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Copperhill, Tennessee
Downtown Copperhill
Downtown Copperhill
Location of Copperhill in Polk County, Tennessee.
Location of Copperhill in Polk County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Polk
Founded 1890
Incorporated 1913
 • Total 1.80 sq mi (4.67 km2)
 • Land 1.77 sq mi (4.58 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
1,470 ft (448 m)
 • Total 354
 • Estimate 
 • Density 181.46/sq mi (70.05/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-17000
GNIS feature ID 1281278

Copperhill is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 354 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Cleveland Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Copperhill is located at 34°59′32″N 84°22′27″W / 34.99222°N 84.37417°W / 34.99222; -84.37417 (34.992108, -84.374254), situated in extreme southeast Tennessee, bordering North Georgia.

Its twin city is McCaysville, Georgia, with the two situated as a single town aligned along a northwestward-flowing river, known as the Toccoa River in Georgia, and the Ocoee River in Tennessee, rather than the east/west state line, which cuts diagonally across streets (where it is marked with a blue line) and through buildings. There is a main downtown area, which the town shares with McCaysville, and it retains a historic feel of when it was thriving. The main street through town is Ocoee Street (Tennessee State Route 68) which becomes Toccoa Street (Georgia State Route 60) to the east-southeast in McCaysville. A truss bridge over the river at the state line links them to Blue Ridge Drive (Georgia 5) to the south-southwest.

In the early morning hours of February 16, 1990, a major flood struck the towns, although it is now hard to see any damage from this flooding. The upstream Blue Ridge Dam was raised several feet by the Tennessee Valley Authority, thus greatly minimizing any potential future possible occurrence of flooding. There have been no further incidents with the river flooding.

As a result of the state line, homes and businesses on the Copperhill side of town have area code 423, while those on the McCaysville side have area code 706.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), of which 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (2.08%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 1,102
1930 1,050 −4.7%
1940 1,005 −4.3%
1950 924 −8.1%
1960 638 −31.0%
1970 563 −11.8%
1980 418 −25.8%
1990 362 −13.4%
2000 511 41.2%
2010 354 −30.7%
2019 (est.) 321 −9.3%

2020 census

Copperhill racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 381 86.0%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2 0.45%
Native American 1 0.23%
Asian 1 0.23%
Other/Mixed 19 4.29%
Hispanic or Latino 39 8.8%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 443 people, 184 households, and 97 families residing in the city.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Copperhill has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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