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LaFollette, Tennessee
LaFollette, viewed from an overlook along the Cumberland Trail
LaFollette, viewed from an overlook along the Cumberland Trail
Location of La Follette, Tennessee
Location of La Follette, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°22′30″N 84°7′39″W / 36.37500°N 84.12750°W / 36.37500; -84.12750Coordinates: 36°22′30″N 84°7′39″W / 36.37500°N 84.12750°W / 36.37500; -84.12750
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Campbell
 • Mayor Mike Stanfield
 • Vice Mayor Bob Fannon
 • Total 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 • Land 4.9 sq mi (12.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,073 ft (327 m)
Population (2012)Estimate
 • Total 7,301[1]
 • Density 1,521.6/sq mi (587.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37766
Area code(s) 423
FIPS code 47-40180[2]
GNIS feature ID 1652480[3]
Website http://www.lafollettetn.gov/

LaFollette is a city in Campbell County, Tennessee, United States. Its population was 7,926 at the 2000 census. It is the principal city of the LaFollette, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Campbell County, and is a component of the Knoxville-Sevierville-La Follette Combined Statistical Area. While the city's official spelling is one word ("LaFollette")—after its founders, Harvey Marion LaFollette and his younger brother Grant LaFollette—several federal agencies spell the city's name with two words ("La Follette").


Harvey and Grant LaFollette purchased 37,000 acres (150 km2) at Big Creek Gap, where the present community lies, around 1890. They founded the LaFollette Coal, Iron, and Railway Company in order to exploit mineral resources they had observed. Although the business failed during the 1920s, the community continued to grow.[4][5] The City of LaFollette was incorporated in 1897.


LaFollette is located at 36°22′30″N 84°7′39″W / 36.37500°N 84.12750°W / 36.37500; -84.12750 (36.375006, −84.127623).[6] The city is situated in Powell Valley, where the Appalachian Ridge-and-Valley province gives way to the Cumberland Plateau region. Cumberland Mountain, a 50-mile (80 km) ridge stretching from Cumberland Gap in the east to Bruce Gap on the west, rises north of LaFollette. Norris Lake dominates the area to the south. Jacksboro lies adjacent to LaFollette to the southwest. A leg of the Cumberland Trail is accessible off Tennessee Avenue at the north end of LaFollette.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 4.9 square miles (13 km2), all land. The elevation varies around the city, around 1,150 feet (350 m) in the valley areas to 1,500 feet (460 m) on ridge tops. The average elevation is around 1,300 feet (400 m).

U.S. Route 25W and state routes 9 and 63 run concurrently through the community.Interstate 75 is located to the west.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 306
1910 2,816 820.3%
1920 3,056 8.5%
1930 2,637 −13.7%
1940 4,010 52.1%
1950 5,797 44.6%
1960 6,204 7.0%
1970 6,902 11.3%
1980 8,198 18.8%
1990 7,192 −12.3%
2000 7,926 10.2%
2010 7,456 −5.9%
Est. 2012 7,301 −2.1%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 7,926 people, 3,422 households, and 2,135 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,624.7 people per square mile (627.1/km²). There were 3,779 housing units at an average density of 774.6 per square mile (299.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.89% White, 0.54% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.14% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

There were 3,422 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $18,370, and the median income for a family was $24,235. Males had a median income of $25,541 versus $18,835 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,355. About 28.3% of families and 33.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 48.7% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ American FactFinder, United States Census Bureau. Retrieved: 10 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ http://www.lafollettetn.gov/history.htm
  5. ^ Jim Matheny, Why do they call it that- LaFollette, WBIR.com, 19 August 2011. Retrieved: 30 August 2011.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  8. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 

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Bend Bulletin

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Sat, 16 May 2015 23:56:15 -0700

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