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 1,725 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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, 2017)


Total Population 1,725
Daytime Population: Workers 627
Daytime Population: Residents 986
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,613
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.94
Population in Households 1,725
Population in Familes 1,363
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 1,121
Diversity Index3 11


Median Household Income $37,060
Average Household Income $53,685
Per Capita Income $22,145


Total Housing Units 844 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 486 (57.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 235 (27.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 123 (14.6%)
Median Home Value $105,108
Average Home Value $138,860


Total Households 721
Average Household Size 2.39
Family Households 469
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -0.06% 0.0%
Households -0.11% -0.03%
Families -0.2% -0.17%
Median Household Income   2.04%
Per Capita Income   3.48%

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, 2017 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 # 216 50th
Population Density # 53 88th
Diversity Index # 338 21st
Median Household Income # 268 37th
Per Capita Income # 200 53rd

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