County population in 2012: 32,247 (32% urban, 68% rural); it was 28,400 in 2000 County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,811 County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,903 County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 8,431 Renter-occupied apartments: 3,562 (it was 2,753 in 2000)
% of renters here:
Land area: 316 sq. mi. Water area: 20.5 sq. mi.
Population density: 102 people per square mile
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Rhea County: 81.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (23.2%), Educational,health and social services (17.4%), Retail trade (13.6%), Construction (11.1%).
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $479 (0.4%) Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $456 (0.5%)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 19.9%
(19.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 22.7% for Black residents, 30.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 14.1% for American Indian residents, 12.4% for other race residents, 13.3% for two or more races residents) Median age of residents in 2010: 39 years old
(Males: 38 years old, Females: 40 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 40 years old, Black residents: 35 years old, American Indian residents: 40 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 21 years old, Other race residents: 22 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 Rhea County is $368 a month. Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $460 a month. Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $611 a month.
Notable locations in this county outside city limits:
Notable locations in Rhea County: Watts Bar Resort (A), Watts Bar Nuclear Plant (B), Walden Ridge (C), Ponderosa Resort (D), Clear Creek Mill (E), Terrace View Resort (F), Washington Landing (G), Toestring Cove Resort (H), Rhea Harbor (I), Piney Point Dock (J), Chub Arnold Landing (K), Blue Water Campground (L), Bills Pier (M), Bells Landing (N), Arrowhead Dock (O), Cedine Bible Camp (P), Whites Creek Boat Dock (Q), Stump Hollow Campground (R), Lake Richland Boat Dock (S), Lakeside Lodge (T). Display/hide their locations on the map
Churches in Rhea County include: Euchee Chapel (A), Smyrna Church (B), Friendship Church (C), Spivey Church (D), Bethel Baptist Church (E), Salem Church (F), Cranmore Cove Baptist Church (G), Grandview Baptist Church (H), Monmouth Presbyterian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Cemeteries: Horst Cemetery (1), Howerton Cemetery (2), Swafford Cemetery (3), Taylor Cemetery (4), Hurst Cemetery (5), Ingle Cemetery (6), Thompson Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map
Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Blue Spring Slough (A), Hill Lake (B), Porter Lake (C), Sinclair Lake (D), Dayton Reservoir (E), T Industries Lake (F), Huckleberry Pond (G). Display/hide their locations on the map
Streams, rivers, and creeks: Lowry Creek (A), Lowe Branch (B), Long Branch (C), Little Rocky Branch (D), Litchfield Branch (E), Lick Branch (F), Bearpen Branch (G), Laurel Ford Branch (H), Laurel Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map
Parks in Rhea County include: Cotton Port Wildlife Management Area (1), Whites Creek Small Wildlife Area (2), Yellow Creek Wildlife Management Area (3), Rhea Springs Recreation Area (4), Boy Scout Memorial (5). Display/hide their locations on the map
Average size of farms: 134 acres Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $39,140 Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $449.53 The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 55.63% Average total farm production expenses per farm: $19,482 Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 28.93% Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.39% Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $37,755 The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.09% Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 21.82 Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.26% Corn for grain: 287 harvested acres All wheat for grain: 372 harvested acres Vegetables: 1,427 harvested acres
Rhea County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Tennessee state average. It is 5.4 times below overall U.S. average.
Rhea County-area historical earthquake activity is near Tennessee state average. It is 61% 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 84.8 miles away from the county center On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 56.9 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 43.7 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 23.1 miles away from Rhea County center On 12/8/2001 at 01:08:21, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 94.3 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 38.3 miles away from the county center Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)
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 and Flooding, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 20, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1568): October 7, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1568, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
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 Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: February 14, 2003 to February 26, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1456): March 20, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1456, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
Tennessee Chattanooga Complex Fire, Incident Period: November 3, 2001, Natural disaster type: Fire
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 Severe Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: January 6, 1998 to February 12, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1197): January 13, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1197, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
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 Flooding, Severe Storm, Incident Period: December 19, 1990 to January 14, 1991, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-889): January 4, 1991, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-889, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood
1 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.
The number of natural disasters in Rhea County (11) is near the US average (12). Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8 Emergencies Declared: 2
Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 7, Tornadoes: 3, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Wind: 1, Fire: 1, Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.4 Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.9
Births per 1000 population in Rhea County
Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2 Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9
Deaths per 1000 population in Rhea County
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6 Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Rhea County
Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 5,291 (4,223 aged, 1,068 disabled) Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13% Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%
Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 3.36 Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 3910.450 Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 439.720 Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 30367.21
General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1443.950 Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1029.480
Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 32.33 Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 83.56
Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.68
Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1
Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 137.0. This is more than state average.
Mechanisms of suicide:
Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
Firearm - 102.8
Other - 34.3
Household type by relationship:
In family households: 26,541 (6,135 male householders, 2,545 female householders)
6,459 spouses, 8,502 children (7,616 natural, 261 adopted, 625 stepchildren), 1,039 grandchildren, 239 brothers or sisters, 231 parents, 391 other relatives, 770 non-relatives
In nonfamily households: 4,344 (1,774 male householders (1,432 living alone)), 1,822 female householders (1,593 living alone)), 748 nonrelatives
In group quarters: 924 (345 institutionalized population)
Size of family households: 4,055 2-persons, 1,960 3-persons, 1,504 4-persons, 709 5-persons, 281 6-persons, 171 7-or-more-persons.
97.3% of residents of Rhea County speak English at home.
1.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 22% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (73% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (53% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 35% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (48% speak English very well, 24% speak English well, 29% speak English not well).
In fiscal year 2004:
Federal Government expenditure: $250,338,000 ($8403 per capita) Department of Defense expenditure: $5,121,000 Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $81,937,000 Federal other direct payments to individuals: $42,880,000 Federal direct payments not to individuals: $760,000 Federal grants: $50,094,000 Federal procurement contracts: $4,485,000 ($463,000 Department of Defense) Federal salaries and wages: $70,182,000 ($691,000 Department of Defense) Federal Government direct loans: $4,054,000 Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $8,521,000 Federal Government insurance: $17,424,000
Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:
69 per 1000 residents
69 per 1000 residents
53 per 1000 residents
50 per 1000 residents
Net international migration: +58
+2 per 1000 residents
+8 per 1000 residents
Net internal migration: +1,013
+34 per 1000 residents
+18 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Rhea County
Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 3.50 millions of gallons per day (23% from ground, 77% from surface)
Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Median number of rooms in apartments:
Year house built
2005 or later: 460
2000 to 2004: 1,340
1990 to 1999: 2,950
1980 to 1989: 2,566
1970 to 1979: 3,119
1960 to 1969: 1,308
1950 to 1959: 775
1940 to 1949: 489
1939 or earlier: 770
Rooms in houses/apartments in Rhea County, Tennessee
59% of Rhea County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago. Out of people who lived in different houses, 58% lived in this county. Out of people who lived in different counties, 54% lived in Tennessee.
Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:
This state: 19943
Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $64,200
Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%
Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%
Year Householders Moved Into Unit:
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Rhea County