Rockwood, Tennessee

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Rockwood is a city in Roane County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 5,774 at the 2000 census. It is included in the Harriman, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Rockwood is located at 35°52′9″N 84°40′31″W / 35.86917°N 84.67528°W / 35.86917; -84.67528 (35.869147, -84.675176)[3]. Rockwood is situated at the base of the eastern escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau, known locally as Walden Ridge. The boundary between the Eastern Time Zone and Central Time Zone runs along Rockwood's western boundary. The Watts Bar Lake impoundment of the Tennessee River provides much of Rockwood's southern boundary.

Rockwood is centered around a series of roads which intersect U.S. Route 70 between its junction with State Route 29 in the northeast and State Route 27 to the southwest. In recent years, the town has expanded toward Interstate 40 to the northeast. Rockwood is a familiar site to travelers who frequent I-40 between Knoxville and Nashville, as dramatic views of Rockwood and the Tennessee Valley beyond line the interstate just before it tops out at the edge of the Cumberland Plateau.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.6 km²), of which, 7.9 square miles (20.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.63%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,774 people, 2,478 households, and 1,558 families residing in the city. The population density was 731.4 people per square mile (282.6/km²). There were 2,729 housing units at an average density of 345.7/sq mi (133.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.86% White, 5.44% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.29% Asian, 0.21% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. Hispanic/Latino/Tejano of any race were 0.81% of the population.

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