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Overview

Introduction to Newport, Tennessee

Newport, Tennessee, in Cocke county, is 41 miles E of Knoxville, Tennessee and 141 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. As of the year 2000 census, 7,242 people lived in Newport.

Newport History

The city of Newport is the county seat of Cocke County. Originally the hunting grounds of Cherokee Tribe, the first European settlers came to the area in early 1780’s. John Gilliard and Emanuel Sandusky were the first to start the community in 1783. The city of Newport was officially incorporated in 1812. The city remained neutral during the American Civil War and consequently suffered a number of raids from both Union and Confederate soldiers. It was also the site of booming logging industry during the late 1800’s.

Newport and nearby Attractions

  • Newport City Park
  • Canton Area Historical Museum
  • Crockett Tavern Museum
  • Frank Lorino Park
  • Panther Creek State Park.

Things To Do In Newport

One can enjoy family outings at the Fun Mountain Amusement Park or the Forbidden Caverns. The Creek Expeditions and English Mountain Llama offer recreational opportunities for adventurous visitors.

Newport Transportation

Air transportation facilities are available at McGhee Tyson Airport.

Newport Higher Education

Higher education can be pursued at Walters State Community College, Carson-Newman College, East Tennessee State University and Western Carolina University.

People

Total Population 6,874
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,296
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 42.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.5%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $27,875
% Above Poverty Level 59.3%
% Below Poverty Level 40.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.5%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 40.2%
Median Gross Rent $390
Median House Value $92,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.4%
Irish 12%

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

Newport Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles E of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 141 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Cocke
Standard Zip Codes 37821
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37822
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.966
Longitude -83.187

Newport Climate

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Notes:

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

Station NEWPORT 1 NW
Distance 1.3 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.1 inches
Station MORRISTOWN RADIO WCRK
Distance 17 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.9 inches
Station HOT SPRINGS 2
Distance 20.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 43.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Baneberry 534 $76,250
Dandridge 2,860 $58,787
Jefferson City 8,396 $43,929
Morristown 29,247 $36,198
Parrottsville 274 $43,750
White Pine 2,274 $50,475

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

Newport Public Libraries

Library
Stokely Memorial Library
383 EAST BROADWAY
Newport, Tennessee
(423) 623-3832

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Newport Hospitals

BAPTIST HOSPITAL OF COCKE COUNTY
(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
435 2ND ST
(423) 625-2200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Newport High Schools

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COCKE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL
216 HEDRICK DR
423-623-8718
Serves 1,166 students.

COCKE COUNTY ADULT HIGH SCHOOL
241 HEDRICK DR
423-625-3427
Serves 4 students.

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