Harrison, Tennessee

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Harrison is a census-designated place (CDP) in Hamilton County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 7,630 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Chattanooga, TN–GA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Harrison Bay State Park, the Hamilton County Landfill, Bear Trace Golf Course, a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, and Skull Island, a recreational area owned by TVA, are all located in Harrison.



Harrison is located at 35°7′9″N 85°8′58″W / 35.11917°N 85.14944°W / 35.11917; -85.14944 (35.119296, -85.149487)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.7 km²), of which, 7.3 square miles (18.9 km²) of it is land and 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²) of it (20.33%) is water.


Harrison was originally named for President William Henry Harrison and became the seat of Hamilton County in 1840 after it was moved there from Dallas, just across the Tennessee River. The county seat was, however, transferred to Chattanooga in 1870 due to its rapid growth[1].

Harrison's borders were once much more expanded than today. When the Chickamauga Dam was completed on the Tennessee River by the Tennessee Valley Authority in 1940 much of the city was flooded, as portrayed in the 1960 movie Wild River. Some parts of the old city, such as old building foundations, roads, and guard rails, can still be seen especially in and around Harrison Bay.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,630 people, 2,856 households, and 2,281 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,046.0 people per square mile (404.1/km²). There were 2,956 housing units at an average density of 405.2/sq mi (156.6/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.59% White, 12.94% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.26% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

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