Unicoi County, Tennessee

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Unicoi County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 17,667. Its county seat is Erwin[1]. Unicoi is a Cherokee Native American word meaning "white," "hazy," "fog-like," or "fog draped."

Unicoi County is part of the Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–KingsportBristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.



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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 186 square miles (483 km²), of which 186 square miles (482 km²) is land and 0 square miles (1 km²) (0.19%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,667 people, 7,516 households, and 5,223 families residing in the county. The population density was 95 people per square mile (37/km²). There were 8,214 housing units at an average density of 44 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.96% White, 0.07% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.95% from other races, and 0.66% from two or more races. 1.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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