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Gray, Tennessee
Location of Gray, Tennessee
Location of Gray, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Washington
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,575 ft (480 m)
 • Total 1,222
 • Density 815/sq mi (313/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-30700
GNIS feature ID 1285984

Gray is a census-designated place (CDP) in Washington County, Tennessee, United States and a rural suburb of Johnson City. It is part of the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–KingsportBristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region. The population was 1,222 at the 2010 census.

Gray lies just outside the junction between Interstate 81 and Interstate 26, the latter of which runs directly through the town. The town was founded as Gray Station, Tennessee, as it mainly served as a railway depot; the town became Gray for preferred usage. The Gray area consisted primarily of rural farmland until the 1990s, when some suburban areas began to take shape. Since 2000, the Gray area has gradually grown each year, with the addition of new chain restaurants and a museum known as the Gray Fossil Site. Some of the area has been annexed by Johnson City.


Gray is located at 36°25′3″N 82°28′32″W / 36.41750°N 82.47556°W / 36.41750; -82.47556 (36.417403, -82.475637).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) of it is land and 0.33% is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,273 people, 553 households, and 397 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 758.7 people per square mile (292.6/km2). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 349.2/sq mi (134.7/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 98.35% White, 0.55% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.63% of the population.

There were 553 households, of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18, 57.3% were married couples living together, 12.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 24.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the CDP, the population was spread out, with 21.6% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 31.2% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $30,469, and the median income for a family was $40,473. Males had a median income of $28,333 versus $18,750 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,542. About 13.2% of families and 14.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.0% of those under age 18 and 12.3% of those age 65 or over.


Since Gray's only public elementary school, Gray Elementary, was becoming overpopulated, a new school named Ridgeview Elementary was completed in 2008. Gray Elementary School's population was about 1000+ children, but when Ridgeview was built both schools had a population of about 600+ children in 2008. Gray's only high school, Daniel Boone High School, teaches nearly half of Washington County's high school children.

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