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Apison, Tennessee

Coordinates: 35°01′26″N 85°01′26″W / 35.02389°N 85.02389°W / 35.02389; -85.02389
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Apison, Tennessee
Apison is located in Tennessee
Apison is located in the United States
Coordinates: 35°01′26″N 85°01′26″W / 35.02389°N 85.02389°W / 35.02389; -85.02389
CountryUnited States
 • Total16.19 sq mi (41.93 km2)
 • Land16.18 sq mi (41.91 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation860 ft (260 m)
 • Total4,428
 • Density273.64/sq mi (105.65/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code423
GNIS feature ID1275817[2]

Apison is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. It is a rural area east of the city of Chattanooga, and borders Ooltewah, Collegedale, and north Georgia to the south. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2020 census, its population was 4,428.[4]

Apison is fifteen miles from Enterprise South Industrial Park,[5] the location of Volkswagen North America.


In 1881 the railroad came through a small settlement, now known as Apison, that had previously had its mail delivered by horse and buggy. The town then was known as O'Brian that was assigned by the railroad officials. The name was later changed because of another Tennessee town already having the same name. Due to the large deposits of Apison shale rock found along the railroad tracks, the town was renamed to its current name.[6]

In 2001, the old Apison Elementary School was turned into a Tres Dias retreat center.[7]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

2020 census[edit]

Apison racial composition[9]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,717 83.94%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 99 2.24%
Native American 9 0.2%
Asian 84 1.9%
Pacific Islander 4 0.09%
Other/Mixed 228 5.15%
Hispanic or Latino 287 6.48%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,428 people, 987 households, and 803 families residing in the CDP.

Popular culture[edit]

Apison was depicted in the X-Files episode "The Field Where I Died."[10]


Apison Elementary School[11] is located at 10433 East Brainerd Road. Middle school and high school students may attend either East Hamilton or Ooltewah Middle School/High School.


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Apison, Tennessee
  3. ^ "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  5. ^ "Enterprise South Industrial Park Homepage". Archived from the original on August 2, 2011. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  6. ^ Apison - Our Community Past and Present
  7. ^ "Southeast Tennessee Tres Dias Directions". www.tdsetn.org. Archived from the original on October 28, 2004.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  9. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 25, 2021.
  10. ^ "X-Files Episode Locations in Tennessee". The X-Files Mapping Project. Archived from the original on November 13, 2011. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  11. ^ Apison Elementary School web site