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Mount Carmel, Tennessee
Town of Mount Carmel sign along Main Street
Town of Mount Carmel sign along Main Street
Location of Mount Carmel, Tennessee
Location of Mount Carmel, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Hawkins
Incorporated 1961
 • Total 6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Land 6.8 sq mi (17.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,365 ft (416 m)
 (2013 (Est.))
 • Total 5,471
 • Density 701.5/sq mi (270.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-50580
GNIS feature ID 1294565

Mount Carmel is a town located in Hawkins County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 5,429, an increase of 634 since the 2000 census. It is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.


Mount Carmel was once recognized as the only town in the United States to be totally on one side of the road. Since then, the city has secured property on the other side of the road and has built a cemetery.


Mount Carmel is located at 36°33′56″N 82°39′12″W / 36.56556°N 82.65333°W / 36.56556; -82.65333 (36.565666, -82.653265). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.8 square miles (18 km2), of which 6.8 square miles (18 km2) is land and 0.15% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 2,821
1980 3,764 33.4%
1990 4,082 8.4%
2000 4,795 17.5%
2010 5,429 13.2%
Est. 2015 5,425 −0.1%

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,795 people, 1,935 households, and 1,499 families residing in the town. The population density was 701.5 people per square mile (270.7/km²). There were 2,078 housing units at an average density of 304.0 per square mile (117.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.27% White, 0.54% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.58% of the population.

There were 1,935 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.5% were non-families. 20.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,599, and the median income for a family was $43,604. Males had a median income of $34,844 versus $24,340 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,702. About 5.5% of families and 9.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 16.8% of those age 65 or over.

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