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Powells Crossroads, Tennessee
Intersection of State Route 283 and State Route 27 in Powells Crossroads
Intersection of State Route 283 and State Route 27 in Powells Crossroads
Location of Powells Crossroads, Tennessee
Location of Powells Crossroads, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Marion
Incorporated 1976
 • Total 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
 • Land 4.4 sq mi (11.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 676 ft (206 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,322
 • Density 294.0/sq mi (113.5/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 37397
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-60500
GNIS feature ID 1298433

Powells Crossroads is a town in Marion County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,322 at the 2010 census, up from 1,286 in 2000. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN-GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Powells Crossroads is located at 35°11′1″N 85°28′58″W / 35.18361°N 85.48278°W / 35.18361; -85.48278 (35.183526, -85.482900). It is situated in the Sequatchie Valley around the intersection of State Highway 283 and State Highway 27. Whitwell lies just to the west, opposite the Sequatchie River. Walden Ridge, much of it protected by Prentice Cooper State Forest, rises prominently to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 918
1990 1,098 19.6%
2000 1,286 17.1%
2010 1,322 2.8%
Est. 2015 1,317 −0.4%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,286 people, 485 households, and 392 families residing in the town. The population density was 294.0 people per square mile (113.6/km²). There were 509 housing units at an average density of 116.4 per square mile (45.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.22% White, 0.16% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

There were 485 households out of which 36.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 66.6% were married couples living together, 12.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.0% were non-families. 17.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 9.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 101.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,650, and the median income for a family was $42,727. Males had a median income of $33,611 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,536. About 5.8% of families and 7.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.2% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 and over.

In popular culture

Powells Crossroads was the filming location for parts of the 1984 movie Starman. The lake on which Karen Allen's character lived is located in the Prentice Cooper State Forest and is called Crater Lake. The truck stop scene at "Bowdarks" was also filmed nearby, at the Martin Springs exit on I-24.

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