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Hamblen County
County of Hamblen
Hamblen County Courthouse in Morristown
Hamblen County Courthouse in Morristown
Official logo of Hamblen County
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Map of Tennessee highlighting Hamblen County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
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Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Tennessee
Founded 1870
Named for Hezekiah Hamblen
Seat Morristown
Largest city Morristown
 • Total 176 sq mi (460 km2)
 • Land 161 sq mi (420 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (40 km2)  8.3%%
 • Total 64,499 Increase
 • Density 400.61/sq mi (154.68/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Hamblen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2020 census, the population was 64,499. Its county seat and only incorporated city is Morristown. Hamblen County is the core county of the Morristown Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Hamblen, Jefferson, and Grainger counties. The county and the Morristown MSA is included in the Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN Combined Statistical Area.


Hamblen County was created in 1870 from parts of Jefferson, Grainger, and Greene counties. The county is named in honor of Hezekiah Hamblen (1775–1854), an early settler, landowner, attorney, and member of the Hawkins County Court for many years. Governor Dewitt Clinton Senter, a resident of the county, used his influence to assist in its establishment.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 176 square miles (460 km2), of which 161 square miles (420 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (8.3%) is water. It is the third-smallest county in Tennessee by land area and fourth-smallest by total area.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

  • Panther Creek State Park
  • Rankin Wildlife Management Area (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 10,187
1890 11,418 12.1%
1900 12,728 11.5%
1910 13,650 7.2%
1920 15,056 10.3%
1930 16,616 10.4%
1940 18,611 12.0%
1950 23,976 28.8%
1960 33,092 38.0%
1970 38,696 16.9%
1980 49,300 27.4%
1990 50,480 2.4%
2000 58,128 15.2%
2010 62,544 7.6%
2020 64,499 3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Hamblen County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Hamblen County, based on 2000 census data.

2020 census

Hamblen County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 49,197 76.28%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,605 5.27%
Native American 130 0.2%
Asian 712 1.1%
Pacific Islander 268 0.42%
Other/Mixed 2,603 4.04%
Hispanic or Latino 9,483 14.7%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 64,499 people, 24,456 households, and 16,391 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 62,544 people, 29,693 households, and 17,161 families residing in the county. The population density was 388 people per square mile (138/km2). There were 24,560 housing units at an average density of 153 per square mile (59/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 91.74% White, 4.22% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.70% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, and 1.42% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origins constituted 10.73% of the population.

There were 24,560 households, out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals living alone, and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.30% under the age of 20, 5.7% from 20 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,807, and the median income for a family was $48,353. Males had a median income of $36,166 versus $27,094 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,162. 17.7% of the population and 13.2% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.7% are under the age of 65 and 19.3% are 65 or older.



Unincorporated communities


Hamblen County's economic development in recent decades has been phenomenal. Several large industrial parks on the eastern, western, and southern parts of the county are home to manufacturing facilities for regionally, nationally, and internationally based corporations.

Private Education

Lakeway Christian Schools

Lakeway Christian Schools is a private school system that contains three schools in Hamblen County. Cornerstone Christian Academy enrolls students from grades PreK through 5. Lakeway Christian Academy enrolls students from grades 6 through 12. Tri-Cities Cristian Academy enrolls students from grades 9 through 12. The current mission state is, "Partnering with families to provide a Christ-centered and academically challenging education, equipping students with a biblical worldview and a heart for Christ, that they may grow in wisdom, stature and in favor with God and man."

All Saints' Episcopal School

All Saints' Episcopal School was founded in 1967 as a preschool. In 1985, the school was expanded to include first grade. Since then, the school has further expanded (completion in 1992) to enroll students from PreK to 8th grade.

Faith Christian Academy

Faith Christian Academy enrolls students from grades 1 through 12.

Morristown Covenant Academy

Morristown Covenant Academy was founded in 1985 and enrolls students in grades Kindergarten through 12. In their high school educational program, students can choose an educational path for general education, college/university readiness, or vocational readiness. The Morristown Covenant Academy also houses a day care and pre-k program.

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