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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.

People

Total Population 29,310
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 18.4%
Employed Population 16+ 12,962
Age of the Population 42

Families

% of people married 48.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 39.7%
Median Earnings25+ $35,663
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $15,301
Median Earnings With High School Degree $25,885

Wealth

Median Family Income $69,672
% Above Poverty Level 83.1%
% Below Poverty Level 16.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 3.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone 36.7%
Median Gross Rent $732
Median House Value $149,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 26.9%
US/American 0%
English 11.5%
Irish 10.7%

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

Oak Ridge Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles W of Knoxville, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 137 miles S of Lexington, Kentucky
County Anderson
Metro Area Knoxville
Standard Zip Codes 37830
P.O. Box Zip Codes 37831
Phone Area Codes 865
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.01
Longitude -84.269

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)

Station OAK RIDGE ATDD
Distance 2.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 46 F
Apr Temp 44 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 71 F
Annual Precip 55 inches
Station KNOXVILLE EXP STN
Distance 19.9 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
Station ROCKWOOD 2
Distance 26.5 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clinton 9,918 $51,588
Farragut 21,374 $123,402
Lake City 1,812 $28,510
Lenoir City 8,943 $40,710
Oakdale 198 $53,750
Oliver Springs 3,767 $47,601

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

Oak Ridge Public Libraries

Library
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
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
990 OAK RIDGE TURNPIKE BOX 529
(865) 481-1000
Emergency Service: Yes

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OAK RIDGE HIGH SCHOOL
127 PROVIDENCE RD
865-482-8508
Serves 1,469 students.

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