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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 6,028
Male Share of the Population 47.3%
Female Share of the Population 52.7%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 1,813
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 53.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.7%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $36,094
% Above Poverty Level 68%
% Below Poverty Level 32%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%

Housing

People Living Alone 35.2%
Median Gross Rent $568
Median House Value $97,400

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 28.7%
US/American 0%
English 8.7%
Irish 12%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station ELIZABETHTON
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
Station BRISTOL TRI CITY AP
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 14,058 $43,173
Greeneville 15,031 $45,498
Johnson City 64,978 $55,387
Jonesborough 5,189 $61,333
Unicoi 3,598 $53,783
Watauga 376 $47,045

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Erwin Public Libraries

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

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Erwin Hospitals

UNICOI COUNTY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
GREENWAY CIRCLE
(423) 743-3141
Emergency Service: Yes

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UNICOI COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
500 UNAKA WAY
423-743-1632
Serves 786 students.

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