Forks of the River, Tennessee

Submit your own pictures of this place and show them to the world

  • OSM Map
  • General Map
  • Google Map
  • MSN Map
Population in July 2007: 2,172.
Males: 1,108  (51.0%)
Females: 1,064  (49.0%)
Median resident age:

36.3 years
Tennessee median age:

35.9 years

Zip code: 38560

Estimated median household income in 2019: $52,144 (it was $36,750 in 2000)
Forks of the River:

$52,144
TN:

$56,071

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $33,138 (it was $19,228 in 2000)

Forks of the River CCD income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $163,162 (it was $84,000 in 2000)
Forks of the River:

$163,162
TN:

$191,900
March 2019 cost of living index in Forks of the River: 83.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
  • Races in Forks of the River, TN (2000)
    • 1,95595.4%White alone
    • 602.9%Black alone
    • 170.8%Two or more races
    • 110.5%American Indian alone
    • 50.2%Hispanic
    • 20.10%Other race alone

Races in Forks of the River detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Recent articles from our blog. Our writers, many of them Ph.D. graduates or candidates, create easy-to-read articles on a wide variety of topics.

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Land area: 56.4 square miles.

Population density: 39 people per square mile   (very low).

Forks of the River, Tennessee map
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units in 2000:
Forks of the River CCD:

0.4% ($370)
Tennessee:

0.8% ($715)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Murfreesboro, TN (38.3 miles , pop. 68,816).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Nashville-Davidson, TN (49.9 miles , pop. 545,524).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (401.0 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Gordonsville, TN (2.1 miles ),
Carthage, TN (2.3 miles ),
South Carthage, TN (2.3 miles ),
Buffalo Valley, TN (3.1 miles ),
Granville, TN (3.1 miles ),
Alexandria, TN (3.6 miles ),
Baxter, TN (3.7 miles ),
Underhill, TN (3.7 miles )

Latitude: 36.22 N, Longitude: 85.87 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 615

Distribution of median household income in Forks of the River, TN in 2019
Forks of the River satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

3.9%
Tennessee:

5.0%
Most common industries in Forks of the River, TN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (11.8%)
  • Metal & metal products (10.5%)
  • Transportation equipment (8.7%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.8%)
  • Educational services (5.3%)
  • Truck transportation (5.1%)
  • Health care (4.4%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (17.9%)
  • Metal & metal products (14.1%)
  • Transportation equipment (11.1%)
  • Truck transportation (6.3%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing & hunting (5.1%)
  • Public administration (4.7%)
  • Building material & garden equipment & supplies dealers (3.3%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (15.0%)
  • Health care (9.0%)
  • Educational services (8.7%)
  • Social assistance (7.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (7.4%)
  • Metal & metal products (4.6%)
  • Transportation equipment (4.6%)
Most common occupations in Forks of the River, TN (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (8.8%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (8.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (8.6%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.5%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.6%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.6%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (12.3%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (11.0%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (8.5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (7.6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6.0%)
  • Construction traders workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5.8%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5.1%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Assemblers and fabricators (10.1%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4.6%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4.6%)
  • Other food preparation and serving workers, including supervisors (4.6%)

Average climate in Forks of the River, Tennessee

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

Forks of the River, Tennessee average temperatures Forks of the River, Tennessee average precipitation Forks of the River, Tennessee humidity Forks of the River, Tennessee wind speed Forks of the River, Tennessee snowfall Forks of the River, Tennessee sunshine Forks of the River, Tennessee clear and cloudy days
Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 56.4. This is better than average.

City:

56.4
U.S.:

74.2
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 7.03. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 20.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.03
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Forks of the River-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Tennessee state average. It is 58% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 21.2 miles away from the Forks of the River place center killed 10 people and injured 51 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 3/26/1959, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 6.5 miles away from the place center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Forks of the River-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Tennessee state average. It is 151% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 190.3 miles away from Forks of the River center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK) earthquake occurred 173.8 miles away from Forks of the River center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 119.8 miles away from Forks of the River center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.2 (5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 190.3 miles away from the city center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 161.6 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 110.6 miles away from Forks of the River center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Smith County (15) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 11, Floods: 10, Tornadoes: 6, Winds: 4, Winter Storms: 2, Flash Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Other: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Hospitals and medical centers near Forks of the River:

  • RIVERVIEW REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER NORTH (Hospital, about 6 miles away; CARTHAGE, TN)
  • KINDRED NURSING AND REHABILITATION-SMITH COUNTY (Nursing Home, about 6 miles away; CARTHAGE, TN)
  • SUMNER HOMECARE AND HOSPICE, LLC (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; CARTHAGE, TN)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Forks of the River:

  • Tennessee Technological University (about 21 miles; Cookeville, TN; Full-time enrollment: 9,761)
  • Volunteer State Community College (about 37 miles; Gallatin, TN; FT enrollment: 5,311)
  • Middle Tennessee State University (about 38 miles; Murfreesboro, TN; FT enrollment: 21,628)
  • Trevecca Nazarene University (about 50 miles; Nashville, TN; FT enrollment: 2,223)
  • Belmont University (about 52 miles; Nashville, TN; FT enrollment: 5,795)
  • Vanderbilt University (about 53 miles; Nashville, TN; FT enrollment: 10,518)
  • Lipscomb University (about 53 miles; Nashville, TN; FT enrollment: 3,827)

Points of interest:

