About Blount

Beautiful Blount County, TN.

People are discovering Blount County, Tennessee and they're moving here in droves. Businesses are discovering the many economic advantages of locating in Blount County, and they're bringing new jobs to the area. Newcomers are moving to Blount County at an incredible rate due to the quality of life that we enjoy. Join the growing number of people discovering Blount County! Arts and Entertainment Channel selected Maryville as one of its "Top 10 Cities to Have it All!" Your Money magazine selected Maryville one of tomorrow's "Hottest Retirement Destinations."

Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Blount County covers an area of 584 square miles. The county has an elevation of 989 feet above sea level and it's located near the geographic center of the eastern United States and is within 500 miles of approximately 50 percent of the U.S. population. Our area has been one of the fastest growing counties in Tennessee, increasing its population by 22 percent from 1970 to 1980 and an additional 10.5 percent from 1980-1990 and 17.7 percent from 1990-2001. The county has approximately 126,339 residents. McGhee Tyson Airport is conveniently located in Blount County and Knoxville is only minutes away. A web of highways and interstates connecting commerce are also quickly accessible.

Join the thousands of other people who call Blount County their home -- a place connecting business, technology, nature and people.

 

 

Weather


Annual Average Temperature: 59 degrees
Monthly Average High Temp: Jan 47 degrees/July 87 degrees
Monthly Average Low Temp: Jan 30 degrees/July 68 degrees
Annual Average Snowfall: 12"
Annual Average Precipitation: 48"
Elevation: 989' above sea level
Prevailing Winds: Southwest
Mean Length of Freeze Period: 186 days

 

History




Blount County is one of the oldest counties in Tennessee. The County was the tenth created in Tennessee when a part of Knox County was separated by the Territorial Legislature in 1795. It was named after William Blount, Governor of the Territory of the United States "South of the River Ohio." The County seat was authorized to be laid out in 1795 and was named Maryville in honor of Mary Blount, the wife of Governor William Blount. Settlement of the area began in 1785 mainly with Scotch-Irish Presbyterians. The early settlers were thrifty and energetic people who moved westward from Virginia and North Carolina. These settlers, for the most part, were not wealthy landowners, but instead were looking for fertile land to farm, ample water supply, and abundant resources of lumber. Lumbering was the first primary industrial trade in Blount County.

Today, lumbering has been replaced with many varied occupational opportunities. Over 100 manufacturing plants can be found in Blount County. The principal employers for the residents of the County are DENSO Manufacturing TN Inc, Alcoa Inc, ProNova Solutions and Blount Memorial Hospital.

The County contains 584 square miles and is bordered on the east by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and on the west by the great chain of lakes created by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Little River, flowing out of the Great Smokies, winds it way across the County and pours into the Tennessee Valley lakes. The Little Tennessee River parallels the southern border. The County is served by several major highways: U.S. Highway 129, 411 and 321, as well as State Route I-140, 33 and 95, and State Highway 73 leading directly into the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. McGhee Tyson Airport is located within the city limits of Alcoa. The facility is the principal commercial airport for East Tennessee.

The County has a population of approximately 126,339. The County seat of Maryville has a population of 27,992. The City of Alcoa, formerly known as North Maryville and named after one of our largest employers, Alcoa, Inc.,  has a population of 8,640.