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Cocke County, Tennessee
Map
Map of Tennessee highlighting Cocke County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded October 9, 1797
Seat Newport
Largest City Newport
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

443 sq mi (1,147 km²)
435 sq mi (1,127 km²)
8.6 sq mi (22 km²), 1.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

35,162
82/sq mi (32/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: cockecounty.net
Named for: William Cocke

Cocke County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,662. Its county seat is Newport.

Cocke County comprises the Newport, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is part of the Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN Combined Statistical Area.

History

Before the arrival of European settlers, the area that is now Cocke County probably was inhabited by Cherokees. The first recorded European settlement in the county was in 1783 when land near the fork of the French Broad and the Pigeon Rivers was cleared and cultivated. The earliest European settlers were primarily Scots-Irish, Dutch, and Germans who came to the area over the mountains from the Carolinas or through Virginia from Pennsylvania and other northern states.

The county was established by an Act of the Tennessee General Assembly on October 9, 1797, from a part of Jefferson County, Tennessee. It was named for William Cocke, one of the state's first United States Senators.

Like many East Tennessee counties, Cocke County was largely pro-Union on the eve of the Civil War. In Tennessee's Ordinance of Secession referendum on June 8, 1861, the county's residents voted 1,185 to 518 against secession.

Geography

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View from the slopes of Old Black

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 443 square miles (1,150 km2), of which 435 square miles (1,130 km2) is land and 8.6 square miles (22 km2) (1.9%) is water. The southern part of the county is located within the Great Smoky Mountains, and is protected by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The northern part of the county is situated within the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians. The county's highest point is Old Black, which rises to 6,370 feet (1,940 m) in the Smokies along the county's border with North Carolina. English Mountain, a large ridge that peaks at 3,629 feet (1,106 m), dominates the northwestern part of the county.

Cocke County is drained by the French Broad River, which traverses the northern part of the county and forms much of its boundary with Jefferson County. A portion of this river is part of Douglas Lake, an artificial reservoir created by Douglas Dam further downstream. The Pigeon River flows northward across the county and empties into the French Broad north of Newport at Irish Bottoms.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

State protected areas

  • Rankin Wildlife Management Area (part)
  • Martha Sundquist State Forest

Major Highways

  • I-40
  • US-25
  • US-25E
  • US-25W
  • US-321
  • US-411
  • [[Template:Infobox road/TN/link Sec|Template:Infobox road/TN/abbrev Sec]]
  • Tennessee 73.svgSecondary Tennessee 73.svg SR 73

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 5,154
1820 4,892 −5.1%
1830 6,017 23.0%
1840 6,992 16.2%
1850 8,300 18.7%
1860 10,408 25.4%
1870 12,458 19.7%
1880 14,808 18.9%
1890 16,523 11.6%
1900 19,153 15.9%
1910 19,399 1.3%
1920 20,782 7.1%
1930 21,775 4.8%
1940 24,083 10.6%
1950 22,991 −4.5%
1960 23,390 1.7%
1970 25,283 8.1%
1980 28,792 13.9%
1990 29,141 1.2%
2000 33,565 15.2%
2010 35,662 6.2%
Est. 2015 35,162 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Cocke County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Cocke County

As of the census of 2000, there were 33,565 people, 13,762 households, and 9,715 families residing in the county. The population density was 77 people per square mile (30/km²). There were 15,844 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.16% White, 1.99% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,762 households out of which 29.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% were married couples living together, 13.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 26.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,553, and the median income for a family was $30,418. Males had a median income of $26,062 versus $18,826 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,881. About 18.70% of families and 22.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.80% of those under age 18 and 18.70% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Cocke County Memorial Building Newport Tennessee
Cocke County Memorial Building in Newport

City

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Former communities

In popular culture

The novel Christy and the television series of the same name are based on historical events, actual people, and localities of Cocke County. The fictional small town of El Pano, where the novel begins, is based on the existing village of Del Rio, Tennessee. The fictional Cutter Gap, where most of the plot unfolds, represents the locale now known as Chapel Hollow. Several area landmarks associated with the story are marked for visitors, including the site of the Ebenezer Mission in Chapel Hollow, which is located off the Old Fifteenth Rd., about 5 miles (8.0 km) from Del Rio.

The Amazon.com e-novel Mountain Treachery, a Christian fiction novel written by Matt Reid, is set in Cocke County.


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