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Overview

Introduction to Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in Anderson county, is 19 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee and 137 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky. The city is part of the Knoxville metropolitan statistical area.

Oak Ridge History

Archaeological discoveries from 1930 have established that the area was inhabited from approximately 1000 B.C. onwards. The first European settlers came during the 1700s. Throughout the 1800s, Oak Ridge remained a loose settlement of rural farming communities. The city as it is now was founded in 1942. It was officially incorporated in 1959.

Oak Ridge and nearby Attractions

  • Children’s Museum of Oak Ridge
  • American Museum of Science and Energy
  • Haw Ridge Park
  • Southern Appalachia Railway Museum
  • Concorde Park

Things To Do In Oak Ridge

Oak Ridge has numerous parks, including Haw Ridge Park and Concorde Park, which offer visitors various outdoor recreational opportunities. The Zuma Fun Center and the Mayor Bob Leonard Park are in the area as well.

Oak Ridge Transportation

McGhee Tyson Airport is nearby.

Oak Ridge Higher Education

Facilities for higher education are available from Roane State Community College, The University of Tennessee, Pellissippi State Technical Community College, and Carson-Newman College.

Demographics

People

Total Population29,285
Male Share of the Population48%
Female Share of the Population52%
Senior Citizens19.5%
Employed Population 16+12,964
Age of the Population42

Families

% of people married48.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher39.5%
Median Earnings25+$32,476
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$16,958
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,238

Wealth

Median Family Income$66,141
% Above Poverty Level84.1%
% Below Poverty Level15.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time20 minutes
% Working from Home4.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.1%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone36%
Median Gross Rent$737
Median House Value$149,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)27.6%
English11.9%
Irish10.9%
Scottish4.3%
Italian3.2%
Polish2.9%
Welsh1.3%
French Except Basque1.2%
Dutch0.9%
Norwegian0.8%
Russian0.7%
Canadian0.7%
African0.5%
Greek0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swiss0.3%
Arab0.3%
Swedish0.3%
Slovak0.2%
Hungarian0.2%
Romanian0.2%
Ukrainian0.2%
Danishn0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Lebanese0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
German0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
Liberian0.1%
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Oak Ridge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Anderson County
Standard Zip Codes37830
P.O. Box Zip Codes37831
Phone Area Codes865
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.96
Approximate Longitude-84.29

Oak Ridge Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationOAK RIDGE ATDD
Distance2.1 miles
Jan Temp27 to 46 F
Apr Temp44 to 71 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp46 to 71 F
Annual Precip55 inches
StationKNOXVILLE EXP STN
Distance19.9 miles
Jan Temp26 to 46 F
Apr Temp43 to 69 F
Jul Temp67 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip53.3 inches
StationROCKWOOD 2
Distance26.5 miles
Jan Temp25 to 45 F
Apr Temp42 to 69 F
Jul Temp64 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip60.2 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Clinton9,993$54,406
Farragut21,690$125,625
Lake City1,848$32,727
Lenoir City8,965$43,882
Oakdale194$48,750
Oliver Springs4,110$52,188

Oak Ridge Public Libraries

Oak Ridge Public Library
1401 OAK RIDGE TURNPIKE
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
(865) 425-3455

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Oak Ridge Hospitals

Methodist Medical Center Of Oak Ridge
(Non-profit)
990 Oak Ridge Turnpike
(865) 481-1000

Oak Ridge Public Schools

Glenwood Elementary
125 Audubon Rd
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-9401
Primary
Total Enrollment 378
Jefferson Middle School
200 Fairbanks Rd
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-9301
Middle
Total Enrollment 704
Linden Elementary
700 Robertsville Rd
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-5701
Primary
Total Enrollment 446
Oak Ridge High School
1450 Oak Ridge Turnpike
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-9601
High
Total Enrollment 1388
Preschool
304 New York Av, P. O. Box 6588
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-9101
Primary
Robertsville Middle School
245 Robertsville Rd
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-9201
Middle
Total Enrollment 700
Willow Brook Elementary
298 Robertsville Rd
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-3201
Primary
Total Enrollment 399
Woodland Elementary
168 Manhattan Av
ZIP: 37830
(865) 425-9501
Primary
Total Enrollment 421

Oak Ridge Private Schools

Christianacademy Of Oak Ridge
535 Oak Ridge Turnpike
ZIP: 37830
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 76
Montessori School Of Oak Ridge
728 Emory Valley Rd #24
ZIP: 37830
Elementary
Total Enrollment 3
St Marys School
323 Vermont Ave
ZIP: 37830
Elementary
Total Enrollment 186
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