Bulls Gap, Tennessee

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Bulls Gap, Tennessee
Several buildings in the old section of Bulls Gap
Several buildings in the old section of Bulls Gap
Nickname(s): Home of Archie Campbell
Location in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Location in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Bulls Gap is located in Tennessee
Bulls Gap
Bulls Gap
Location in Hawkins County, Tennessee
Bulls Gap is located in the US
Bulls Gap
Bulls Gap
Bulls Gap (the US)
Coordinates: 36°15′33″N 83°4′46″W / 36.25917°N 83.07944°W / 36.25917; -83.07944
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hawkins
Settled 1792[1]
Incorporated 1955[2]
Named for John Bull (early settler)[3]
 • Type Board of Mayor and Aldermen
 • Mayor Mike Solomon
 • Vice Mayor Charles Johnson
 • Aldermen
 • Total 1.3 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Land 1.3 sq mi (3.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,181 ft (360 m)
Population (2010)[4]
 • Total 738
 • Estimate (2016)[5] 724
 • Density 571/sq mi (220.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37711
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-09560[6]
GNIS feature ID 1269404[7]
Website www.bullsgaptn.us

Bulls Gap is a town in Hawkins County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 738 at the 2010 census. It is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) 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.

The downtown area is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Bulls Gap Historic District.

The town was named for the famous gunsmith, John Bull, who made his home in the gap of mountains.[8]


Bulls Gap is located at 36°15′33″N 83°4′46″W / 36.25917°N 83.07944°W / 36.25917; -83.07944 (36.259094, -83.079507).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 682
1970 774 13.5%
1980 821 6.1%
1990 659 −19.7%
2000 714 8.3%
2010 738 3.4%
Est. 2016 724 [5] −1.9%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 714 people, 319 households, and 210 families residing in the town. The population density was 570.6 people per square mile (220.5/km²). There were 348 housing units at an average density of 278.1 per square mile (107.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.02% White, 0.70% African American, and 0.28% from two or more races.

There were 319 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.8% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 6.4% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,074, and the median income for a family was $28,917. Males had a median income of $29,306 versus $21,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,822. About 23.9% of families and 22.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.

Archie Campbell[edit]

Legendary country comedian Archie Campbell was a native of Bulls Gap. Campbell referred to the town in many of his classic comedy routines. His house has been preserved as a museum and tourist attraction, and U.S. Route 11E through Bulls Gap was renamed "Archie Campbell Highway" following his death in 1987. Every Labor Day weekend the town has an annual three-day celebration honoring Campbell with a car show, food and live music.


Schools serving Bulls Gap are a part of the Hawkins County School System, they include:

Postal service[edit]

Bulls Gap has a post office, it is located on US Route 11E.

Bulls Gap has a zip code (37711). It serves portions of Greene, Hawkins and Hamblen counties.


  1. ^ Bulls Gap official website. Retrieved: 17 January 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ Larry Miller, Tennessee Place Names (Indiana University Press, 2001), p. 33.
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties, State of Tennessee official website, 14 July 2011. Retrieved: 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  8. ^ Rogersville Chamber of Commerce. "Bulls Gap". Rogersville Chamber of Commerce. Rogersville Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved 1/12/16.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  11. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

Coordinates: 36°15′33″N 83°04′46″W / 36.259094°N 83.079507°W / 36.259094; -83.079507