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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 6,039
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.7%
Senior Citizens 23.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,037
Age of the Population 43

Families

% of people married 53.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $41,101
% Above Poverty Level 84.1%
% Below Poverty Level 15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 6.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.6%
% Using Public Transportation 3.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 28.8%
Median Gross Rent $729
Median House Value $166,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.4%
US/American 0%
English 13.5%
Irish 4.9%

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

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

Notes:

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

Station SEVIERVILLE 1 SE
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
Station MT LECONTE
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
Station KNOXVILLE EXP STN
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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dandridge 2,860 $58,787
Gatlinburg 4,099 $42,019
New Market 1,418 $58,913
Rockford 789 $68,864
Sevierville 15,903 $40,250
Townsend 426 $51,042

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

Pigeon Forge Public Libraries

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Pigeon Forge Public Library
2449 LIBRARY DRIVE
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
(865) 429-7490
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PIGEON FORGE HIGH SCHOOL
310 WEARS VALLEY RD
865-774-5790
Serves 697 students.

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