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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population6,197
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens22%
Employed Population 16+3,196
Age of the Population43

Families

% of people married53.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher12.4%
Median Earnings25+$22,346
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,209
Median Earnings With High School Degree$18,016

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,253
% Above Poverty Level84.7%
% Below Poverty Level15.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time17 minutes
% Working from Home3.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work9.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone28.4%
Median Gross Rent$746
Median House Value$163,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)26.5%
German10.3%
Irish8.1%
English6.2%
Dutch3.9%
Polish3%
Scottish2.6%
French Except Basque1.6%
Russian1%
Italian1%
Welsh0.7%
Norwegian0.6%
Ukrainian0.4%
Slovak0.3%
Canadian0.3%
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Pigeon Forge Almanac

CategoryValue
County Sevier County
Standard Zip Codes37863, 37862, 37876
P.O. Box Zip Codes37868, 37864
Phone Area Codes865
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.79
Approximate Longitude-83.55

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)

StationSEVIERVILLE 1 SE
Distance5.4 miles
Jan Temp25 to 46 F
Apr Temp43 to 69 F
Jul Temp65 to 87 F
Oct Temp43 to 71 F
Annual Precip44 inches
StationMT LECONTE
Distance11.7 miles
Jan Temp17 to 33 F
Apr Temp31 to 51 F
Jul Temp49 to 69 F
Oct Temp35 to 55 F
Annual Precip81.2 inches
StationKNOXVILLE EXP STN
Distance23.1 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Dandridge3,091$60,563
Gatlinburg4,150$46,818
New Market1,471$58,833
Rockford849$68,333
Sevierville16,439$44,008
Townsend373$63,750

Pigeon Forge Public Libraries

Pigeon Forge Public Library
2449 LIBRARY DRIVE
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
(865) 429-7490

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Pigeon Forge Public Schools

Pigeon Forge High School
414 Tiger Dr
ZIP: 37863
(865) 774-5790
High
Total Enrollment 702
Pigeon Forge Middle School
300 Wears Valley Rd
ZIP: 37863
(865) 453-2401
Middle
Total Enrollment 560
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