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Unicoi County, Tennessee (TN)


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County population in 2012: 18,235 (55% urban, 45% rural); it was 17,667 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,714
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,923
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,755
Renter-occupied apartments: 2,089 (it was 1,761 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

32%

Land area: 186 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.4 sq. mi.
Population density: 98 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Unicoi County: 84.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (27.4%), Manufacturing (18.2%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 78%
  • Government: 14%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Unicoi County, Tennessee:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
Tennessee median age:  38.0 years

Males: 8,963  (47.0%)
Females: 9,350  (53.0%)

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Unicoi County,TN real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Unicoi County:

2.0 people
Tennessee:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $34,269 ($29,863 in 1999)
This county:

$34269
Tennessee:

$41725

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $378 (lower quartile is $310, upper quartile is $478)
This county:

$378
State:

$532


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $108,130 (it was $76,800 in 2000)
Unicoi County:

$108,130
Tennessee:

$137,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $64,459 - $186,151

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $170,034
Here:

$170,034
State:

$188,484

Townhouses or other attached units: $668,809
Here:

$668,809
State:

$164,698

In 2-unit structures: $108,860
Here:

$108,860
State:

$141,233

Mobile homes: $58,781
Here:

$58,781
State:

$44,109
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,014
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $284

Institutionalized population: 308

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):


Unicoi 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: $659 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $530 (0.6%)


Unicoi County household income distribution in 2009 Unicoi County home values distribution


Unicoi County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 17.7%
(18.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Black residents, 16.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 41 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 21 years old)

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

13.1%
Whole state:

13.5%

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

4.0%
Whole state:

5.8%

Area name: Johnson City, TN MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Unicoi County is $404 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $501 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $622 a month.

Cities in this county include: Erwin, Unicoi, Banner Hill, Flag Pond.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Unicoi County: Fishery (A), No Business Shelter (B), Curley Maple Gap Shelter (C), Chestoa Boating Site (D), Mine Flats Shooting Range (E), Willis Store (F), Beauty Spot Observation Spot (G), Nelson High Point (H), Unaka Mountain Scenic Area (I), Rock Creek Camp Ground (J), Unaka Mountain Campground (K), Cherry Gap Shelter (L), Limestone Cove Campground (M), Scoito Shooting Range (N), CCC Camp Cordell Hull (O), Rock Creek Camp Ground (P), Phillips Mili (Q), Limestone Cove Volunteer Fire Department (R), Medicone Medical Response of Tennessee (S). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Unicoi County include: Fall Gap Church (A), Rice Bend Church (B), Shady Grove Baptist Church (C), Woodby Hill Freewill Baptist Church (D), Higgins Chapel (E), Rice Bend Church (F), Ivy Hill Church (G), Flag Pond Baptist Church (H), Coffee Ridge Baptist Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Tilson Cemetery (1), Buchanan Cemetery (2), Bell Cemetery (3), Blankenship Cemetery (4), Grindstaff Cemetery (5), Sams Cemetery (6), Blankenship Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Bald Creek (A), Jones Branch (B), Simerly Creek (C), Slip Creek (D), Spivey Creek (E), Sugarloaf Branch (F), Tilson Branch (G), Whaley Branch (H), Big Bald Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Unicoi County include: Limestone Cove Recreation Area (1), Unaka Mountain Recreation Area (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Carter County , Greene County , Madison County, North Carolina , Mitchell County, North Carolina , Washington County , Yancey County, North Carolina .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 495
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 67.7%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 10.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 249 (30% naturalized citizens)

Unicoi County:

1.4%
Whole state:

2.8%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 54.1%

Unicoi County marital status for males
Unicoi County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Unicoi County with a mortgage: 1,986 (214 second mortgage, 149 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 2,184

Here:

47.6% with mortgage
State:

66.0% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 52.82%
Here52.8%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 9,332
Total congregations: 53

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Churches and Churches of ChristNational Association of Free Will BaptistsIndependent Free Will Baptists Associations
Adherents4,507 (48.3%)1,068 (11.4%)1,024 (11.0%)807 (8.6%)767 (8.2%)
Congregations13 (24.5%)4 (7.5%)6 (11.3%)7 (13.2%)9 (17.0%)
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Church of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)International Pentecostal Holiness ChurchChurches of ChristOther
Adherents327 (3.5%)249 (2.7%)211 (2.3%)210 (2.3%)162 (1.7%)
Congregations3 (5.7%)3 (5.7%)1 (1.9%)2 (3.8%)5 (9.4%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Unicoi County - Erwin, Unicoi, Banner Hill, Flag Pond

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.70 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Unicoi County:

0.57 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 10
This county:

5.66 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 10
Unicoi County:

5.66 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

14.4%
Tennessee:

11.4%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.2%
Tennessee:

30.2%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Unicoi County:

11.3%
State:

13.5%


Agriculture in Unicoi County:

Average size of farms: 56 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $24,837
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $17,578
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 24.95%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 0.48%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,336
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.76%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 28.41
Corn for grain: 14 harvested acres
Vegetables: 16 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 77 acres

Tornado activity:

Unicoi County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is slightly below Tennessee state average. It is 1.3 times above overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 12 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 7/10/1980, a category 3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado injured 12 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Unicoi County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Tennessee state average. It is 72% 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 90.1 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 74.5 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 78.3 miles away from the county center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 76.9 miles away from Unicoi 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 68.9 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 74.6 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 Unicoi County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (7%)
  • Rail transportation (6%)
  • Metal and metal products (6%)
  • Chemicals (5%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (4%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Health care (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Public administration (5%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (10%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (7%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (3%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Registered nurses (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Bookkeeping, accounting, and auditing clerks (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)

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




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





Unicoi County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,399 (86%)
  • Carpooled: 837 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 1 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 26 (0%)
  • Walked: 41 (1%)
  • Other means: 39 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 129 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $40,074.

