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Maryville, Tennessee

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Maryville is a city located in Blount County, Tennessee, south of Knoxville. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 23,120. It is the county seat of Blount CountyTemplate:GR. The city is home to Maryville College and the headquarters of Ruby Tuesday, a chain of casual dining restaurants.

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History

In 1785, Revolutionary War veteran John Craig founded a wooden pallisade known as Fort Craig at what is now Maryville in order to defend settlers against attacks from Native American tribes. Craig donated 50 acres (200,000 m²) next to his fort for the founding of a new town. Maryville was encorporated as a city on July 11 1795 and named in honor of Mary Grainger Blount, wife of territorial governor William Blount, for whom Blount County is named.

The family of Sam Houston moved to Maryville in 1808, when Houston was 15. He taught school in a one-room schoolhouse in Maryville before he began his military and political career.

During the American Civil War, Maryville was occupied by Union troops in May 1864. In August 1864, a Confederate cavalry raid, under the command of General Joseph Wheeler, attacked the courthouse where the Union troops had barricaded themselves. The Rebels set fire to several buildings in the attempt to dislodge the Northern soldiers, including a store where the city's records were being kept. Polly Tool, an African-American slave rescued most of the records and is now honored by a statue in the Blount County courthouse.

U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander was born in Maryville in 1940 and announced his eventually unsuccessful bids for the Republican nomination for President in 1996 and 2000 from the steps of the Blount County courthouse in Maryville.

Geography

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Location of Maryville, Tennessee

Maryville is located at 35°44'59" North, 83°58'33" West (35.749857, -83.975805)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 41.2 km² (15.9 mi²). 41.2 km² (15.9 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Maryville lies in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. The city is bordered on the north by Maryville's twin city, Alcoa, Tennessee.

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Demographics

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there are 23,120 people, 9,050 households, and 6,045 families residing in the city. The population density is 560.7/km² (1,452.4/mi²). There are 9,795 housing units at an average density of 237.6/km² (615.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.59% White, 2.95% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.55% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 1.14% from two or more races. 1.38% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 9,050 households out of which 32.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% are married couples living together, 11.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 33.2% are non-families. 29.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.95.

In the city the population is spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 9.8% from 18 to 24, 27.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 17.6% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $40,143, and the median income for a family is $49,182. Males have a median income of $35,434 versus $23,444 for females. The per capita income for the city is $21,556. 10.1% of the population and 7.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.3% of those under the age of 18 and 9.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Schools

City

  • Foothills Elementary School
  • Fort Craig School of Dynamic Learning
  • John Sevier Elementary School
  • Maryville High School
  • Maryville Intermediate School
  • Maryville Middle School
  • Sam Houston Elementary School

Private/parochial

External links

City of Maryville (http://www.ci.maryville.tn.us/) Template:Mapit-US-cityscale

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