Newport Real Estate
Located in Cocke County, TN, Newport is a small, historic town in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains.
Along with the mountains, Newport is situated next to the Pigeon River and is at the northeastern point of Douglas Lake. Newport can be traveled to by many highways including Interstate 40, U.S. Route 321, and U.S. Route 70. With only a little over 7,000 residents, Newport is a small city that is rich with culture and history.
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In 2000, there were 7,242 people residing in the Newport, TN. The racial demographic of the city was 92.07% White, 5.36% African American, 1.31% Hispanic or Latino, 0.51% Native American, 0.23% Asian. Newport has 3,203 households and 27.1% households had children under the age of 18 living with them. There were 37.7% households who were married couples living together and 18.8% had a single female householder. Also, 36% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had a person who was 65 years of age or older.
The age range for Newport consisted of 22.7% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 17.1% were 65 years of age or older. The median age for Newport was 38 years. The ratio of females to males was 100 to 85, and for females of and over the age of 18 was 100 to 81.
For a household in the city, the average income was $20,539, and the average income for a family was $26,791. Malesí median income was $25,692, while femalesí was $20,165. The per capita income for the Newport was $12,870. An estimate of 24.1% of families and 29.1% of the population were below the poverty line. The ages of people below the poverty line include 40.8% under the age of 18 and 18.7% were 65 or over.
Due to poor farmland and soil in Newport, TN, farmers had to get creative in order to find a way to make ends meet. One way farmers earned a living was by setting aside their corn crop to produce moonshine. Once the Prohibition began in the 1920ís, Newport was meeting the demands of consumers who were willing to pay for illegal liquor. Throughout the 1920ís and 1960ís, Newport became very well known in the Southeast for their liquor production. The generations of knowledge on making moonshine and the ideal location of isolated woods and hollows was the perfect combination for Newport to develop a booming business for distilling and selling moonshine. Over time, law enforcement became stricter with the distribution of illegal liquor, and Newport was under close watch for illegal activity.
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