Introduction to Rockwood, Tennessee

Rockwood, Tennessee, in Roane county, is 43 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee and 119 miles E of Nashville, Tennessee. The city is home to some 5,774 residents.

Rockwood History

Rockwood was a Cherokee village in the late 1700s. General John T. Wilder founded it as the headquarters of the Roane Iron Company in the late 1860s. The city was named in honor of William O. Rockwood, the 1st president of the Roane Iron Company.

Rockwood and nearby Attractions

  • Mount Roosevelt State Forest
  • Cumberland Mountain State Park
  • Military Memorial Museum
  • Frozen Head State Park
  • Fort Loudoun State Historic Area
  • Kingstone Lisle (Home of Thomas Hughes)

Things To Do In Rockwood

While staying in Rockwood, one can visit the Mount Roosevelt State Forest, the Frozen Head State Park and the Cumberland Mountain State Park. The Rockwood Golf and Country Club provides facilities for local golfers. History buffs should visit the Fort Loudoun State Historic Area and the Military Memorial Museum. The city is also home to the Rockwood United Methodist Church, the Pond Grove Baptist Church, the First Presbyterian Church and Cardiff Church. Rockwood hosts the Family Fall Festival every October.

Rockwood Transportation

McGhee Tyson Airport provides facilities for air transportation.

Rockwood Higher Education

Roane State Community College, Cleveland State Community College and Lee University provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 5,480
Male Share of the Population 47.6%
Female Share of the Population 52.4%
Senior Citizens 18.8%
Employed Population 16+ 1,942
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 6.1%
Median Earnings25+ $23,750
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,125
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,176


Median Family Income $39,205
% Above Poverty Level 72.6%
% Below Poverty Level 27.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 37.2%
Median Gross Rent $674
Median House Value $91,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.7%
US/American 0%
English 6.6%
Irish 12.4%

Rockwood Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 43 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 119 miles E of Nashville, Tennessee
County Roane
Standard Zip Codes 37854
Phone Area Codes 865
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.865
Longitude -84.685

Rockwood Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ROCKWOOD 2
Distance 1.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 69 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 60.2 inches
Distance 24.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 52.8 inches
Distance 27.2 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 65 F
Jul Temp 62 to 84 F
Oct Temp 42 to 68 F
Annual Precip 60.2 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Ozone (37854)

Westel (37854)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Crab Orchard 759 $36,719
Harriman 6,296 $38,448
Kingston 5,888 $57,356
Midtown 1,528 $43,421
Oakdale 230 $38,125

Rockwood Public Libraries

Rockwood Public Library
Rockwood, Tennessee
(865) 354-1281
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