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"America's Secret City"

Oak Ridge is a city in Anderson County, in the Knoxville metro area. (The community straddles Anderson and Roane counties; ePodunk links to the county with the greater share of population.)

The community was named for the oak trees growing upland

The latitude of Oak Ridge is 36.010N. The longitude is -84.269W.

It is in the Eastern Standard time zone. Elevation is 850 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 27,338.


INCOME SNAPSHOT
Median household income
Local
$41,950
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Oak Ridge demographic reports
Oak Ridge is on the Clinch River, in the Cumberland Mountains
Site was chosen by the federal government in 1942 for production of uranium for the atomic bomb; opened to the public in 1949
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 163. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 5.9 per 1,000 people.
Ranked No. 2 in the state, June 2001, in the ePodunk Historic Small Towns Index
Well-known residents have included:
· William M. Shepherd, astronaut
Coffee: National and regional coffee companies with outlets here include Panera Bread, Starbucks
Local festivals include:
  • International Festival - Feb. 3, 2007
  • Spring Jamboree - April 11-15, 2007
  • Secret City Film Festival - Oct. 5-7, 2007
Dates often change. Check Oak Ridge web sites and events links in the sections below.
Oak Ridge attractions: University of Tennessee Arboretum
Historic sites and museums: American Museum of Science and Energy, Children's Museum of Oak Ridge, Historic Graphite Reactor, Jackson Square Historic Park
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was above the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Oak Ridge demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Anderson County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Knoxville area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 37763 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

12% of Oak Ridge residents report German ancestry, and 12% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Oak Ridge ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Oak Ridge was $24,793, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

38% of Oak Ridge residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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History

Historic districts in Oak Ridge include Oak Ridge Historic District, Woodland - Scarboro Historic District ... View historic districts

Housing & real estate

Median rent in Oak Ridge, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $398.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $943.


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Libraries

Libraries in Oak Ridge include Oak Ridge Public Library ... View libraries

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Media outlets

Newspapers in Oak Ridge include Oak Ridge Observer, Oak Ridger

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Politics

Anderson County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Oak Ridge political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Oak Ridge workers is 19 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Oak Ridge between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 3.3 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was lower than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Oak Ridge include Comfort Inn Oak Ridge, Days Inn, Econo Lodge Oak Ridge, Jameson Inn, Super 8.

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