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Loudon County
County of Loudon
The Loudon County Courthouse in Loudon
The Loudon County Courthouse in Loudon
Map of Tennessee highlighting Loudon 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 Fort Loudoun
Seat Loudon
Largest city Lenoir City (population)
Loudon (area)
 • Total 247 sq mi (640 km2)
 • Land 229 sq mi (590 km2)
 • Water 18 sq mi (50 km2)  7.3%%
 • Total 54,886 Increase
 • Density 212/sq mi (82/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 2nd

Loudon County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located in the central part of East Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 48,556. Its county seat is Loudon. Loudon County is included in the Knoxville, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Loudon County was formed on May 27, 1870, from portions of Roane, Monroe and Blount counties. Originally, it was named Christiana County, but a few days later the name was changed to Loudon in honor of nearby colonial-era Fort Loudoun. The fort was named for John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun and a commander of British forces during the French and Indian Wars. In August 1870, the county officers were chosen. On September 5, 1870, the county court was organized at the Baptist Church in Loudon. This church became the temporary quarters of the county court until the new building, built by J. W. Clark & Brothers, was finished in 1872. Bussell Island, at the mouth of the Little Tennessee River, was inhabited by Native Americans for several thousand years before the arrival of the region's first European settlers. The Overhill Cherokee village of Mialoquo was located along the Little Tennessee near modern Tellico Village. Fort Loudoun was constructed by the British near modern Vonore in 1756, and was destroyed by the Cherokee four years later.

One of the earliest American settlements in what is now Loudon County was a river port and ferry known Morganton, once located on the banks of the Little Tennessee River near modern Greenback. Morganton thrived during the early 19th century, but declined with the rise of the railroad in the latter half of the century. The town's remnants were inundated by Tellico Lake in the 1970s.

Lenoir City is rooted in a plantation established by William Ballard Lenoir in 1810, which by the 1850s included a railroad stop known as Lenoir Station. The Lenoir City Company, established by Knoxville financiers Charles McClung McGhee and Edward J. Sanford, platted modern Lenoir City in the 1890s.

The town of Loudon began as a ferry and later steamboat stop known as Blair's Ferry, established by James Blair and his brother-in-law, John Hudson Carmichael, in the 1810s. The town changed its name to "Loudon" during the early 1850s, when it expanded following the arrival of the railroad. The railroad bridge at Loudon was one of eight bridges targeted for destruction by Union guerillas as part of the East Tennessee bridge-burning conspiracy in November 1861, at the outset of the Civil War. The bridge was too well-guarded by Confederate sentries, however, and the guerillas abandoned the effort.


Creek in Philadelphia

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 247 square miles (640 km2), of which 229 square miles (590 km2) is land and 18 square miles (47 km2) (7.3%) is water.

The Little Tennessee River joins the Tennessee River at Lenoir City. The lower part of the Little Tennessee River is part of Tellico Lake, created by Tellico Dam near the mouth of the river. Fort Loudoun Dam spans the Tennessee River just upstream from its confluence with the Little Tennessee, creating Fort Loudoun Lake. The section of the river downstream from Fort Loudoun Dam is part of Watts Bar Lake.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

  • Tellico Lake Wildlife Management Area (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 9,148
1890 9,273 1.4%
1900 10,838 16.9%
1910 13,612 25.6%
1920 16,275 19.6%
1930 17,805 9.4%
1940 19,838 11.4%
1950 23,182 16.9%
1960 23,757 2.5%
1970 24,266 2.1%
1980 28,553 17.7%
1990 31,255 9.5%
2000 39,086 25.1%
2010 48,556 24.2%
2020 54,886 13.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Loudon County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Loudon County

2020 census

Loudon County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 46,419 84.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 578 1.05%
Native American 95 0.17%
Asian 450 0.82%
Pacific Islander 2 0.0%
Other/Mixed 1,986 3.62%
Hispanic or Latino 5,356 9.76%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 54,886 people, 20,669 households, and 14,615 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 48,556 people, 19,826 households, and 14,483 families living in the county. The population density was 212.03 persons per square mile. The housing unit density was 86.58 units per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 95.35% White, 1.11% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 1.08% from two or more races. 6.99% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 19,826 households, 23.52% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 60.10% were married couples, 4.13% had a male householder with no wife present, 8.82% had a female householder with no husband present, and 16.95% were non-families. 23.21% were one person and 11.17% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.82.

The age distribution was 20.32% under the age of 18, 58.19% ages 18 to 64, and 21.49% age 65 and older. The median age was 46.0 years. 50.93% of the population were females and 49.07% were males.

The median household income in the county was $49,343, and the median family income was $59,044. Males had a median income of $44,110, versus $29,441 for females. The per capita income for the county was $27,046. About 9.2% of families and 13.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under the age of 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 and over.




Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


The public schools in all areas of the county except Lenoir City are operated by Loudon County Schools.

Loudon County Schools

  • Loudon High School
  • Greenback School (K-12)
  • Fort Loudoun Middle School
  • North Middle School
  • Eaton Elementary School
  • Highland Park Elementary School
  • Loudon Elementary School
  • Philadelphia Elementary School
  • Steekee Elementary School
  • Loudon County Technology Center

Lenoir City Schools

  • Lenoir City High School
  • Lenoir City Intermediate/Middle School
  • Lenoir City Elementary School

See also

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