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Overview

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.

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 Midway 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.

People

Total Population 7,218
Male Share of the Population 46.2%
Female Share of the Population 53.8%
Senior Citizens 21.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,018
Age of the Population 44

Families

% of people married 41.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $38,232
% Above Poverty Level 68.1%
% Below Poverty Level 31.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 25 minutes
% Working from Home 3.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 39.4%
Median Gross Rent $465
Median House Value $73,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 9.5%
US/American 0%
English 4.1%
Irish 4.4%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station MIDDLESBORO 2 N
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
Station WILLIAMSBURG
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

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 Population Median Family Income
Caryville 2,418 $49,643
Clinton 9,918 $51,588
Jacksboro 1,981 $46,494
Jellico 2,391 $35,192
Lake City 1,812 $28,510
Norris 2,036 $87,566

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

La Follette Public Libraries

Library
Lafollette Public Library
201 SOUTH TENNESSEE AVENUE
La Follette, Tennessee
(423) 562-5154
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La Follette Hospitals

ST MARY'S MEDICAL CENTER OF CAMPBELL COUNTY
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
923 EAST CENTRAL AVENUE
(423) 907-1200
Emergency Service: Yes

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