Spring City, Tennessee

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Spring City, Tennessee
Town
Location of Spring City, Tennessee
Location of Spring City, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°41′22″N 84°51′50″W / 35.68944°N 84.86389°W / 35.68944; -84.86389Coordinates: 35°41′22″N 84°51′50″W / 35.68944°N 84.86389°W / 35.68944; -84.86389
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Rhea
Area
 • Total 2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 761 ft (232 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,981
 • Density 829.9/sq mi (320.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 37337, 37381
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-70400[1]
GNIS feature ID 1303755[2]

Spring City is a town in Rhea County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,025 at the 2000 census and 1,981 at the 2010 census.

Geography[edit]

Spring City is located at 35°41′22″N 84°51′50″W / 35.68944°N 84.86389°W / 35.68944; -84.86389 (35.689422, -84.863885).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2), of which, 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (1.21%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 598
1900 640 7.0%
1910 1,030 60.9%
1920 1,001 −2.8%
1930 1,090 8.9%
1940 1,569 43.9%
1950 1,725 9.9%
1960 1,800 4.3%
1970 1,756 −2.4%
1980 1,951 11.1%
1990 2,199 12.7%
2000 2,025 −7.9%
2010 1,981 −2.2%
Est. 2012 1,995 0.7%
Sources:[4][5]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,025 people, 861 households, and 533 families residing in the town. The population density was 829.9 people per square mile (320.4/km²). There were 974 housing units at an average density of 399.2 per square mile (154.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.52% White, 4.49% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.05% Asian, and 0.54% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.49% of the population.

There were 861 households out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.4% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 23.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 24.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 86.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,009, and the median income for a family was $31,894. Males had a median income of $27,692 versus $22,050 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,506. About 15.5% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.7% of those under age 18 and 18.8% of those age 65 or over.

1955 school bus tragedy[edit]

On August 22, 1955 11 schoolchildren were killed, and many others injured, when their school bus was struck by a freight train at a track crossing.[6]

Watts Bar Nuclear Plant[edit]

A recent boom to the economy of Spring City is the construction of Unit 2 at nearby Watts Bar Nuclear Generating Station. The project is projected to bring in around 2300 contractor jobs and to result in around 250 additional permanent jobs upon completion in 2013.[7]

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