Roan Mountain, Tennessee
- This article is about the community of Roan Mountain, Tennessee, a census-designated place. For the nearby state park, see Roan Mountain State Park.
|Roan Mountain, Tennessee|
|— CDP —|
|Roan Mountain Rhododendrons Gardens are located above the community of Roan Mountain.|
|Motto: Nature's beauty at its best|
|• Total||6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)|
|• Land||6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||6,286 ft (786 m)|
|• Density||210/sq mi ( 79/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1299556|
Roan Mountain is a census-designated place (CDP) in Carter County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,360 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.
Roan Mountain is located in northeast Tennessee at . The elevation at Roan Mountain varies from 2,550 feet (780 m) in the center of the CDP to 6,285 feet (1,916 m) at the alpine summit of Roan Mountain, 7 miles (11 km) away by air.(36.194219, -82.068417)
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.2 km²), all land.
Elk Park, North Carolina is found on the opposite (southern) side of Roan Mountain and across the Tennessee-North Carolina state line.
The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ("Tweetsie") passed through the town until it ceased operations in 1950.
- Interstate 26 to Exit 31 (Elizabethton);
- U.S. Route 321 east to Elizabethton, and;
- US Highway 19-E at Elizabethton then south into Roan Mountain, Tennessee.
As of 2004, US 19 splits into US 19E and US 19W in Bluff City, Tennessee. north of Elizabethton. The routes rejoin in rural Yancey County, North Carolina. While US 19W heads directly for Interstate 26 at Exits 35 and 36 in Johnson City, Tennessee, US 19E takes a 70-mile (113 km) path through the Great Smoky Mountains. US 19W breaks off I-26 shortly before the Tennessee-North Carolina border, and passes through the mountains of Yancey County, North Carolina.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,160 people, 484 households, and 351 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 60.4/km² (156.4/sq mi) and there were 539 housing units at an average density of 72.7/sq mi (28.0/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 99.48% White, 0.26% African American, 0.09% Native American, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.17% of the population.
There were 484 households out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.0% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.3% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.6 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $17,813, and the median income for a family was $24,524. Males had a median income of $19,044 versus $20,792 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $12,046. About 23.4% of families and 27.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.4% of those under age 18 and 26.4% of those age 65 or over.
The Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival is held each summer at the lower elevation of Roan Mountain State Park, offering visitors opportunities to sample traditional foods, purchase locally handmade crafts, and listen to a variety of traditional Southern Appalachian musicians, as well as to view the alpine catawba rhododendron gardens whose blooming season usually peaks during the third or fourth weekend in June.
The Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, a well-known old-time string band performing traditional Appalachian music, hail from the Roan Mountain area. This family band has been featured at venues including the Smithsonian Museum's American Folklife Festival, the 1982 World's Fair in Knoxville, Tennessee, and the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The band has received numerous awards and recognitions, and acquired an unexpected audience after Malcolm McLaren sampled some of its music in his 1982 hit song, "Buffalo Girls." Later the Hilltoppers' home was visited by the Sex Pistols and Boy George.
See also 
- Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail
- Overmountain Men
- James Robertson (early American)
- John Sevier
- Isaac Shelby
- Cloudland High School
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Roan Mountain Hilltoppers, Clinch Mountain Music Fest website, accessed May 25, 2010
- Marsha Barber, God save the Hilltoppers, Mountain XPress, Vol. 10 / Iss. 44, 06/09/2004
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Wild Flowers 
- Roan Mountain Rhododendron Festival (third or fourth weekend in June)
- Association of Southern Biologists - 2002 Field Trips (Roan Mountain)
Roan Mountain Tourism and Recreation 
- Roan Mountain State Park - Tennessee State Parks.
- Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association - Online Visitor's Guide
- The Roan
- "Explore The Trail - Tennessee." Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
- The Wataugans - The Official Outdoor Drama of the State of Tennessee[dead link]
- Overmountain Victory National Historic Trail - National Park Service.
- The Overmountain Victory Trail Association.
- Sycamore Shoals State Park (Elizabethton)- Tennessee Park Service.
- National Register of Historical Places - TENNESSEE (TN), Carter County.