Introduction to Erwin, Tennessee

Erwin, Tennessee, in Unicoi county, is 12 miles S of Johnson City, Tennessee and 108 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is part of the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol metropolitan statistical area. About 5,610 people live in Erwin.

Erwin History

The town of Erwin is the county seat of Unicoi country. It was formerly known as Greasy Cove. Erwin was officially incorporated in 1879. It was named in honor of D.J.N. Ervin, who donated land for establishing the county seat. The town got its present name due to a typographical error by post office officials.

Erwin and nearby Attractions

  • Unicoi County Heritage Museum
  • Willow Springs Park
  • Jonesborough History Museum
  • Museum Warehouse
  • Davy Crockett Birthplace State Park
  • Rotary Park

Things To Do In Erwin

Rotary Park and Willow Springs Park provide amenities for several different types of recreational activities. Local celebrations include the Unicoi County Apple Festival and the National Storytelling Festival. One can also visit the Play it Again Laser Storm family amusement park while in Erwin.

Erwin Transportation

Chatanooga Metropolitan Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Erwin Higher Education

Higher studies can be pursued at East Tennessee State University, Northeast State Technical Community College, the University of North Carolina at Asheville and Appalachian State University.


Total Population 6,052
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 19.9%
Employed Population 16+ 1,878
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 58.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.4%
Median Earnings25+ $26,503
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,470
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,018


Median Family Income $39,740
% Above Poverty Level 73%
% Below Poverty Level 27%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $554
Median House Value $103,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.8%
US/American 0%
English 8.6%
Irish 11.5%

Erwin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 12 miles S of Johnson City, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 108 miles NW of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Unicoi
Metro Area Johnson City - Kingsport - Bristol
Standard Zip Codes 37650
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.145
Longitude -82.416

Erwin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station ERWIN 1 W
Distance 1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.8 inches
Distance 18.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 66 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 43.8 inches
Distance 22.3 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 42 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 41.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Elizabethton 14,322 $43,301
Greeneville 15,015 $51,418
Johnson City 64,614 $55,273
Jonesborough 5,138 $61,318
Unicoi 3,618 $56,410
Watauga 360 $55,208

Erwin Public Libraries

Unicoi County Public Library
Erwin, Tennessee
(423) 743-6533

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Erwin Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(423) 743-3141
Emergency Service: Yes

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