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Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Mount Juliet
City
Official seal of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Seal
Motto(s): City Between The Lakes
Location of Mount Juliet in Wilson County, Tennessee.
Location of Mount Juliet in Wilson County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°12′10″N 86°30′49″W / 36.20278°N 86.51361°W / 36.20278; -86.51361Coordinates: 36°12′10″N 86°30′49″W / 36.20278°N 86.51361°W / 36.20278; -86.51361
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Wilson
Founded 1835[1]
Incorporated 1972[1][2]
Named for Mount Juliet Estate (County Kilkenny, Ireland)[3]
Government
 • Mayor Ed Hagerty
Area
 • Total 25.1 sq mi (64.9 km2)
 • Land 24.7 sq mi (64.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation 683 ft (208 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 23,671
 • Estimate (2016)[4] 33,263
 • Density 761/sq mi (293.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 37121 (P.O. boxes)
37122 (gen. delivery)
37138 (northwestern gen. delivery)
Area code(s) 615, 629
FIPS code 47-50780
Website www.mtjuliet-tn.gov

Mt. Juliet[5] (also known as Mount Juliet) is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles (27 km) east of downtown Nashville. Mt. Juliet is located mostly between two major national east-west routes, Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70. As of 2016, Mt. Juliet has a population of approximately 33,263 people. Mt. Juliet is the largest city in Wilson County. The official city charter has the name listed as Mt. Juliet[6], however the United States Postal Service lists the name as Mount Juliet[7].

History[edit]

Mt. Juliet was formed in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1972.[1][2] According to the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, the name of the town has two possible explanations. One theory is that the town was named for Julia Gleaves, a person who was renowned for taking care of those in need within the community. The most widely accepted story is that Mt. Juliet is named for the Mount Juliet Estate, a manor house in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is the only U.S. city with this name. [8]

Geography[edit]

Defunct sign on Mt. Juliet Road (Highway 171) welcoming commuters to Mt. Juliet. (Replaced 2017)

Mt. Juliet is located at 36°12'10" North, 86°30'49" West (36.202654, −86.513583).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 16.2 square miles (42 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is water. The total area is 1.99% water. Recent annexations along the east side of South Rutland Road as well as a land swap with the City of Lebanon for the Bel Air at Beckwith project (southeast quadrant of I-40/Beckwith Road interchange) have increased the city's geographical area to approximately 21.78 square miles (56.4 km2).

Mt. Juliet's official city slogan is "The City Between The Lakes", reflecting the city's proximity to Old Hickory Lake (Cumberland River) to its north and Percy Priest Lake (Stones River) to its south, both of which are man-made reservoirs.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
19802,879
19905,38987.2%
200012,366129.5%
201023,67191.4%
Est. 201633,263[4]40.5%
Sources:[10][11]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 12,366 people, 4,341 households, and 3,576 families residing in the city. The population density was 761.2 people per square mile (293.8/km²). There were 4,673 housing units at an average density of 287.6 per square mile (111.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.86% Caucasian, 3.93% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Dating back to the mid-1800s Cook's United Methodist Church is one of the oldest churches in Mt. Juliet

There were 4,341 households out of which 46.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.6% were non-families. Thirteen-point-eight percent of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

In 2016, the median income for a household in the city was $77,965 and the median family income is $78,443. The medium value of owner-occupied housing units is $223,800. 2.4% of the population and 1.7% of families were below the poverty line. 3.2% of those under the age of 18 and 4.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Wilson County is the 2nd wealthiest county in Tennessee.

Mt. Juliet has claimed to be the "fastest-growing city in Tennessee," and it does qualify for this distinction if one considers growth from 2000–2015 for Tennessee cities with a population over 10,000. In recent years, Thompsons Station in Williamson County and Spring Hill in Williamson County have grown by a larger percentage basis. Mt. Juliet remains one of the fastest growing places in Tennessee.

Mt. Juliet City Hall on Mt. Juliet Rd.

Government and politics[edit]

Mt. Juliet was incorporated in 1972 and operates on a "city manager-commission" system.[2] The city has five elected leaders: four commissioners (Ray Justice, James Maness, Art Giles and Brian Abston – one from each of the city's four districts), and a mayor (Ed Hagerty) elected at large and serving as chairperson of the city commission. Elected officials, including the mayor, are not employed full-time by the city. The commission selects and appoints a city manager, who is employed full-time and runs the city's business on a day-to-day basis. All elected city officials serve four-year terms.

Mt. Juliet currently serves as the anchor city for Tennessee House of Representatives District 57 and Tennessee Senate District 17. In 2012, after many years in Tennessee's 5th congressional district, Mt. Juliet was redistricted into Tennessee's 6th congressional district.

Education[edit]

Mt. Juliet schools are operated by the Wilson County School District.[13]

Two middle schools are located within the city limits:

  • Mt. Juliet Middle (feeds to MJHS) (Golden Bears)
  • West Wilson Middle (feeds to either WCHS or MJHS) (Wildcats, previously known as the Wolves)

Transportation[edit]

Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70 (Lebanon Road) run east/west through Mt. Juliet, and State Route 171 (Mt Juliet Road) runs north-to-south connecting US-70 to I-40, before continuing toward Interstate 24 in the Antioch area.

Mt. Juliet serves as a stop on the Music City Star commuter rail service from Nashville to Lebanon, operating over freight carrier Nashville and Eastern Railroad. The Music City star has stations in downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Martha (HY. 109), and Lebanon. The Music City Star also runs trains for Tennessee Titans games, New Year's Eve, Wilson County Fair, other events downtown Nashville. Additionally, a Friday night train has been added to give Mt. Juliet residents the option of taking the train for Friday night excursions.

For commercial air traffic, Mt. Juliet is served by Nashville International Airport, located 9 miles (14 km) west of the city via Interstate 40.

City services[edit]

The City of Mt. Juliet operates a police department. Ambulance service are provided by WEMA (the Wilson Emergency Management Agency). The city has a combination career and volunteer Fire Department (MJFD) with one station on Belinda Parkway and another station located on Hill Street.[14] MJFD is currently in discussions to open a third fire station on the north side of Mt. Juliet. There is one WEMA fire station also within the city limits. Mt. Juliet has a new police station near Charlie Daniels Park on the city's northwest side. In December 2008, the Mt. Juliet Police Department Animal Control Division opened a shelter on Industrial Drive.

Media/communications[edit]

Mt. Juliet falls within the circulation areas of daily newspapers The (Nashville) Tennessean and the Lebanon Democrat.

Notable people[edit]

Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c About Mt. Juliet Archived March 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Mt. Juliet Chamber Commerce website. Retrieved: April 24, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "CITY MANAGER-COMMISSION CHARTER" (PDF). Mount Juliet, Tennessee. p. C-1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-11-29. Retrieved November 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Larry Miller, Tennessee Place Names (Indiana University Press, 2001), p. 144.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Municode Library". library.municode.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  6. ^ "Municode Library". www.municode.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  7. ^ "USPS.com® - ZIP Code™ Lookup". tools.usps.com. Retrieved 2017-05-26. 
  8. ^ "Mt. Juliet West Wilson Chamber of Commerce – Community Information". Archived from the original on April 3, 2007. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. 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 June 17, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ http://www.wcschools.com
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 21, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2014. 

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