Mount Juliet, Tennessee

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Mt. Juliet is a city located in the western portion of Wilson County, Tennessee, U.S.A. It is a suburb of Nashville, and is approximately 17 miles (27 km) east of downtown. It is located roughly between two major national east-west routes, Interstate 40 and U.S. Route 70. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 12,366. The city completed a special census in May 2006, certified by the State of Tennessee, which revealed a population of 20,392. Another special census was taken in 2008 which revealed a population of 25,234, surpassing the population of Lebanon by 422, and making Mt. Juliet the largest city in Wilson County for the first time in its history.[1] The city's official colors are the same as the town's high school: black and gold.

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History

Mt. Juliet was formed in 1835 and became 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 a castle in County Kilkenny, Ireland.[2]

Geography

Mt Juliet is located at 36°12'10" North, 86°30'49" West (36.202654, -86.513583)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 16.6 square miles (42.8 km²), of which, 16.2 square miles (42.1 km²) of it is land and 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²) of it 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.

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