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Sewanee, Tennessee
Businesses along US 41A in Sewanee
Businesses along US 41A in Sewanee
Location of Sewanee, Tennessee
Location of Sewanee, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Franklin
 • Total 3.9 sq mi (10.1 km2)
 • Land 3.9 sq mi (10.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,929 ft (588 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,311
 • Density 593/sq mi (228.8/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 37375, 37383
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-67140
GNIS feature ID 1301113

Sewanee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Franklin County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,311 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Tullahoma, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Sewanee is best known as the home of The University of the South, commonly known as "Sewanee."


Sewanee lies on the western edge of the Cumberland Plateau in the southeastern part of Middle Tennessee. It is located at 35°12′4″N 85°55′17″W / 35.20111°N 85.92139°W / 35.20111; -85.92139 (35.201232, -85.921524). It is at elevation 1,929 feet (588 m).

The primary road in Sewanee is a merged section of U.S. Route 41A and Tennessee State Route 56, which connects the community with Monteagle to the east. In the western part of Sewanee, the two highways diverge, with US-41A descending the Plateau to the west and continuing toward Cowan and Winchester, and TN-56 descending the Plateau to the south and continuing toward Sherwood and Alabama.

The University of the South campus occupies most of the northern portion of Sewanee, with several small neighborhoods scattered around it. A small commercial district is concentrated around the intersection of US-41A and University Avenue, the latter being a wide road that connects the highway with the university campus.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.9 square miles (10 km2), of which 3.9 square miles (10 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.052 km2) (0.49%) is water.


The climate is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Cfa" (Humid Subtropical Climate).

Climate data for Sewanee, Tennessee
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 7.8
Average low °C (°F) -1.1
Precipitation mm (inches) 137
Avg. precipitation days 10 10 10 9 9 9 10 8 6 6 8 9 104
Source: Weatherbase


As of the census of 2000, there were 2,361 people, 494 households, and 302 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 510.2 people per square mile (196.9/km²). There were 554 housing units at an average density of 119.7/sq mi (46.2/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 93.10% White, 5.42% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.72% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.65% of the population.

Houses in Sewanee

There were 494 households out of which 24.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 7.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.7% were non-families. 34.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.76.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 9.5% under the age of 18, 56.9% from 18 to 24, 11.3% from 25 to 44, 12.1% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 21 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $55,625, and the median income for a family was $75,681. Males had a median income of $51,125 versus $41,518 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,484. About 3.3% of families and 7.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.2% of those under age 18 and 4.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education and culture

Sewanee is the home of The University of the South, founded and owned by the southern dioceses of the Episcopal Church, and generally known as "Sewanee."

Sewanee Elementary School serves Sewanee and nearby communities.

The university hosts the Sewanee Writers' Conference each summer. The Sewanee Summer Music Festival is an annual, month-long music camp for young orchestral musicians under the tutelage of accomplished teachers and conductors.

Nearby St. Andrew's-Sewanee School, one of the oldest boarding-day schools in the South, is a private school for grades 6 through 12 with a student population of 100 boarding and 150 day students.

The Sewanee Review, a literary magazine, has been published in Sewanee continuously since 1892.

The Templeton Library, which was to be the repository of the papers of financier Sir John Templeton, a native of the area, sits prominently on a bluff of the plateau, overlooking the valley below. It is no longer a library, it now houses several private apartments.

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