Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Cocke County

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Cocke County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

Grand Division

East Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

434.5

County Seat

Newport

Metropolitan Area

East Tennessee nonmetropolitan area

ECD Region

East

Population

Population

(2014)

35,662

Population

(2019)

35,999

Population Change

(2014 - 2019)

0.90%

Population Forecast

(2040)

36,258

Foreign Born Population

287

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

0.80%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

2.10%

Civilian Veteran Population

2,822

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

91.70%

Black or African American, alone

1.60%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.50%

Asian, alone

0.50%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.00%

Some Other Race, alone

0.80%

Two or More Races

4.90%

Hispanic or Latino

2.70%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 5.60%

Female: 5.60%

Total: 5.60%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 21.70%

Female: 19.50%

Total: 20.60%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 57.80%

Female: 59.30%

Total: 58.50%

65 Years and Over

Male: 20.50%

Female: 21.20%

Total: 20.90%

Median Age

Male: 44.3

Female: 45.9

Total: 45.2

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

14,564

Homeownership Rate

67.1%

Persons Per Household

2.5

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

92.0%

Median Home Value

$112,900

Annual Home Sales

298

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$137,625

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

23.5%

Total Personal Income

$1,200,388

Personal Income Per Capita

$33,340

County Median Wage

$15.03

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

10.6%

$10,000 to $14,999

10.1%

$15,000 to $24,999

14.4%

$25,000 to $34,999

12.7%

$35,000 to $49,999

15.6%

$50,000 to $74,999

17.5%

$75,000 to $99,999

9.4%

$100,000 to $149,999

7.0%

$150,000 to $199,999

1.5%

$200,000 or More

1.2%

Median Household Income

$36,716

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2019)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.5650

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

None (Hall Income tax was fully repealed January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

Local Sales Tax Collections

(FY 2020)

$13,020,988

Local Sales Tax Collections

(FY 2019)

$10,380,095

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth

(FY 2019 - FY 2020)

25.4%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$986 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$518

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2020)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2020)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Cocke

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,287,422

Cocke: 14,714

Employment

Tennessee: 3,041,838

Cocke: 13,205

Unemployment

Tennessee: 245,584

Cocke: 1,508

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 7.5%

Cocke: 10.2%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Cocke

2016

Tennessee: 3.7%

Cocke: 5.2%

2017

Tennessee: 3.5%

Cocke: 4.7%

2018

Tennessee: 3.4%

Cocke: 4.5%

2019

Tennessee: 7.5%

Cocke: 10.2%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2020)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 66

Establishments: 4

Avg. Annual Wages: $32,513

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 42

Establishments: 3

Avg. Annual Wages: $69,273

Construction

Employment: 200

Establishments: 31

Employment: $36,165

Manufacturing

Employment: 1,341

Establishments: 36

Employment: $58,989

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 87

Establishments: 23

Employment: $48,697

Retail Trade

Employment: 1,431

Establishments: 113

Employment: $29,603

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 42

Establishments: 5

Employment: $70,830

Information

Employment: 27

Establishments: 4

Employment: $26,747

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 131

Establishments: 27

Employment: $44,575

Real Estate and Rental and Leasing

Employment: 40

Establishments: 13

Employment: $67,726

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 100

Establishments: 36

Employment: $88,261

Management of Companies and Enterprises

Employment: 14

Establishments: 1

Employment: $56,400

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 65

Establishments: 17

Employment: $27,637

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 898

Establishments: 70

Employment: $50,586

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 136

Establishments: 14

Employment: $20,211

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 999

Establishments: 65

Employment: $17,506

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 121

Establishments: 27

Employment: $30,403

Government

Employment: 1,640

Establishments: 40

Employment: $41,922

Total

Employment: 7,417

Establishments: 527

Employment: $40,661

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Fiberglass Laminators and Fabricators

Employment: 13

Location Quotient*: 11.66

Cabinetmakers and Bench Carpenters

Employment: 54

Location Quotient*: 11.1

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators, Surface Mining

Employment: 24

Location Quotient*: 11.06

Plating Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Metal and Plastic

Employment: 21

Location Quotient*: 9.95

Textile Winding, Twisting, and Drawing Out Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Employment: 15

Location Quotient*: 9.83

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

21

Aerospace & Defense

0

Appliances & Electrical

0

Automotive

0

Business Services

50

Chemicals

101

Distribution & Logistics

69

Film, Music & Entertainment

0

Food & Beverage

158

Healthcare & Medical Devices

0

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Cocke County Schools

Est. Employees: 750

City: Newport

Walmart Inc.

Est. Employees: 375

City: Newport

Newport Medical Center

Est. Employees: 335

City: Newport

American Appliance Products, Inc.

Est. Employees: 250

City: Newport

Sonoco Products Company

Est. Employees: 250

City: Newport

Cocke County Government

Est. Employees: 220

City: Newport

Eastern Plating, Inc.

Est. Employees: 170

City: Newport

Smoky Mountain Family Farms

Est. Employees: 150

City: Newport

Newport City School District

Est. Employees: 150

City: Newport

Lowe's Home Centers, LLC

Est. Employees: 145

City: Newport

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

McGhee Tyson (Knoxville)

Distance to Nearest Commercial Service Airport

61

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

79

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Moore-Murrell Field (Morristown)

Distance to Nearest General Aviation Airport

22.3

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

5,717'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

27.1

Access of Interstate

I-40

U.S. Highways

25, 70, 321

State Highways

9, 32, 35, 73, 107, 160, 339, 340

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

Knoxville

Railroads Serving County

NS

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Cocke
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Cocke: 83.50%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Cocke: 18.50%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Cocke: 11.80%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Cocke: 92%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Cocke: 47.20%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Cocke: 18.6

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Cocke County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 1,878

High Schools

Enrollment: 1,544

Newport Grammar School
Enrollment

Elemetary Schools

Enrollment: 491

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 207

High Schools

Enrollment: 0

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

Walters State Community College

City: Morristown

Enrollment: 6,004

Carson-Newman University

City: Jefferson City

Enrollment: 2,659

Tusculum College

City: Greeneville

Enrollment: 1,796

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Morristown

City: Morristown

Enrollment: 1,068

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

29

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

34.4%

Children** (Grade 8)

48.2%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Tennova Healthcare - Newport Medical Center

Number of Beds: 74

City: Newport

Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System

Number of Beds: 167

City: Morristown

Laughlin Memorial Hospital, Inc.

Number of Beds: 140

City: Greeneville

Lakeway Regional Hosptial

Number of Beds: 135

City: Morristown

Takoma Regional Hospital

Number of Beds: 100

City: Greeneville

LeConte Medical Center

Number of Beds: 79

City: Sevierville

Tennova Healthcare - Jefferson Memorial Hospital

Number of Beds: 58

City: Jefferson City

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

69.5°F

Average Low Temperature

45.8°F

Average Annual Temperature

57.7°F

Annual Rainfall

44.22"

Elevation (at County Seat)

1,055'

Prevailing Winds

Southwest

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Newport

Population (2019)

6,848

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$2.41

Phone Number

(423) 623-7323

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

Yes

Main Street Participant

No

Parrottsville

Population (2019)

279

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

Phone Number

(423) 623-9380

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

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