Introduction to Sweetwater, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee, in Monroe county, is 39 miles SW of Knoxville, Tennessee and 128 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia. The city has a population of 5,586.

Sweetwater History

Sweetwater was founded in the 1850s. In the past, Cherokee Native Americans called the area Soitee Woitee, which means Happy Homes. The area has been known as Sweetwater since 1817. The city was officially incorporated in 1875.

Sweetwater and nearby Attractions

  • Sweetwater Recreation Park
  • Sweetwater Museum
  • The Duck Park
  • Moneta Theatre

Things To Do In Sweetwater

The Moneta Theatre offers entertainment opportunities. The First Assembly of God Church, North Sweetwater Baptist Church and the First United Church of Christ are the local houses of worship. The Sweetwater Museum is a must see for all who are interested in the area’s history. Other places to relax include Duck Park and the Sweetwater Recreation Park. The Arts Celebration is held in Sweetwater every June.

Sweetwater Transportation

McGhee Tyson Airport is nearby.

Sweetwater Higher Education

Colleges and universities that can be attended from the city include Roane State Community College, Lee University, the University of Tennessee and Cleveland State Community College.


Total Population 5,856
Male Share of the Population 48%
Female Share of the Population 52%
Senior Citizens 23.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,106
Age of the Population 47


% of people married 56.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 12.2%
Median Earnings25+ $27,012
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,340
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,525


Median Family Income $46,397
% Above Poverty Level 84.1%
% Below Poverty Level 15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 28%
Median Gross Rent $555
Median House Value $104,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22%
US/American 0%
English 9.2%
Irish 13.6%

Sweetwater Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 39 miles SW of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 128 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia
County Monroe
Standard Zip Codes 37874
Phone Area Codes 423
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.601
Longitude -84.461

Sweetwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station ATHENS
Distance 13.5 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 70 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches
Station ROCKWOOD 2
Distance 21.8 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 34.7 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
Englewood 1,870 $34,091
Loudon 5,606 $44,918
Madisonville 4,703 $28,953
Niota 850 $42,500
Philadelphia 901 $50,179
Vonore 1,585 $43,083

Sweetwater Public Libraries

Sweetwater Public Library
Sweetwater, Tennessee
(423) 337-5274

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Sweetwater Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
(865) 213-8200
Emergency Service: Yes

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