Tazewell, Tennessee

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Tazewell is a town in Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,165 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Claiborne County[3].



Tazewell is located at 36°27′16″N 83°34′16″W / 36.45444°N 83.57111°W / 36.45444; -83.57111 (36.454408, -83.571074)[4]. The town is situated on the northern slope of Wallen Ridge, the northernmost of a series of long, narrow ridges that comprise the Ridge and Valley Province of the Appalachian Mountains. Big Barren Creek rises in the western section of Tazewell and flows southwestward for approximately 10 miles (16 km) before emptying into the Norris Lake impoundment of the Clinch River. The streams in the eastern section of Tazewell are part of the watershed of the Powell River, a Clinch tributary that flows westward a few miles north of Tazewell.

Tazewell is centered just east of the junction of U.S. Route 25, which connects the town to Morristown to the southeast and Middlesboro, Kentucky to the north, and Tennessee State Route 33, which connects the town to Maynardville to the southwest and the upper Clinch Valley to the northeast.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.4 square miles (11.3 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,165 people, 918 households, and 588 families residing in the town. The population density was 496.0 people per square mile (191.7/km²). There were 987 housing units at an average density of 226.1/sq mi (87.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.00% White, 4.02% African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.60% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.05% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.74% of the population.

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