Campbell County, Tennessee

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Campbell County
County of Campbell
Campbell County Courthouse in Jacksboro
Campbell County Courthouse in Jacksboro
Official seal of Campbell County
Official logo of Campbell County
Map of Tennessee highlighting Campbell County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°25′N 84°09′W / 36.41°N 84.15°W / 36.41; -84.15
Country United States
State Tennessee
FoundedSeptember 11, 1806
Named forArthur Campbell[1]
SeatJacksboro
Largest cityLaFollette
Area
 • Total498 sq mi (1,290 km2)
 • Land480 sq mi (1,200 km2)
 • Water18 sq mi (50 km2)  3.6%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total39,272 Decrease
 • Density81.82/sq mi (31.59/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts2nd, 3rd
Websitewww.campbellcountytn.gov

Campbell County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located on the state's northern border in East Tennessee. As of the 2020 census, its population was 39,272.[2] Its county seat is Jacksboro.[3] Campbell County is included in the Knoxville metropolitan statistical area.

History[edit]

Campbell County was formed in 1806 from parts of Anderson and Claiborne Counties. It was named in honor of Colonel Arthur Campbell (1743–1811), a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses and an officer during the American Revolutionary War.[4]

New Mammoth Cave, located in Elk Valley, just west of Jellico, was mined for saltpeter (the main ingredient of gunpowder) during the War of 1812. This cave possibly was also mined during the Civil War. In 1921, the cave was developed as a tourist attraction and was open to the public until at least 1928. Today, New Mammoth Cave is securely gated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. It is protected as a sanctuary for bats, including the federally endangered Indiana bat.[5]

During the Civil War, the county's sympathies were predominantly with the Union. On June 8, 1861, voters in Campbell County rejected Tennessee's Ordinance of Secession by a vote of 1,094 to 60.[6] On August 1, 1861, Campbell County became the first Tennessee county to form a Union Army unit for the Civil War, organizing Company B of the 1st Tennessee Infantry at Jacksboro.[7]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 498 sq mi (1,290 km2), of which 480 sq mi (1,200 km2) are land and 18 sq mi (47 km2) (3.6%) are covered by water.[8]

Campbell County is situated in a geological border region between the Cumberland Mountains in the northwest and the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley Range in the southeast. This border area is characterized by several large, elongated ridges, namely Cross Mountain in the west and Cumberland Mountain, Walnut Mountain, and Pine Mountain to the north. Ivydale, situated in the Cumberland Mountains region, is the exact geographical center of Campbell County. Elevations vary widely across the county, ranging from 3,534 ft (1,077 m) at Cross Mountain to slightly less than 1,000 ft (300 m) a few miles away at Norris Lake. Norris Lake— an artificial reservoir created by the Tennessee Valley Authority in the 1930s— is the main body of water in the region. It is fed by the Clinch and Powell Rivers, as well as several large creeks, most notably Davis Creek, Big Creek, and Cove Creek. Cove Creek also feeds the much smaller Cove Lake— a recreational lake built by TVA in the 1930s as part of the Norris project— which is located near Caryville.

View across Cumberland Mountain from the Cumberland Trail

Most of the county's residents live in the southern half of the county, where La Follette, Jacksboro, and Caryville are located. Jellico, located along the Tennessee-Kentucky border, is the most notable populated area in the county's plateau section.

Portions of the county north of Walnut Mountain are part of the Cumberland River watershed. Portions of the county south of Walnut Mountain are part of the Tennessee River watershed. In the northwestern part of the county, a large valley, known as Elk Valley, runs from southwest to northeast, from Pioneer to Jellico.

Adjacent counties[edit]

State-protected areas[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
18102,668
18204,24459.1%
18305,11020.4%
18406,14920.3%
18506,068−1.3%
18606,71210.6%
18707,44510.9%
188010,00534.4%
189013,48634.8%
190017,31728.4%
191027,38758.2%
192028,2653.2%
193026,827−5.1%
194031,13116.0%
195034,36910.4%
196027,936−18.7%
197026,045−6.8%
198034,92334.1%
199035,0790.4%
200039,85413.6%
201040,7162.2%
202039,272−3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]
1790-1960[10] 1900-1990[11]
1990-2000[12] 2010-2020[2]
Age pyramid Campbell County[13]

2020 census[edit]

Campbell County racial composition[14]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 37,101 94.47%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 130 0.33%
Native American 77 0.2%
Asian 94 0.24%
Other/Mixed 1,370 3.49%
Hispanic or Latino 500 1.27%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 39,272 people, 16,192 households, and 11,127 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[15] of 2000, 39,854 people, 16,125 households, and 11,577 families were residing in the county. The population density was 83 people/sq mi (32/km2). The 18,527 housing units averaged 39/sq mi (15/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 98.13% White, 0.30% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.16% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. About 0.67% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

Of the 16,125 households, 29.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.30% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were not families. About 25.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 or older. The average household size was 2.44, and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the age distribution was 22.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 28.00% from 25 to 44, 25.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.10% who were 65 or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,285, and for a family was $30,197. Males had a median income of $26,762 versus $19,138 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,301. About 18.40% of families and 22.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.00% of those under age 18 and 17.70% of those age 65 or over.


