Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

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Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Introduction to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, in Sevier county, is 23 miles SE of Knoxville, Tennessee and 148 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. The city is included in the Knoxville metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,083 people lived in Pigeon Forge.

Pigeon Forge History

The area now known as Pigeon Forge was originally inhabited by Cherokee Indians. The first white settlers came to this area in 1783. Colonel Samuel Wear was the first permanent settler in the area. The city was named after the iron forge built by Isaac Love in 1820. Since the 1950s, the city has experienced rapid development due to commercial boom brought on by the establishment of railroads and highways.

Pigeon Forge and nearby Attractions

  • Dinosaur Walk Museum
  • Smoky Mountain Zoological Park
  • Elvis Presley Museum
  • Carbo’s Police Museum
  • Smoky Mountain Car Museum
  • Gatlinberg Golf Course

Things To Do In Pigeon Forge

Pigeon Forge offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities. One can enjoy family outings at Dollywood or the Dolly’s Splash Country amusement park. The Smith Family Theater and the Country Tonite Theater offer entertainment to visitors. Local festivals include the Appalachia Festival, Dollywood’s Festival of Nations and the Saddle Up Celebrations.

Pigeon Forge Transportation

Flights are available from McGhee Tyson Airport.

Pigeon Forge Higher Education

One can pursue higher education at Carson-Newman College, The University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community College and Walters State Community College.

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Walking and Biking to Work
(vs. State)
Top 5% trophy Pigeon Forge Walking and Biking to Work
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. Peers)
Top 6% Pigeon Forge Affordability of Property Taxes
Short Commute Times
(vs. State)
Top 19% Pigeon Forge Short Commute Times

Comparative Profile of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

Comparing Pigeon Forge 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
Senior Citizens 7 5
Age of the Population 6 5
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 4 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 4 4
Well-Paid Single Men 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 6 6
Average Household Size 5 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 4 7
People in Middle Class or Better 2 4
Median Family Income 2 4
College Educated Adults 2 5

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Walking and Biking to Work 8 10
Short Commute Times 8 9
Working at Home 6 8
Public Transportation Use 1 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
Affordability of Property Taxes 10 8
Housing Recently Built 9 9
Affordability of Rents 7 3
People Living Alone 3 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 3 5


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

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Pigeon Forge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles SE of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 148 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia
County Sevier
Metro Area Knoxville
Standard Zip Codes 37862, 37863, 37876
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37864, 37868
Phone Area Codes 865
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.788
Longitude -83.554

Pigeon Forge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 5.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44 inches
Distance 11.7 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 33 F
Apr Temp 31 to 51 F
Jul Temp 49 to 69 F
Oct Temp 35 to 55 F
Annual Precip 81.2 inches
Distance 23.1 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 46 F
Apr Temp 43 to 69 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 53.3 inches
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Pigeon Forge Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 5,083 100%
Male 2,430 47.8%
Female 2,653 52.2%
Under 18 1,142 22.5%
18+ 3,941 77.5%
65+ 792 15.6%
Median Age 37.6
Average Family Size 2.89
White 4,814 94.7%
African-American 33 0.6%
Asian 65 1.3%
American Indian & Alaskan 11 0.2%
Other 98 1.9%
Mixed Race 59 1.2%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 188 3.7%

Estimated Pigeon Forge Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 5,784
Growth 701
Growth % 13.8%

Pigeon Forge 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 29.2%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
German 13.1%
Irish 13%
English 8.8%
French (except Basque) 4.4%
Italian 4%
Scotch-Irish 2.9%
Scottish 1.5%
European 1.1%
Norwegian 0.7%
Russian 0.6%
British 0.6%
Dutch 0.4%
Canadian 0.3%
Swiss 0.2%
Polish 0.2%
Czech 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Pigeon Forge 5,083 $34,505
Dandridge 2,078 $40,357
Gatlinburg 3,382 $40,813
New Market 1,234 $45,298
Rockford 798 $50,074
Sevierville 11,757 $37,972
Townsend 244 $50,000

Pigeon Forge Public Libraries

Pigeon Forge Public Library
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
(865) 429-7490
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