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Bradley County, Tennessee
Map
Map of Tennessee highlighting Bradley County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded May 2, 1836
Seat Cleveland
Largest City Cleveland
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

331 sq mi (857 km²)
329 sq mi (852 km²)
2.7 sq mi (7 km²), 0.8%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

98,963
301/sq mi (116/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.bradleyco.net
Named for: Edward Bradley, state legislator

Bradley County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 98,963. Its county seat is Cleveland.

Bradley County is included in the Cleveland, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Chattanooga-Cleveland-Dalton, TN-GA-AL Combined Statistical Area.

History

Red Clay State Park, the site of the last Cherokee council before the tribe's removal via Trail of Tears, is located in Bradley County.

Like many East Tennessee counties, Bradley County was largely opposed to secession on the eve of the Civil War. In Tennessee's Ordinance of Secession referendum on June 8, 1861, the county's residents voted against secession by a margin of 1,382 to 507. The bridge over the Hiwassee River was burned on November 8, 1861, by members of the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy led by Alfred Cate.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 331 square miles (860 km2), of which 329 square miles (850 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.8%) is water.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

  • Chickamauga Wildlife Management Area (part)
  • Charlotte Anne Finnel Neal Wildlife Management Area
  • Red Clay State Park

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 7,385
1850 12,259 66.0%
1860 11,701 −4.6%
1870 11,652 −0.4%
1880 12,124 4.1%
1890 13,607 12.2%
1900 15,759 15.8%
1910 16,336 3.7%
1920 18,652 14.2%
1930 22,870 22.6%
1940 28,498 24.6%
1950 32,338 13.5%
1960 38,324 18.5%
1970 50,686 32.3%
1980 67,547 33.3%
1990 73,712 9.1%
2000 87,965 19.3%
2010 98,963 12.5%
Est. 2015 104,091 5.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Bradley County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Bradley County

As of the census of 2000, there were 87,965 people, 34,281 households, and 24,648 families residing in the county. The population density was 268 people per square mile (103/km²). There were 36,820 housing units at an average density of 112 per square mile (43/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.98% White, 3.99% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.89% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. 2.07% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,281 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% were married couples living together, 10.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.70% under the age of 18, 11.30% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 11.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,034, and the median income for a family was $41,779. Males had a median income of $30,654 versus $21,407 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,108. About 9.00% of families and 12.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.40% of those under age 18 and 11.60% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Interstate 75 traverses the county from the southwest to the north, passing through the western edge of Cleveland. There are four exits on I-75 in Bradley County: three in Cleveland and one in Charleston. U.S. Route 11 and U.S. Route 64 intersect in downtown Cleveland. U.S. 11 connects to Chattanooga to the southwest and Athens to the north. U.S. 64 connects to Murphy, North Carolina to the east. S.R. 60 connects Cleveland to Dayton to the northwest and Dalton, Georgia to the south. APD-40, made up of the U.S. 64 Bypass and a section of S.R. 60 forms a beltway and bypass route around the business district of Cleveland. The U.S. 11 Bypass bypasses downtown Cleveland to the west.

Principal highways

  • I-75.svg Interstate 75
  • US 11.svg U.S. Route 11
  • US 64.svg U.S. Route 64
  • Bypass plate.png
    US 64.svg U.S. Route 64 Bypass
  • US 74.svg U.S. Route 74
  • Tennessee 60.svg S.R. 60
  • Tennessee 40.svg S.R. 40

Other major roadways

  • Sgt. Paul B. Huff Parkway/Stuart Road
  • Blue Springs Road
  • Harrison Pike
  • Spring Place Road
  • Freewill Road
  • Eureka Road
  • Lauderdale Memorial Highway
  • Dry Valley Road/Michigan Avenue Road
  • Mouse Creek Road
  • Weatherly Switch Road
  • Ladd Springs Road

Communities

Cities

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities


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