Tellico Plains, TN
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Tellico Plains is a tiny town located in the state of Tennessee. With a population of 942 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Tellico Plains is the 316th largest community in Tennessee.

Tellico Plains is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Tellico Plains is a town of professionals, sales and office workers, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Tellico Plains who work in sales jobs (11.43%), healthcare (8.93%), and management occupations (7.86%).

Of important note, Tellico Plains is also a town of artists. Tellico Plains has more artists, designers and people working in media than 90% of the communities in America. This concentration of artists helps shape Tellico Plains’s character.

It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Tellico Plains has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Tellico Plains has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Tellico Plains than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Tellico Plains may be for you.

One downside of living in Tellico Plains is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Tellico Plains, the average commute to work is 31.00 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.

Being a small town, Tellico Plains does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.

In Tellico Plains, just 7.86% of people over 25 hold a college degree, which is very low compared to the rest of the nation, whereas the average among all cities is 21.84%.

The per capita income in Tellico Plains in 2010 was $14,552, which is low income relative to Tennessee and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $58,208 for a family of four. Tellico Plains also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 33.78% of its population below the federal poverty line.

The people who call Tellico Plains home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Tellico Plains residents report their race to be White, followed by Native American. Important ancestries of people in Tellico Plains include English, German, Italian, and Scots-Irish.

The most common language spoken in Tellico Plains is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.

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