfall, Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3095): March 14, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3095, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
Tennessee TORNADOES, Incident Period: April 4, 1974, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-424): April 4, 1974, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-424, Natural disaster type: Tornado
Tennessee Heavy Rains, Flooding, Incident Period: March 21, 1973, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-366): March 21, 1973, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-366, Natural disaster type: Flood, Heavy Rain
The number of natural disasters in Monroe County (9) is smaller than the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7 Emergencies Declared: 2
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.2 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.0
Births per 1000 population in Monroe County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.9 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.0
Deaths per 1000 population in Monroe County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.3 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.4
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Monroe County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,854 (5,248 aged, 1,606 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 2.38 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 6439.270 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 140.240 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 42828.62
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1252.750 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 956.350
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 20.1 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 62.52
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.95
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1
Homicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 72.9. This is less than state average.
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 131.9. This is less than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 93.7
Other - 38.2
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 37,918 (9,096 male householders, 3,454 female householders)
9,674 spouses, 11,646 children (10,309 natural, 378 adopted, 959 stepchildren), 1,514 grandchildren, 321 brothers or sisters, 351 parents, 577 other relatives, 959 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 6,101 (2,583 male householders (2,098 living alone)), 2,578 female householders (2,312 living alone)), 940 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 500 (429 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 6,020 2-persons, 2,794 3-persons, 2,182 4-persons, 968 5-persons, 346 6-persons, 240 7-or-more-persons.
97.2% of residents of Monroe County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (61% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 21% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (82% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 7% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (69% speak English very well, 14% speak English well, 15% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $223,775,000 ($5319 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $5,150,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $113,029,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $45,216,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $671,000 Federal grants: $56,531,000 Federal procurement contracts: $2,589,000 ($21,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $5,738,000 ($609,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $636,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $4,834,000 Federal Government insurance: $3,727,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
64 per 1000 residents
69 per 1000 residents
48 per 1000 residents
50 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +182
+4 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +3,431
+79 per 1000 residents
+18 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Monroe County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 5.58 millions of gallons per day (10% from ground, 90% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 641
2000 to 2004: 2,401
1990 to 1999: 4,535
1980 to 1989: 3,269
1970 to 1979: 3,073
1960 to 1969: 2,018
1950 to 1959: 1,084
1940 to 1949: 794
1939 or earlier: 1,074
Rooms in houses/apartments in Monroe County, Tennessee
58% of Monroe County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 52% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 53% lived in Tennessee.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 29166
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $77,500
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Monroe County