Mountain City, Tennessee

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Mountain City is a town in Johnson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,383 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Johnson County[3].



Mountain City is located at 36°28′6″N 81°48′14″W / 36.46833°N 81.80389°W / 36.46833; -81.80389 (36.468444, -81.803856)[4]. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²), all of it land. At just over 2,400 feet (730 m), Mountain City is situated in one of the highest valleys in the state of Tennessee. Doe Mountain rises to the southwest, Forge Mountain rises to the east, and a series of rugged hills (part of the Iron Mountains) dominate the landscape to the north. The Tennessee-North Carolina border runs opposite Forge Mountain approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) east of Mountain City, and the Tennessee-Virginia border passes about 10 miles (16 km) to the north.

U.S. Route 421 (Shady Street) connects Mountain City with Bristol, Tennessee to the northwest and Wilkesboro, North Carolina to the southeast. Tennessee State Route 67 (Main Street), which intersects US-421 near the center of town, connects Mountain City with Elizabethton, Tennessee via a winding route along the shores of Watauga Lake. Tennessee State Route 91 (Church Street is the old route, the new route takes you from Ralph Stout Park at US-421 and connects back to old route 91 at Silver Lake Market) connects Mountain City to Damascus, Virginia (the road becomes Virginia State Route 91 at the state line).


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,383 people, 1,136 households, and 664 families residing in the town. The population density was 720.8 people per square mile (278.0/km²). There were 1,250 housing units at an average density of 378.1/sq mi (145.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.86% White, 0.92% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.80% of the population.

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