Copperhill, Tennessee

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Copperhill is a city in Polk County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 511 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Cleveland, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Copperhill is located at 34°59′32″N 84°22′27″W / 34.99222°N 84.37417°W / 34.99222; -84.37417 (34.992108, -84.374254)[3], situated in extreme southeast Tennessee, bordering northwest Georgia.

Its twin city is McCaysville, Georgia, with the two situated as a single town aligned along the northwestward-flowing river rather than the east/west state line, which cuts diagonally across streets (where it is marked with a blue line) and through buildings. The main street through town is Ocoee Street (Tennessee 68), which becomes Toccoa Street (Georgia 60) to the east-southeast in McCaysville. A truss bridge over the river at the state line links them to Blue Ridge Drive (Georgia 5) to the south-southwest.

Copperhill is the birthplace to the Ocoee River, and where the river changes names from the Toccoa River in Georgia to become the Ocoee in Tennessee. In 1990, a major flood stuck the towns in the dark morning hours of February 16th. Even after the flood recovery, the town still has a unique downtown business corridor that retains a flavor of yesteryear.

As a result of the state line, homes and businesses on the Copperhill side of town have area code 423, while those on the McCaysville side have area code 706.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), of which, 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.08%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 511 people, 239 households, and 146 families residing in the city. The population density was 271.9 people per square mile (104.9/km²). There were 274 housing units at an average density of 145.8/sq mi (56.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.46% White, 0.20% Native American, and 2.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.98% of the population.

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