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Mt. Juliet, Tennessee

Mount Juliet
City
Official seal of Mt. Juliet, Tennessee
Seal
Motto(s): 
The City Between The Lakes
Location in Wilson County and the state of Tennessee
Location in Wilson County and the state of Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Wilson
Founded 1835
Incorporated 1972
Named for Mount Juliet Estate (County Kilkenny, Ireland)
Area
 • Total 25.1 sq mi (64.9 km2)
 • Land 24.7 sq mi (64.0 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
Elevation
683 ft (208 m)
Population
 (2015)Special Census
 • Total 28,159
 • Density 761/sq mi (293.8/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
37121 (P.O. boxes)
37122 (gen. delivery)
37138 (northwestern gen. delivery)
Area code(s) 615, 629
Website www.cityofmtjuliet.org

Mount Juliet (more commonly known as Mt. Juliet) is a city located in western Wilson County, Tennessee. A suburb of Nashville, it is approximately 17 miles (27 km) east of downtown Nashville. Mt. Juliet is located mostly between two major national east-west routes, Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70. As of the 2015 special census, the city has a total population of 28,156. Mt. Juliet is the largest city in Wilson County

History

Mt. Juliet was formed in 1835 and incorporated as a city in 1972. According to the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce, the name of the town has two possible explanations. One theory is that the town was named for Julia Gleaves, a person who was renowned for taking care of those in need within the community. The most widely accepted story is that Mt. Juliet is named for the Mount Juliet Estate, a manor house in County Kilkenny, Ireland. It is the only U.S. city with this name.

Geography

Sign of Mt. Juliet Road (Highway 171) welcoming commuters to Mt. Juliet.
Sign on Mt. Juliet Road (Highway 171) welcoming commuters to Mt. Juliet.

Mt. Juliet is located at 36°12'10" North, 86°30'49" West (36.202654, −86.513583).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (43 km2), of which 16.2 square miles (42 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) is water. The total area is 1.99% water. Recent annexations along the east side of South Rutland Road as well as a land swap with the City of Lebanon for the Bel Air at Beckwith project (southeast quadrant of I-40/Beckwith Road interchange) have increased the city's geographical area to approximately 21.78 square miles (56.4 km2).

Mt. Juliet's official city slogan is "The City Between The Lakes", reflecting the city's proximity to Old Hickory Lake (Cumberland River) to its north and Percy Priest Lake (Stones River) to its south, both of which are man-made reservoirs.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 2,879
1990 5,389 87.2%
2000 12,366 129.5%
2010 23,671 91.4%
Est. 2015 31,540 33.2%
Sources:

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,366 people, 4,341 households, and 3,576 families residing in the city. The population density was 761.2 people per square mile (293.8/km²). There were 4,673 housing units at an average density of 287.6 per square mile (111.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.86% Caucasian, 3.93% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 1.00% from two or more races. 1.17% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Cooks united methodist church mtjuliet
Dating back to the mid-1800s Cook's United Methodist Church is one of the oldest churches in Mt. Juliet

There were 4,341 households out of which 46.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.3% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 17.6% were non-families. Thirteen-point-eight percent of all households were made up of individuals and 3.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 30.5% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 35.3% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 6.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 95.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.4 males.

In 2014, the median income for a household in the city was $73,512 and the median family income is $78,443. The medium value of owner-occupied housing units is $200,000. 2.4% of the population and 1.7% of families were below the poverty line. 3.2% of those under the age of 18 and 4.0% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line. Wilson County is the 2nd wealthiest county in Tennessee.

Mt. Juliet has claimed to be the "fastest-growing city in Tennessee," and it does qualify for this distinction if one considers growth from 2000–2015 for Tennessee cities with a population over 10,000. In recent years, Thompsons Station in Williamson County and Spring Hill in Williamson County have grown by a larger percentage basis. Mt. Juliet remains one of the fastest growing places in Tennessee.

Mt. Juliet City Hall
Mt. Juliet City Hall on Mt. Juliet Rd.

Transportation

Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70 (Lebanon Road) run east/west through Mt. Juliet, and State Route 171 (Mt Juliet Road) runs north-to-south connecting US-70 to I-40, before continuing toward Interstate 24 in the Antioch area.

Mt. Juliet serves as a stop on the Music City Star commuter rail service from Nashville to Lebanon, operating over freight carrier Nashville and Eastern Railroad. The Music City star has stations in downtown Nashville, Donelson, Hermitage, Mt. Juliet, Martha (HY. 109), and Lebanon. The Music City Star also runs trains for Tennessee Titans games, New Year's Eve, Wilson County Fair, other events downtown Nashville. Additionally, a Friday night train has been added to give Mt. Juliet residents the option of taking the train for Friday night excursions.

For commercial air traffic, Mt. Juliet is served by Nashville International Airport, located 9 miles (14 km) west of the city via Interstate 40.

Recreation

Cedar Creek Park
Cedar Creek Beach

Mt. Juliet has five public parks:

  • Charlie Daniels Park (named in honor of the musician who makes his home in Mt. Juliet) is home to tennis courts, a large children's playground, the city's youth football fields, and the Mt. Juliet Community Center (a public meeting place and gymnasium). The parks also has a "splash pad" for children in the summer months.
  • Sgt. Jerry Mundy Memorial Park (named in honor of a city police officer killed in the line of duty on July 9, 2003) features four softball fields, a soccer field, a frisbee golf course, and a smaller playground. Prior to 2003, this park was called "Millennium Sportsplex."
  • South Mt. Juliet City Park has a pavilion, sand volleyball court, children's play area, and nature trail in addition to Mt. Juliet's very own "Bark Park," a ¾ acre fenced-in area allowing people and their dog playspace.
  • Robinson Park is an 11-acre park on Mt. Juliet Rd. (next to Robinson Crossing). It hosts a ½ mile wraparound hiking trail and outdoor fitness equipment. The park offers homes to birds, bees, bats, lady bugs, and butterflies. Robinson Park is a Certified Wildlife Habitat.
  • Jones Family Park hosts a sand volleyball court, Frisbee Golf Range, a walking trail, and picnic areas. It also offers a ½ acre fenced in "Bark Park" for dogs to enjoy and a miniature Frisbee Golf Course.
  • Cedar Creek Access Area (Old Hickory Lake)

Three state parks are located within a 30-minute drive of the city:

The privately owned little league park features more than a dozen baseball and softball fields.

Fishing and boating are popular pastimes in Mt. Juliet, resultant of the city's proximity to Percy Priest and Old Hickory Lakes.

Cedar Creek Pathway
Geese crossing at Cedar Creek Roadway

Swimming is an up-and-coming sport in Mt. Juliet and West Wilson County. Two summer league teams exist: one at Langford Farms and the other at Willoughby Station.

City services

The City of Mt. Juliet operates a police department. Ambulance service are provided by WEMA (the Wilson Emergency Management Agency). The city has a combination career and volunteer Fire Department (MJFD) with one station on Belinda Parkway and another station located on Hill Street. MJPD is currently in discussions to open a third fire station on the north side of Mt. Juliet. There is one WEMA fire station also within the city limits. Mt. Juliet has a new police station near Charlie Daniels Park on the city's northwest side. In December 2008, the Mt. Juliet Police Department Animal Control Division opened a shelter on Industrial Drive.

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