Bluff City, TN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bluff City, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Bluff City had a population of 1,766 as of July 1, 2016. Bluff City ranks in the upper quartile for Population Density and the lower 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 Bluff City is located at latitude 36.4595 and longitude -82.2779 in Sullivan County. The formal boundaries for the City of Bluff City (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.54 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Sullivan County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,450 feet.

The City of Bluff City (GNIS ID: 2403884) 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 Bluff City is located within Commissioner District 5, a minor civil division (MCD) of Sullivan County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Bluff City 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 Bluff City: Choates Ford, Middletown, Shoates Ford, Union, Union Depot, Zollicoffer.

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Bluff City, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,766
Population in Households 1,766
Population in Familes 1,397
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 1,148
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 738
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 480
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 841 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 491 (58.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 247 (29.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 103 (12.2%)
Median Home Value $91,288
Average Home Value $123,069


Median Household Income $34,434
Average Household Income $49,388
Per Capita Income $20,413
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.3% 0.2%
Households 0.24% 0.19%
Families 0.13% 0.0%
Median Household Income   -0.48%
Per Capita Income   1.2%
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.

Bluff City, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bluff City 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 # 215 50th
Population Density1 # 50 89th
Diversity Index2 # 330 23rd
Median Household Income # 290 32nd
Per Capita Income # 224 48th

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