Clinton, Tennessee is located in Anderson County, Tennessee, and it’s the county seat, as well as part of the Knoxville Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), as it’s located about 15 miles to the northwest of Knoxville.
It was first founded in 1801, and named “Burrville” in honor of Aaron Burr. However, it was renamed in 1809 when Burr was charged with treason. The name “Clinton” was chosen to honor either George Clinton, Burr’s successor, or DeWitt Clinton, George Clinton’s nephew and a well-known naturalist.
Today, Clinton, Tennessee has a population of 9,409, according to the most recently available census data, with a population density of 862.8 people per square mile. The city is 95.47% white, with an African-American population of 2.72%, as well as a small Asian, Hispanic, and Native American population. The median income for an individual is $32,481, and the median income for a family is $43,099. 11.8% of families and 16.5% of the total population live under the poverty line.
Clinton has a humid subtropical Koppen climate classification, with high temperatures and consistent rainfall throughout the year. Average highs in July reach 87 degrees Fahrenheit, with average highs in January reaching 45 degrees Fahrenheit.
The city relies on road travel for transportation, and is primarily built around the junction of Tennessee State Route 61, which connects the city to Norris and Andersonville, and U.S. Route 25W, which connects Clinton to Knoxville in the southeast, and to Rocky Top and Caryville in the north. U.S. Route 25W also connects with I-75 near downtown Clinton.
It is known for historical landmarks and cultural centers such as the Museum of Appalachia, the Norris Dam State Park, and Green McAdoo Cultural Center, a museum dedicated to the desegregation crisis of the Clinton High School in 1956. It is located in the former Green McAdoo School, a segregation-era school.
K-6 education in Clinton, Tennessee is provided by the Clinton County School District, which has been recognized as one of the best in the region. Middle and high school education is provided by the Anderson County School District.
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