Introduction to Harriman, Tennessee

Harriman, Tennessee, in Roane county, is 35 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee and 125 miles E of Nashville, Tennessee. There are 6,744 residents in the city.

Harriman History

Harriman was established in the late 19th century. It was named in honor of Walter Harriman, a governor of New Hampshire. The founders of the city also established the American Temperance University in 1893. Much of the city's industry was wiped out by a destructive flood of the Emory River and by the stock market crash in 1929.

Harriman and nearby Attractions

  • Roane County Park
  • Harriman Heritage Museum
  • Obed Wild and Scenic River
  • Frozen Head State Park
  • Children's Museum of Oak Ridge
  • Fort Loudoun State Historic Area

Things To Do In Harriman

While staying in Harriman, one can visit the Obed Wild and Scenic River, the Roane County Park or the Frozen Head State Park. The Harriman Heritage Museum provides insight into the area’s history. The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, the American Museum of Science and Energy, the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and Kingstone Lisle are nearby as well. The Emory Golf and Country Club provides facilities for golfers. The Hooray for Harriman Harvest Fest is held in Harriman every October, while the city hosts the Polk Salad Festival every May.

Harriman Transportation

Air transport facilities are available at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Harriman Higher Education

Roane State Community College and Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman are the local institutions of higher education. One can also pursue higher education at The University of Tennessee.


Total Population 6,296
Male Share of the Population 47%
Female Share of the Population 53%
Senior Citizens 22.4%
Employed Population 16+ 1,931
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 41%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 11.6%
Median Earnings25+ $22,428
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,841
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,181


Median Family Income $38,448
% Above Poverty Level 74.6%
% Below Poverty Level 25.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 39.4%
Median Gross Rent $674
Median House Value $85,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.4%
Irish 11.2%

Harriman Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 35 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 125 miles E of Nashville, Tennessee
County Roane
Standard Zip Codes 37748
Phone Area Codes 865
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.933
Longitude -84.552

Harriman Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ROCKWOOD 2
Distance 10.1 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 60.2 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Distance 32.9 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 46 F
Apr Temp 47 to 69 F
Jul Temp 69 to 87 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Harriman, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Emory Gap (37748)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Kingston 5,888 $57,356
Midtown 1,528 $43,421
Oakdale 230 $38,125
Oliver Springs 3,063 $47,570
Rockwood 5,480 $39,205
Wartburg 764 $42,500

Harriman Public Libraries

Harriman Public Library
Harriman, Tennessee
(865) 882-3195

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Harriman Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(865) 882-1323
Emergency Service: Yes

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