Economy[edit]

Coal mining[edit]

The Cumberland Plateau section of Campbell County is part of the massive Appalachian coalfield that dominates much of Central Appalachia, thus the Jellico section of the county has more in common economically with southeastern Kentucky and West Virginia, whereas the southern parts of the county economically resemble East Tennessee. The coal seams near Jellico produced a slow-burning bituminous coal that helped make Campbell County Tennessee's largest coal-producing county in the early 20th century.

Tourism[edit]

Campbell County is home to Norris Lake and the Royal Blue Trails Complex. Much of Norris Lake is along its southern boundary, as well as several wildlife management areas such as the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area, which includes the Royal Blue Trails. Campbell County boasts 11 marinas on Norris Lake, drawing tens of thousands of visitors annually. The county is home to Lonus Young County Park on Norris Lake and four state parks: Cove Lake State Park near Caryville, Indian Mountain State Park near Jellico, Norris Dam State Park near Rocky Top, and the Cumberland Trail State Park coursing the mountaintops overlooking LaFollette, Jacksboro, and Caryville from Speedwell in the east to the southern reaches of the county near one of the last railroad water tanks near the Shea community. Over a million visitors frequent the Tennessee Welcome Center along I-75 at Jellico each year.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Politics[edit]

Like most of East Tennessee, Campbell County has historically been a Republican stronghold. Since the founding of the Republican Party, only three Democratic Presidents, all Southerners, have carried the county. Campbell County was one of only two counties in East Tennessee won by Democrat and native Tennessean Al Gore in 2000, the other being Marion.[16] Gore is the only losing Democrat to have ever carried the county (although he did win the national popular vote).[17]

United States presidential election results for Campbell County, Tennessee[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 12,331 82.58% 2,441 16.35% 161 1.08%
2016 9,870 78.76% 2,248 17.94% 414 3.30%
2012 8,604 71.10% 3,328 27.50% 169 1.40%
2008 8,535 67.59% 3,867 30.62% 226 1.79%
2004 7,859 55.67% 6,163 43.65% 96 0.68%
2000 5,784 46.57% 6,492 52.27% 145 1.17%
1996 4,393 38.59% 6,122 53.77% 870 7.64%
1992 4,897 37.87% 6,756 52.25% 1,278 9.88%
1988 5,197 55.19% 4,188 44.48% 31 0.33%
1984 5,685 54.43% 4,692 44.93% 67 0.64%
1980 5,537 52.99% 4,752 45.47% 161 1.54%
1976 4,277 44.75% 5,206 54.47% 74 0.77%
1972 4,909 73.41% 1,629 24.36% 149 2.23%
1968 4,024 52.54% 2,268 29.61% 1,367 17.85%
1964 4,232 48.96% 4,412 51.04% 0 0.00%
1960 5,079 61.21% 3,134 37.77% 84 1.01%
1956 5,065 64.78% 2,628 33.61% 126 1.61%
1952 4,557 65.63% 2,346 33.79% 40 0.58%
1948 2,922 54.92% 2,267 42.61% 131 2.46%
1944 3,244 61.56% 2,008 38.10% 18 0.34%
1940 2,799 50.78% 2,688 48.77% 25 0.45%
1936 2,814 50.96% 2,703 48.95% 5 0.09%
1932 2,735 59.34% 1,834 39.79% 40 0.87%
1928 3,007 83.69% 583 16.23% 3 0.08%
1924 2,620 73.78% 648 18.25% 283 7.97%
1920 3,368 83.82% 650 16.18% 0 0.00%
1916 1,670 75.87% 485 22.04% 46 2.09%
1912 302 14.37% 554 26.37% 1,245 59.26%


See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Adrion Baird and Lanier DeVours, "Campbell County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 6 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Campbell County, Tennessee". quickfacts.census.gov. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 29, 2021.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ History of Campbell County, originally published on county's official website. Accessed at Archive.org, 6 April 2013.
  5. ^ Matthews, Larry E. (2008). "Chapter 6: New Mammoth Cave". Caves of Knoxville and the Great Smoky Mountains. pp. 117–130. ISBN 978-1-879961-30-2.
  6. ^ Oliver Perry Temple, East Tennessee and the Civil War (R. Clarke Company, 1899), p. 199.
  7. ^ Joe Stephens, Citizen's Voice: Campbell County first in state to form Union units, Knoxville News Sentinel, July 30, 2011, page 2B.
  8. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  13. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  14. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 27, 2021.
  15. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  16. ^ a b Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved February 22, 2021.
  17. ^ "Presidential election of 2000 - Map by counties". geoelections.free.fr. Retrieved August 12, 2021.

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Coordinates: 36°25′N 84°09′W / 36.41°N 84.15°W / 36.41; -84.15