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New Tazewell, Tennessee

Coordinates: 36°26′16″N 83°36′27″W / 36.43778°N 83.60750°W / 36.43778; -83.60750
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New Tazewell, Tennessee
City of New Tazewell
City Hall, New Tazewell
City Hall, New Tazewell
Location of New Tazewell in Claiborne County, Tennessee.
Location of New Tazewell in Claiborne County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°26′16″N 83°36′27″W / 36.43778°N 83.60750°W / 36.43778; -83.60750
CountryUnited States
 • TypeMayor-council
 • MayorJerry Beeler
 • Vice MayorStanley Leonard
 • City Council
List of Councilmembers
 • Total5.07 sq mi (13.12 km2)
 • Land5.07 sq mi (13.12 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,467 ft (447 m)
 • Total2,769
 • Density546.48/sq mi (211.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code423
FIPS code47-53140[6]
GNIS feature ID1295652[4]

New Tazewell is a city in Claiborne County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,037 at the 2010 census.The population was 2,769 at the 2020 census.



When the railroad line was built from Knoxville through Cumberland Gap in the late 1880s, it bypassed the city of Tazewell. It is uncertain whether the railroad was unable to obtain right of way, or whether the decision was made because of topography, but the railroad depot was built about two miles to the west of Tazewell. A new community sprang up around the depot, called Cowan City on old survey maps. The city was incorporated as New Tazewell in the 1920s, but the charter was voted down about fifteen years later. It was reincorporated in 1954.[1]



New Tazewell is located in central Claiborne County, adjacent to the twin city of Tazewell, at a coordinate of 36°26′16″N 83°36′27″W / 36.43778°N 83.60750°W / 36.43778; -83.60750 (36.437838, -83.607613).[7] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.3 square miles (14 km2), all land.


Historical population

2020 census

New Tazewell racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,570 92.81%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 32 1.16%
Native American 10 0.36%
Asian 9 0.33%
Pacific Islander 2 0.07%
Other/Mixed 94 3.39%
Hispanic or Latino 52 1.88%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,769 people, 1,293 households, and 731 families residing in the town.

2000 census


As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 2,871 people, 1,200 households, and 753 families residing in the city. The population density was 542.2 inhabitants per square mile (209.3/km2). There were 1,414 housing units at an average density of 267.0 per square mile (103.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.20% White, 1.46% African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.77% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.04% of the population. There were 1,200 households, out of which 29.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.8% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $21,875, and the median income for a family was $31,458. Males had a median income of $22,181 versus $18,472 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,619. About 24.2% of families and 29.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.1% of those under age 18 and 32.1% of those age 65 or over.



Board of Mayor and Aldermen


New Tazewell uses the mayor-board-of-aldermen system, which was established in 1954 when the city was incorporated. It is composed of the mayor, and six aldermen. The citizens elect the mayor and four aldermen to four-year terms. The board elects a vice mayor from among the six aldermen.[citation needed]

State government


New Tazewell is represented in the 35th District of the Tennessee House of Representatives by Jerry Sexton, a Republican.

It is represented in the 8th District of the Tennessee Senate by Frank Niceley, also a Republican.



New Tazewell is home to a satellite campus of Walters State Community College.


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  2. ^ "New Tazewell". Municipal Technical Advisory Service. University of Tennessee. Retrieved October 16, 2020.
  3. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: New Tazewell, Tennessee
  5. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 27, 2021.