7.18% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,583 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.18%
Tennessee average:

7.52%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.04% relocated from other counties in Tennessee ($16,049 average AGI)
3.14% relocated from other states ($14,534 average AGI)
Unicoi County:

3.14%
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 Washington County, TN  2.24% ($27,014 average AGI)
from Carter County, TN  0.89% ($33,545)
from Greene County, TN  0.21% ($17,769)
from Sullivan County, TN  0.21% ($29,923)


6.34% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($31,277 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.34%
Tennessee average:

6.67%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.40% relocated to other counties in Tennessee ($20,703 average AGI)
1.93% relocated to other states ($10,574 average AGI)
Unicoi County:

1.93%
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 Washington County, TN  2.44% ($28,480 average AGI)
to Carter County, TN  0.81% ($32,380)
to Sullivan County, TN  0.39% ($31,958)
to Greene County, TN  0.28% ($25,412)
to Knox County, TN  0.16% ($35,800)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Births per 1000 population in Unicoi County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Unicoi County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 6.3

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Unicoi County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 4,086 (3,182 aged, 904 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 6%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.65
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 5789.980
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 530.980
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 81827.94

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1035.740
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1274.760

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 11.62
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 62.6

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.69

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 218.8. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,908

Size of family households: 2,661 2-persons, 1,248 3-persons, 821 4-persons, 326 5-persons, 98 6-persons, 57 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,200 1-person, 270 2-persons, 28 3-persons, 11 4-persons, 5 5-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

97.4% of residents of Unicoi County speak English at home.
2.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (53% speak English very well, 26% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 9% don't speak English at all).
0.4% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (69% speak English very well, 31% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $239,408,000 ($13524 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $10,164,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $64,799,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $28,382,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $174,000
Federal grants: $29,770,000
Federal procurement contracts: $110,925,000 ($6,462,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $5,358,000 ($956,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $990,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,919,000
Federal Government insurance: $10,458,000

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

Births: 898
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,307
Here:

74 per 1000 residents
State:

50 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+8 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +338
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Unicoi County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.21 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.2

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Unicoi County, Tennessee
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 21
  • 3 rooms: 140
  • 4 rooms: 765
  • 5 rooms: 1,541
  • 6 rooms: 1,386
  • 7 rooms: 979
  • 8 rooms: 549
  • 9+ rooms: 374
  • 1 room: 35
  • 2 rooms: 52
  • 3 rooms: 199
  • 4 rooms: 586
  • 5 rooms: 446
  • 6 rooms: 254
  • 7 rooms: 106
  • 8 rooms: 49
  • 9+ rooms: 34
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Unicoi County, Tennessee
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 16
  • 1 bedroom: 144
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,468
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,336
  • 4 bedrooms: 658
  • 5+ bedrooms: 133
  • no bedroom: 35
  • 1 bedroom: 298
  • 2 bedrooms: 868
  • 3 bedrooms: 507
  • 4 bedrooms: 37
  • 5+ bedrooms: 16
Cars and other vehicles available in Unicoi County, Tennessee in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 288
  • 1 vehicle: 1,299
  • 2 vehicles: 2,440
  • 3 vehicles: 1,118
  • 4 vehicles: 458
  • 5+ vehicles: 152
  • no vehicle: 263
  • 1 vehicle: 771
  • 2 vehicles: 533
  • 3 vehicles: 149
  • 4 vehicles: 35
  • 5+ vehicles: 10

65% of Unicoi 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, 43% lived in Tennessee.

Unicoi County:

65.1%
State average:

54.7%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $51,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Unicoi County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Utility gas (40.4%)
  • Electricity (39.9%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.9%)
  • Wood (4.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (3.2%)
  • Electricity (49.5%)
  • Utility gas (34.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (11.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.6%)
  • Wood (1.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 56
Here:

3.3%
Tennessee:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8
Here:

0.9%
Tennessee:

10.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 16
Here:

4.1%
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.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Unicoi County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Unicoi County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Unicoi County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Unicoi County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Unicoi County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Unicoi County, TN among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James12873.1 years
William11974.3 years
Mary11280.2 years
John9476.8 years
Robert8873.6 years
Charles7070.7 years
George5076.6 years
Ethel4182.7 years
Gladys3776.0 years
Frank3676.6 years
Most common last names in Unicoi County, TN among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Tipton10375.1 years
Edwards9773.7 years
Harris9473.6 years
Hensley8676.7 years
Bailey8476.8 years
Wilson7871.6 years
Foster6972.1 years
Peterson6574.4 years
Miller6375.6 years
Lewis5575.8 years
Businesses in Unicoi County, TN
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1RadioShack1
CVS1Rite Aid1
H&R Block1Subway1
Hardee's1Super 82
Holiday Inn1U-Haul1
KFC1Walgreens1
La-Z-Boy1Walmart1
Little Caesars Pizza1Wendy's1
McDonald's1YMCA1

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