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Graysville, Tennessee
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Location of Graysville in Rhea County, Tennessee.
Location of Graysville in Rhea County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Rhea
Named for William Gray, early settler
Area
 • Total 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Land 1.18 sq mi (3.05 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
745 ft (227 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,502
 • Estimate 
(2019)
1,580
 • Density 1,341.26/sq mi (517.99/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
37338
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-30760
GNIS feature ID 1286033

Graysville is a town in Rhea County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,411 at the 2000 census and 1,502 at the 2010 census.

History

Graysville Academy, 1895
Graysville Academy, established in 1892 in Graysville, was a Seventh-day Adventist institution that was later to become Southern Adventist University.

Graysville is named for William Gray, an early settler who was appointed postmaster in 1875. The town expanded in the 1880s, when the arrival of the railroad brought coal extraction industries to the area. During this period, the Dayton Coal and Iron Company established a major operation at Graysville. Coal mined nearby was converted into coke, which in turn was used to fuel two blast furnaces to produce pig iron. This operation continued until the Great Depression brought about a general collapse in the industry in the 1930s.

Geography

Graysville is located at 35°26′52″N 85°4′57″W / 35.44778°N 85.08250°W / 35.44778; -85.08250 (35.447848, -85.082437). It is situated along Roaring Creek between Walden Ridge (an escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau) and Blackoak Ridge, just north of the Rhea-Hamilton line. U.S. Route 27 passes through the eastern part of Graysville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 786
1930 793 0.9%
1940 846 6.7%
1950 820 −3.1%
1960 838 2.2%
1970 951 13.5%
1980 1,380 45.1%
1990 1,301 −5.7%
2000 1,411 8.5%
2010 1,502 6.4%
2019 (est.) 1,580 5.2%
Sources:

2020 census

Graysville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,286 87.42%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 14 0.95%
Native American 9 0.61%
Asian 5 0.34%
Other/Mixed 77 5.23%
Hispanic or Latino 80 5.44%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,471 people, 669 households, and 428 families residing in the town.

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