Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Oak Ridge, Tennessee is a city located in Anderson and Roane counties in Eastern Tennessee, and it’s located about 25 miles west of Knoxville, the largest nearby city. It was first established in 1942 as part of the Manhattan Project, the operation which built the Atomic Bomb.

Today, Oak Ridge has a population of 29,330 as of the latest available census data, and it’s still home to the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 National Security Complex. Scientific development and weapons research at these facilities are the main driver of the economy of the area, and are very important to the local residents.

Compared to other locations in the South, Oak Ridge is not as diverse, with a population that is 86.8% white, 8.1% African-American, and 4.6% Hispanic or Latino. 2.5% of residents are Asian, and 0.4% are Native American. The median income in the city is $48,716 for an individual, or $69,333 for a family. 10.7% of families and 16% of the population lived below the poverty line, as of the most recently available census data. The population density is quite low, at only 161.2 per square mile. 

The climate of Oak Ridge, Tennessee is classified as a humid subtropical climate, with average highs in July of about 88.4 degrees Fahrenheit, and average highs in January reaching 46.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

The economy is primarily driven by science and research. The Department of Energy, NOAA, IPIX, Remotec, and LeMond Composites are some of the most well-known employers in the city. Oak Ridge is also well-known for the Department of Energy Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which is home to Titan, one of the world’s fastest supercomputers.

Education is provided by the Oak Ridge School District, which was recognized as the best school district in Tennessee in 2017 by Niche. It has 4 elementary schools, two middle schools (grade 5-8) and one high school. Higher education is provided by institutions such as Roane State Community College and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education. 

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