Orme, Tennessee

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Orme is a town in Marion County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 145 as of 2007. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Orme (rhymes with "storm") is located at 35°0′41″N 85°48′19″W / 35.01139°N 85.80528°W / 35.01139; -85.80528 (35.011361, -85.805175)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.2 square miles (10.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 124 people, 57 households, and 36 families residing in the town. The population density was 29.8 people per square mile (11.5/km²). There were 63 housing units at an average density of 15.2/sq mi (5.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 57 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 12.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.8% were non-families. 29.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.64.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 36.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 121.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 104.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,563, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $45,833 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,374. There were 17.9% of families and 18.6% of the population living below the poverty line, including 22.2% of under eighteens and 18.2% of those over 64.


In the 1930s, Orme was a coal-mining community with a population of thousands, a jail, three schools, and a hotel. After a coal strike in the 1940s, the local coal mine closed, and the town lost most of its population and other business activity.[4]

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