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Welcome to Oak Ridge ...

The city of Oak Ridge is primarily located in Anderson County. A portion of Oak Ridge extends into Roane County.

The location of Oak Ridge has been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (ie- the GNIS).<1>

When the people of Oak Ridge refer to themselves (known as a demonym), they frequently use Oak Ridger<2>

A typical abbreviation for Oak Ridge: Oak Rdg. (or less commonly used: Oak Rdge. or Oak Ridg.)

From the  Census Estimates for 2018, Oak Ridge has a population of 29,109 people<3> (see below for details).

Oak Ridge was established in 1942.

The community of Oak Ridge is 910 feet [277 m] above sea level.<4>.

Time Zone: Oak Ridge lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Oak Ridge (for example, toward Rogers), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The area code for Oak Ridge: (865)

Population Details ...

At the time of the 2010 Census, Oak Ridge had a population of 29,330 people (or 39.04% of the total population of Anderson County). This makes Oak Ridge the county's most populous community.

The population of Oak Ridge represents 0.46% of the population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's 22nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 29,330 people, the population of Oak Ridge increased 7.09% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 27,387 people).

Taken from the 2018 Census Estimates, Oak Ridge had an population of 29,109 people. This is a decrease of 0.75% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 6.29% since the 2000 Census).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Oak Ridge.

Communities Also Named Oak Ridge ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are 72 communities that are also named Oak Ridge - they are located in Alabama (4), Arizona, Arkansas, Florida (2), Georgia (4), Illinois (2), Indiana, Kansas (2), Kentucky (4), Louisiana (4), Maine, Maryland (3), Michigan, Mississippi (2), Missouri (6), New Jersey (2), New York, North Carolina (4), Ohio (3), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (4), South Carolina (3), Texas (8), Virginia (6) and West Virginia (2).

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Oak Ridge.

Websites for Oak Ridge ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Our Genealogy Helper Page ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

  • We have a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Oak Ridge. If available, we provide a satellite view of the cemetery.
  • Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Oak Ridge. Our list includes information such as whether the community had a post office or railroad service in 1895.
  • We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Oak Ridge. Our list includes 5 papers.

These sections can be found on our Genealogy Helper Page for Oak Ridge:

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Oak Ridge ...

Looking for more information about Oak Ridge? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Oak Ridge, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Oak Ridge.

Communities near Oak Ridge ...

A sample of nearby communities can be found below.

Fraterville   [Map]

Lies 17 miles [27.4 km]<5> to the North (N) of Oak Ridge

Farragut   [Map]

Lies 8 miles [12.9 km] to the Southeast (SE) of Oak Ridge

Located in Knox County

Spring Hill   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the East (E) of Oak Ridge

McMullens   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the South (S) of Oak Ridge

Located in Blount County

College Grove   [Map]

Lies 18 miles [29 km] to the West (W) of Oak Ridge

Located in Roane County

Clinton   [Map]

Lies 12 miles [19.3 km] to the Northeast (NE) of Oak Ridge

Lenoir City   [Map]

Lies 10 miles [16.1 km] to the South (S) of Oak Ridge

Located in Loudon County

Aldenwood Park   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the East (E) of Oak Ridge

Located in Knox County

Harriman   [Map]

Lies 15 miles [24.1 km] to the West (W) of Oak Ridge

Located in Morgan County

Kingston   [Map]

Lies 13 miles [20.9 km] to the Southwest (SW) of Oak Ridge

Located in Roane County

To learn more about neighboring communities and counties, please visit the Nearby Page for Oak Ridge.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in Tennessee

About Anderson County

About Tennessee

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Oak Ridge:

The official website for State of Tennessee:

Footnotes ...

<1>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.

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<2>A demonym is the name for a resident of a community which is usually derived from (or is related to) the name of that community. In other words, it's how the residents of Oak Ridge refer to themselves. It's important to note that there aren't any rules for taking a city's name and turning it into a demonym. A demonym is informal and while the majority of Oak Ridge may use one name, keep in mind that others may use something different.

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<3>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Oak Ridge.

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<4>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Oak Ridge - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.

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<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- Oak Ridge) to Point B.

If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Oak Ridge. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Oak Ridge

Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Oak Ridge. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.9640, Longitude: -84.2937     [Map].   In this case, the coordinates for Oak Ridge have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).

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