Monteagle, Tennessee

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Monteagle, Tennessee
Location of Monteagle, Tennessee
Location of Monteagle, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°14′24″N 85°50′4″W / 35.24000°N 85.83444°W / 35.24000; -85.83444Coordinates: 35°14′24″N 85°50′4″W / 35.24000°N 85.83444°W / 35.24000; -85.83444
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Grundy, Marion, Franklin
Founded 1870[1]
Incorporated 1962[2]
Named for Eagles that once lived in the area[3]
 • Total 8.2 sq mi (21.4 km2)
 • Land 8.1 sq mi (21.1 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 1,923 ft (586 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,192
 • Density 152.2/sq mi (58.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 37356
Area code(s) 931, 423
FIPS code 47-49740[4]
GNIS feature ID 1314141[5]
Monteagle highway scene, circa 1941

Monteagle is a town in Franklin, Grundy, and Marion counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee, in the Cumberland Plateau region of the southeastern part of the state. The population was 1,238 at the 2000 census – 804 of the town's 1,238 residents (64.9%) lived in Grundy County, 428 (34.6%) in Marion County, and 6 (0.5%) in Franklin County.[6] The population at the 2010 census was 1,192.

The Marion County portion of Monteagle is part of the ChattanoogaGA Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Franklin County portion is part of the Tullahoma, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Monteagle is most famous for the treacherous stretch of Interstate 24 that passes through the town. It is here that the highway passes over what is colloquially referred to as "The Monteagle" or "Monteagle Mountain", a section of the southern Cumberland Plateau which is a major landmark on the road between Chattanooga and Nashville. The interstate regularly shuts down in inclement weather, routing traffic onto U.S. Route 41. In the Jerry Reed song "The Legend", which is the opening track in the film Smokey and the Bandit, Reed tells the story of the Bandit miraculously surviving brake failure on the "Monteagle Grade." There is also a song called "Monteagle Mountain" by Johnny Cash on the album Boom Chicka Boom.

The town is home to the Monteagle Sunday School Assembly. The Highlander Folk School, long involved in the labor and civil rights movements, was located here from 1932 to 1961. Rosa Parks attended workshops there shortly before the Montgomery Bus Boycott.[citation needed]


Monteagle is located at 35°14′24″N 85°50′4″W / 35.24000°N 85.83444°W / 35.24000; -85.83444 (35.239941, -85.834372).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.4 km²), of which 8.1 square miles (21.1 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.3 km²) (1.33%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 934
1980 1,126 20.6%
1990 1,138 1.1%
2000 1,238 8.8%
2010 1,192 −3.7%
Est. 2014 1,175 [8] −1.4%

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 1,238 people, 477 households, and 321 families residing in the town. The population density was 152.2 people per square mile (58.7/km²). There were 701 housing units at an average density of 86.2 per square mile (33.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.45% White, 1.37% African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 1.05% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population.

There were 477 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.3% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.5% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 23.0% from 25 to 44, 24.2% from 45 to 64, and 25.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 89.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,464, and the median income for a family was $29,886. Males had a median income of $24,643 versus $17,708 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,983. About 21.7% of families and 25.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.4% of those under age 18 and 17.6% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ Monteagle, Monteagle Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Retrieved: 23 January 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ Nancy Capace, Encyclopedia of Tennessee (North American Book Distributors, 2000), p. 203.
  4. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Subcounty population estimates: Tennessee 2000-2006" (CSV). United States Census Bureau, Population Division. 2007-06-28. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  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. 
  11. ^ William Armstrong Percy, 'William Alexander Percy,' in Carryin' On in the Lesbian and Gay South, John Howard (ed.), New York and London: New York University Press, 1997, p. 87