Sneedville, Tennessee

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Sneedville is a town in Hancock County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,257 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hancock County[3].



Sneedville was named in honor of William Henry Sneed (1812–1869), an attorney from Knoxville who played a key role in the establishment of Hancock County in the 19th century.[4]


Sneedville is located at 36°31′55″N 83°12′51″W / 36.53194°N 83.21417°W / 36.53194; -83.21417 (36.532062, -83.214140)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), all of it land. The Clinch River passes within the city limits.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,257 people, 527 households, and 310 families residing in the town. The population density was 551.0 people per square mile (212.9/km²). There were 593 housing units at an average density of 259.9/sq mi (100.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.69% White, 0.64% African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.72% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population. Melungeons, a so-called "tri-racial isolate", were also historically present in this area.

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