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Oak Ridge, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Oak Ridge had a population of 30,137 as of July 1, 2016. Oak Ridge ranks in the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Tennessee. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Oak Ridge is located at latitude 35.9665 and longitude -84.2906 in Anderson County. The formal boundaries for the City of Oak Ridge (see map below) encompass a land area of 85.27 sq. miles and a water area of 4.7 sq. miles. Anderson County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 850 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Oak Ridge are located in Anderson County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Roane County.

The City of Oak Ridge (GNIS ID: 2404409) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Oak Ridge is located within Commissioner District 6, a minor civil division (MCD) of Anderson County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Oak Ridge population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Oak Ridge: Elza.

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Oak Ridge, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 30,137
Population in Households 29,654
Population in Familes 23,119
Population in Group Qrtrs 483
Population Density1 353
Diversity Index2 39


Total Households 12,974
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 7,956
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 14,804 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 8,031 (54.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 4,943 (33.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,830 (12.4%)
Median Home Value $160,344
Average Home Value $196,822


Median Household Income $50,691
Average Household Income $72,380
Per Capita Income $31,604
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.44% 0.36%
Households 0.25% 0.24%
Families 0.07% 0.1%
Median Household Income   1.72%
Per Capita Income   1.51%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Oak Ridge, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Oak Ridge to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 24 95th
Population Density1 # 273 36th
Diversity Index2 # 80 81st
Median Household Income # 78 82nd
Per Capita Income # 28 94th

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