Mountain City is a town in and the county seat of Johnson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,383 at the 2000 census and 2,531 at the 2010 census. It is the northeasternmost county seat in Tennessee. In addition, at an elevation of 2,418 feet (737 m), it has the distinction of being the highest incorporated city in the state.

Geography

Mountain City is located at 36°28′6″N 81°48′14″W (36.468444, -81.803856). According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.3 square miles (8.6 km²), all land. At just over 2,400 feet (730 m), Mountain City is situated in one of the highest valleys in the state of Tennessee. Doe Mountain rises to the southwest, Forge Mountain rises to the east, and the Iron Mountains rise prominently to the north.

Demographics

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,415 people, 873 households, and 458 families residing in the town. As of the census of 2000, there were 1,136 households, and 664 families residing in the town. The population density was 720.8 people per square mile (278.0/km²). There were 1,250 housing units at an average density of 378.1 per square mile (145.8/km²).

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