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Overview

Introduction to Sweetwater, Tennessee

Sweetwater, Tennessee, in Monroe county, is 39 miles SW of Knoxville, Tennessee and 128 miles N of Atlanta, Georgia.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population5,877
Male Share of the Population47.7%
Female Share of the Population52.3%
Senior Citizens22.1%
Employed Population 16+2,245
Age of the Population47

Families

% of people married60.4%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher17.2%
Median Earnings25+$31,287
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$8,899
Median Earnings With High School Degree$21,941

Wealth

Median Family Income$42,839
% Above Poverty Level82.9%
% Below Poverty Level17.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home%
% Walking and Biking to Work4.2%
% Using Public Transportation%

Housing

People Living Alone26.4%
Median Gross Rent$566
Median House Value$110,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)19.8%
English13.5%
Irish8.6%
Scottish2.1%
Dutch1.9%
German1.6%
Italian1.4%
Norwegian1%
French Except Basque0.9%
West Indian0.6%
Haitian0.6%
Polish0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
Canadian0.2%
Danishn0.2%
Welsh0.2%
Swiss0.2%
Greek0.2%
Russian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
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Sweetwater Almanac

CategoryValue
County Monroe County
Standard Zip Codes37874
Phone Area Codes423,865
Time Zone
Approximate Latitude35.6
Approximate Longitude-84.46

Sweetwater Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationATHENS
Distance13.5 miles
Jan Temp26 to 47 F
Apr Temp43 to 70 F
Jul Temp66 to 88 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip58.3 inches
StationROCKWOOD 2
Distance21.8 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
StationKNOXVILLE EXP STN
Distance34.7 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
Englewood1,785$45,000
Loudon5,701$44,963
Madisonville4,727$45,642
Niota1,071$44,653
Philadelphia1,023$0
Vonore1,799$49,500

Sweetwater Public Libraries

Sweetwater Public Library
210 MAYES AVENUE
Sweetwater, Tennessee
(423) 337-5274

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Sweetwater Hospitals

Sweetwater Hospital Association
(Non-profit)
304 Wright Street
(865) 213-8200

Sweetwater Public Schools

Brown Intermediate School
135 Starrett St
ZIP: 37874
(423) 337-5905
Middle
Total Enrollment 344
Sweetwater Elementary
301 Broad St
ZIP: 37874
(423) 337-7062
Primary
Total Enrollment 339
Sweetwater High School
414 South High St
ZIP: 37874
(423) 337-7881
High
Total Enrollment 583
Sweetwater Jr High School
1013 Cannon Av
ZIP: 37874
(423) 337-7336
Middle
Total Enrollment 313
Sweetwater Primary School
500 Highway 322 East
ZIP: 37874
(423) 351-7004
Primary
Total Enrollment 607

Sweetwater Private Schools

Covenant Baptist Academy
112 Key Kile Rd
ZIP: 37874
Secondary
Total Enrollment 1
Cross Creek Christian School
501 Sweetwater Vonore Rd
ZIP: 37874
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 125
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