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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.

People

Total Population 5,872
Male Share of the Population 49.1%
Female Share of the Population 50.9%
Senior Citizens 20.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,218
Age of the Population 47

Families

% of people married 58%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $44,306
% Above Poverty Level 79.3%
% Below Poverty Level 20.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.7%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 25.4%
Median Gross Rent $565
Median House Value $107,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 20.7%
US/American 0%
English 15.5%
Irish 10.7%

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

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

Notes:

  • 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
Station KNOXVILLE EXP STN
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 1,869 $36,875
Loudon 5,653 $44,226
Madisonville 4,743 $31,159
Niota 875 $48,125
Philadelphia 1,020 $35,469
Vonore 1,775 $47,898

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

Sweetwater Public Libraries

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

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Sweetwater Hospitals

SWEETWATER HOSPITAL ASSOCIATION
(Voluntary non-profit - Other)
304 WRIGHT ST
(865) 213-8200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sweetwater High Schools

SWEETWATER HIGH SCHOOL
414 S HIGH ST
423-337-7881
Serves 569 students.

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