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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Union County

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Union County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Eastern Time Zone

Grand Division

East Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

223.5

County Seat

Maynardville

Metropolitan Area

Knoxville, TN

ECD Region

East

Population

Population (2014)

18,991

Population (2019)

19,972

Population Change (2014-2019)

5.2%

Population Forecast (2040)

19,631

Foreign Born Population

201

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

1.0%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

2.1%

Civilian Veteran Population

1,397

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

97.6%

Black or African American, alone

0.5%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.0%

Asian, alone

0.3%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.3%

Some Other Race, alone

0.2%

Two or More Races

1.1%

Hispanic or Latino

1.7%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 5.3%

Female: 5.2%

Total: 5.3%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 22.5%

Female: 21.1%

Total: 21.8%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 60.2%

Female: 59.9%

Total: 60.1%

65 Years and Over

Male: 17.3%

Female: 19.0%

Total: 18.1%

Median Age

Male: 42.5

Female: 43.8

Total: 43

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

7,271

Homeownership Rate

75.4%

Persons Per Household

2.61

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

89.5%

Median Home Value

$124,700

Annual Home Sales

190

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$152,950

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

22.0%

Total Personal Income

$656,148

Personal Income Per Capita

$32,853

County Median Wage

$15.34

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

7.8%

$10,000 to $14,999

7.6%

$15,000 to $24,999

9.9%

$25,000 to $34,999

13.1%

$35,000 to $49,999

16.0%

$50,000 to $74,999

22.6%

$75,000 to $99,999

9.6%

$100,000 to $149,999

6.6%

$150,000 to $199,999

4.1%

$200,000 or More

2.7%

Median Household Income

$44,671

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)

$2.1399

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

1% (Hall Income tax is fully repealed after 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

2.25%

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2019)

$1,963,497

Local Sales Tax Collections (FY 2020)

$2,302,491

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth (FY 2019 - FY 2020)

17.30%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$929 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$391

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

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Union

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,345,000

Union: 7,698

Employment

Tennessee: 3,232,000

Union: 7,387

Unemployment

Tennessee: 113,000

Union: 311

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 3.40%

Union: 4.00%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Union

2016

Tennessee: 4.70%

Union: 5.80%

2017

Tennessee: 3.70%

Union: 4.40%

2018

Tennessee: 3.50%

Union: 4.10%

2019

Tennessee: 3.40%

Union: 4.00%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2019)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Crop and Animal Production

Employment: 14

Establishments: 0

Avg. Annual Wages: $22,972

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 39

Establishments: 2

Avg. Annual Wages: $72,703

Construction

Employment: 157

Establishments: 24

Employment: $48,787

Manufacturing

Employment: 449

Establishments: 17

Employment: $68,577

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 61

Establishments: 13

Employment: $65,381

Retail Trade

Employment: 343

Establishments: 42

Employment: $26,535

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 73

Establishments: 14

Employment: $32,072

Information

Employment: 1

Establishments: 2

Employment: $53,390

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 29

Establishments: 10

Employment: $40,143

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 51

Establishments: 20

Employment: $64,864

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 61

Establishments: 17

Employment: $22,961

Educational Services

Employment: 4

Establishments: 2

Employment: $53,976

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 110

Establishments: 10

Employment: $41,309

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 40

Establishments: 5

Employment: $21,787

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 201

Establishments: 15

Employment: $13,729

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 59

Establishments: 19

Employment: $36,959

Government

Employment: 758

Establishments: 22

Employment: $49,957

Total

Employment: 3,234

Establishments: 232

Employment: $33,843

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Medical Appliance Technicians

Employment: 33

Location Quotient*: 100.61

Dental Laboratory Technicians

Employment: 20

Location Quotient*: 25.06

Excavating and Loading Machine and Dragline Operators

Employment: 12

Location Quotient*: 10.17

Paper Goods Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders

Employment: 16

Location Quotient*: 8.89

Woodworking Machine Setters, Operators, and Tenders, Except Sawing

Employment: 13

Location Quotient*: 7.99

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

0

Aerospace & Defense

0

Appliances & Electrical

0

Automotive

10

Business Services

49

Chemicals

10

Distribution & Logistics

124

Film, Music & Entertainment

10

Food & Beverage

16

Healthcare & Medical Devices

101

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Union Co School District

Est. Employees: 350

City: Maynardville

Clayton Homes

Est. Employees: 200

City: Maynardville

Union County Government

Est. Employees: 150

City: Maynardville

Food City

Est. Employees: 100

City: Maynardville

O-N Minerals (Luttrell) Company

Est. Employees: 100

City: Luttrell

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

McGhee Tyson (Knoxville)

Distance to Nearest Commercial Service Airport

38

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

79

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Claiborne County Airport

Distance to Nearest General Aviation Airport

23.5

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

5,208'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

34.1

Access of Interstate

I-75 (7 miles)

U.S. Highways

NONE

State Highways

33, 61, 131, 144, 170, 370

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
Union
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Union: 81.40%

Tennessee: 89.50%

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

Union: 14.70%

Tennessee: 36.70%

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

Union: 8.40%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Union: 92%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Union: 54.40%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Union: 17.6

Tennessee: 20.2

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

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 1,665

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 953

High Schools

Enrollment: 829

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 31,201

Pellissippi State Community College

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 10,396

Lincoln Memorial University

City: Harrogate

Enrollment: 4,254

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Knoxville

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 1,914

Johnson University

City: Knoxville

Enrollment: 1,140

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jacksboro

City: Jacksboro

Enrollment: 366

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

3

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

31.0%

Children** (Grade 8)

39.7%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Tennova Healthcare

Number of Beds: 610

City: Knoxville

Tennova Healthcare - North Knoxville

Number of Beds: 610

City: Powell

Tennova Healthcare -Turkey Creek Medical

Number of Beds: 610

City: Knoxville

The University of Tennessee Medical Center

Number of Beds: 609

City: Knoxville

Fort Sanders Regional Medical Center

Number of Beds: 517

City: Knoxville

Parkwest Medical Center

Number of Beds: 462

City: Knoxville

Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge

Number of Beds: 301

City: Oak Ridge

East Tennessee Children's Hospital

Number of Beds: 152

City: Knoxville

Claiborne Medical Center

Number of Beds: 85

City: Tazewell

Select Specialty Hospital - Knoxville

Number of Beds: 68

City: Knoxville

Select Specialty Hospital - North Knoxville

Number of Beds: 68

City: Powell

Tennova Healthcare - LaFollette Medical Center

Number of Beds: 66

City: LaFollette

Jellico Community Hospital, Inc.

Number of Beds: 54

City: Jellico

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

67.8°F

Average Low Temperature

43.9°F

Average Annual Temperature

55.9°F

Annual Rainfall

54.12"

Elevation (at County Seat)

1,050'

Prevailing Winds

Southwest

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Luttrell

Population (2013)

1,001

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

Phone Number

(865) 992-0870

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Maynardville

Population (2013)

2,374

Charter Type

General Law Manager-Commission

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

Phone Number

(865) 992-3821

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Plainview

Population (2013)

2,061

Charter Type

General Law Mayor-Alderman

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.25%

Phone Number

(865) 992-5841

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