La Follette, Tennessee

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La Follette, Tennessee

Introduction to La Follette, Tennessee

La Follette, Tennessee, in Campbell county, is 31 miles N of Knoxville, Tennessee and 112 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky. The city’s population is approximately 7,926.

La Follette History

Around 1890, Grant and Harvey LaFollete bought thirty seven thousand acres of land at the site where La Follette currently lies. Subsequently, they established the LaFollette Coal, Iron and Railway Company so that they could exploit the mineral resources that they observed. In 1897, the city of La Follette was officially incorporated.

La Follette and nearby Attractions

  • Indian Mountain State Park
  • Museum of Appalachia
  • Big Ridge State Park
  • Norris Dam State Park
  • William Blount Mansion
  • Cumberland Gap National Historic Park

Things To Do In La Follette

Woodsons Mall Shopping Center is the local shopping destination in the area. The parks in the area offer a host of recreational facilities, including the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area, the Indian Mountain State Park, the Cove Lake State Park and the Frozen Head State Park. The Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, the Knoxville Museum of Art and the East Tennessee Historical Society Museum provide insight into the area’s history. Local churches include the First Independent Missionary Baptist Church, Charity Worship Center and tMidway Baptist Church.

La Follette Transportation

McGhee Tyson Airport offers facilities for air transportation.

La Follette Higher Education

Students in the area can pursue higher education at Roane State Community College, the University of Tennessee and Walters State Community College.

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High Points

La Follette strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Tennessee):

Category Trophy
Affordability of Rents
(vs. Peers)
Top 3% trophy La Follette Affordability of Rents
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% La Follette Affordability of Property Taxes

Comparative Profile of La Follette, Tennessee

Comparing La Follette to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Tennessee (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Female Share of the Population 10 9
Senior Citizens 10 9
Age of the Population 8 7
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 3
Male Share of the Population 1 2
Racial Diversity 1 2
Well-Paid Single Men 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 1 1
College Educated Adults 1 2
People Above Poverty 1 1
Median Family Income 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 4 4
Working at Home 2 3
Walking and Biking to Work 1 1
Public Transportation Use 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Rents 10 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 8
People Living Alone 9 9
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 8 9
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 7 7
Housing Recently Built 4 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 2 3
Low Violent Crime 1 1

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La Follette Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles N of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky
County Campbell
Standard Zip Codes 37729, 37766
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.38
Longitude -84.122

La Follette Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station NORRIS
Distance 12.8 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 39 to 70 F
Jul Temp 63 to 86 F
Oct Temp 42 to 70 F
Annual Precip 54.3 inches
Distance 23.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 45 F
Apr Temp 39 to 68 F
Jul Temp 62 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 69 F
Annual Precip 51.2 inches
Distance 23.9 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 43 to 68 F
Annual Precip 50.8 inches
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La Follette Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 7,926 100%
Male 3,589 45.3%
Female 4,337 54.7%
Under 18 1,741 22%
18+ 6,185 78%
65+ 1,683 21.2%
Median Age 39.9
Average Family Size 2.86
White 7,759 97.9%
African-American 43 0.5%
Asian 14 0.2%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.4%
Other 11 0.1%
Mixed Race 61 0.8%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 33 0.4%

Estimated La Follette Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 8,166
Growth 240
Growth % 3%

La Follette Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
US/American 35.5%
English 27.3%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 10.4%
Irish 8.6%
German 5.8%
Scotch-Irish 3.8%
Scottish 2%
Dutch 1.6%
Italian 1.2%
French (except Basque) 0.9%
Polish 0.6%
Lebanese 0.5%
Norwegian 0.4%
Greek 0.3%
Swedish 0.3%
Hungarian 0.2%
Welsh 0.2%
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Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Duff (37729)
Lafollette (37766)
Morley (37766)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
La Follette 7,926 $24,235
Caryville 2,243 $32,604
Clinton 9,409 $43,099
Jacksboro 1,887 $36,607
Jellico 2,448 $25,709
Lake City 1,888 $21,895
Norris 1,446 $55,179

La Follette Public Libraries

Lafollette Public Library
La Follette, Tennessee
(423) 562-5154
Library Web Site

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La Follette Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
(423) 907-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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