Click to draw/clear place borders

Notable locations in Forks of the River: Enigma (A), Smith County Fire Department District 2 (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Forks of the River include: Ballard Chapel (A), Macedonia Church (B), Saint Marys Church (C), Trinity Church (D), Green Valley Church (E), Elmwood United Methodist Church (F), Maggart United Methodist Church (G), Jack Apple Church (H), Caney Fork Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Winfree Cemetery (1), Bates Cemetery (2), Dickens Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Jersey Miniery Zinc Company Lake (A), Laurel Lake (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Maggarte Branch (A), Hurricane Creek (B), Ferguson Branch (C), Little Indian Creek (D), Brindley Branch (E), Dillard Creek (F), Perkins Branch (G), Young Branch (H), Turkey Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Forks of the River: Granville Recreation Area (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Smith County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Average household size:
This place:

2.6 people
Tennessee:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:

64.0%
Whole state:

69.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:

4.6%
Whole state:

4.2%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households
Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

12.0%
Whole state:

13.5%
Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This place:

3.6%
Whole state:

5.8%

For population 15 years and over in Forks of the River:

Marital status in Forks of the River, TN
  • Never married: 15.3%
  • Now married: 68.9%
  • Separated: 2.1%
  • Widowed: 6.6%
  • Divorced: 9.2%

For population 25 years and over in Forks of the River:

  • High school or higher: 65.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 8.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 3.1%
  • Unemployed: 4.4%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 34.6 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2000
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2000
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.1
Tennessee average:

13.3

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Forks of the River, TN (based on Smith County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,85329
Mainline Protestant1,25614
Black Protestant3072
Other11
Catholic--
None12,749-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Smith County:

3.19 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.99 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Smith County:

0.53 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.65 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 13
Smith County:

6.92 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.16 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 12
Smith County:

6.38 / 10,000 pop.
Tennessee:

6.56 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.5%
Tennessee:

11.4%
Adult obesity rate:
Smith County:

28.1%
Tennessee:

30.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.0%
State:

13.5%

6.88% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($37,215 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.88%
Tennessee average:

7.15%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Wilson County, TN  2.22% ($36,779 average AGI)
from Davidson County, TN  0.71% ($31,245)
from DeKalb County, TN  0.35% ($30,333)


5.85% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($41,522 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.85%
Tennessee average:

6.65%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Wilson County, TN  1.15% ($41,051 average AGI)
to Putnam County, TN  0.55% ($35,395)
to Davidson County, TN  0.35% ($36,000)

Strongest AM radio stations in Forks of the River:

  • WRKM (1350 AM; 1 kW; CARTHAGE, TN; Owner: WOOD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WAMB (1160 AM; 50 kW; DONELSON, TN; Owner: GREAT SOUTHERN BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WLAC (1510 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WKDA (1200 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: RADIO NASHVILLE, INC.)
  • WNQM (1300 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: WNQM. INC.)
  • WWAM (820 AM; daytime; 50 kW; JASPER, TN; Owner: SHELTON BROADCASTING SYSTEM)
  • WFLI (1070 AM; 50 kW; LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, TN; Owner: WFLI, INC.)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WPLN (1430 AM; 15 kW; MADISON, TN)
  • WMGC (810 AM; 5 kW; MURFREESBORO, TN; Owner: RADIO 810 NASHVILLE, LIMITED)
  • WHIN (1010 AM; 5 kW; GALLATIN, TN; Owner: WHIN, INC.)
  • WATX (1590 AM; 2 kW; ALGOOD, TN; Owner: JWC BROADCASTING)

Strongest FM radio stations in Forks of the River:

  • WUCZ (104.1 FM; CARTHAGE, TN; Owner: WOOD BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WGSQ (94.7 FM; COOKEVILLE, TN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WBXE (93.7 FM; BAXTER, TN; Owner: JWC BROADCASTING)
  • WMOT (89.5 FM; MURFREESBORO, TN; Owner: MIDDLE TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WWOG (90.9 FM; COOKEVILLE, TN; Owner: SOMERSET EDUCATIONAL BROADCASTING FOUNDATION)
  • WGFX (104.5 FM; GALLATIN, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WGIC (98.5 FM; COOKEVILLE, TN; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WLQK (95.9 FM; LIVINGSTON, TN; Owner: JWC BROADCASTING)
  • WMAK (96.3 FM; MURFREESBORO, TN; Owner: SOUTH CENTRAL COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WWTN (99.7 FM; MANCHESTER, TN; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WLIV-FM (104.7 FM; MONTEREY, TN; Owner: WKXN INC)
  • WKXD-FM (106.9 FM; MONTEREY, TN; Owner: JWC BROADCASTING)
  • W206AJ (89.1 FM; COOKEVILLE, TN; Owner: WAY-FM MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WHRS (91.7 FM; COOKEVILLE, TN; Owner: NASHVILLE PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WANT (98.9 FM; LEBANON, TN; Owner: BAY-POINTE BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLCT (102.1 FM; LAFAYETTE, TN; Owner: LAFAYETTE BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WFMQ (91.5 FM; LEBANON, TN; Owner: CUMBERLAND UNIVERSITY)

TV broadcast stations around Forks of the River:

  • WPGD (Channel 50; HENDERSONVILLE, TN; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WCTE (Channel 22; COOKEVILLE, TN; Owner: UPPER CUMBERLAND BROADCAST COUNCIL)
  • WHTN (Channel 39; MURFREESBORO, TN; Owner: CHRISTIAN TELEVISION NETWORK, INC.)
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Forks of the River, TN
  • 52.1%Electricity
  • 38.7%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 7.7%Wood
  • 1.5%Utility gas
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Forks of the River, TN
  • 48.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 27.9%Electricity
  • 20.2%Wood
  • 3.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Forks of the River compared to Tennessee state average:

  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Number of rooms per house significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
Cost of Living Calculator