Rockford, Tennessee

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Rockford, Tennessee
City
Location of Rockford, Tennessee
Location of Rockford, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°50′21″N 83°56′32″W / 35.83917°N 83.94222°W / 35.83917; -83.94222Coordinates: 35°50′21″N 83°56′32″W / 35.83917°N 83.94222°W / 35.83917; -83.94222
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Blount
Incorporated 1970[1]
Named for A ford over the Little River[2]
Area
 • Total 3.21 sq mi (8.31 km2)
 • Land 3.19 sq mi (8.25 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.06 km2)
Elevation 827 ft (252 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 856
 • Density 269/sq mi (103.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37853
Area code(s) 865
FIPS code 47-64160[3]
GNIS feature ID 1299809[4]

Rockford is a city in Blount County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 798 at the 2000 census and 856 at the 2010 census.[5] It is included in the Knoxville, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Rockford in 1942

Rockford is named for a river ford used by early 19th-century settlers and merchants travelling between Knoxville and Maryville.[2] As its name implies, the ford was unusually rocky, and thus preferred by travellers, as large amounts of silt and sand made much of the Little River difficult to cross. The community was called "Rocky Ford" by the early 1800s.[2]

Rockford incorporated as a city in the early 1970s to avoid being annexed by Alcoa or Maryville, both of which were growing rapidly.[2]

Geography[edit]

Rockford is located in northern Blount County at 35°50′21″N 83°56′32″W / 35.83917°N 83.94222°W / 35.83917; -83.94222 (35.839243, -83.942221).[6] The Little River, which rises in the Great Smoky Mountains and empties into the Tennessee River, passes through the city.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2), of which 0.023 square miles (0.06 km2), or 0.69%, is water.[5]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Rockford has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[7]

Climate data for Rockford, Tennessee
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 8
(47)
11
(51)
16
(60)
22
(71)
26
(79)
29
(85)
31
(88)
31
(88)
28
(82)
22
(72)
16
(60)
10
(50)
20.8
(69.4)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(30)
0
(32)
4
(40)
9
(49)
14
(57)
18
(64)
20
(68)
19
(67)
17
(62)
9
(49)
4
(40)
0
(32)
9.4
(49.2)
Precipitation mm (inches) 119
(4.7)
107
(4.2)
130
(5)
97
(3.8)
100
(4)
100
(4)
114
(4.5)
86
(3.4)
79
(3.1)
71
(2.8)
97
(3.8)
109
(4.3)
1,209
(47.6)
Source: Weatherbase [8]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 567
1990 646 13.9%
2000 798 23.5%
2010 856 7.3%
Est. 2012 857 0.1%
Sources:[9][10]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 798 people, 317 households, and 245 families residing in the city. The population density was 259.2 people per square mile (100.0/km²). There were 362 housing units at an average density of 117.6 per square mile (45.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.74% White, 1.13% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.38% Asian, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.75% of the population.

There were 317 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.1% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.4% were non-families. 18.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.8% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $43,816, and the median income for a family was $50,074. Males had a median income of $34,583 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,938. About 6.9% of families and 8.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.9% of those under age 18 and 4.2% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Rockford has one public school, Rockford Elementary School, a K-5 elementary school that is part of the Blount County Schools system. The school is located at 2738 Williams Mill Road.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  2. ^ a b c d Jim Matheny, "Why Do They Call It That? - Rockford in Blount County," WBIR.com, 24 October 2011. Retrieved: 15 November 2011.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Rockford city, Tennessee". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Rockford, Tennessee
  8. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013.  Retrieved on September 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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