Mascot, Tennessee

Mascot, Tennessee
Mascot, Tennessee
—  CDP  —
Mascot, Tennessee is located in Tennessee
Mascot, Tennessee
Location within the state of Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°4′2″N 83°45′17″W / 36.06722°N 83.75472°W / 36.06722; -83.75472Coordinates: 36°4′2″N 83°45′17″W / 36.06722°N 83.75472°W / 36.06722; -83.75472
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Knox
 – Total 7.1 sq mi (18.4 km2)
 – Land 7.0 sq mi (18.0 km2)
 – Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 863 ft (263 m)
Population (2000)
 – Total 2,119
 – Density 304.7/sq mi (117.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 – Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 37806
Area code(s) 865
FIPS code 47-46400[1]
GNIS feature ID 1314139[2]

Mascot is a census-designated place (CDP) in Knox County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,119 at the 2000 census.

Mascot is the site of an underground zinc mine.[3]



Early 19th-century settlement in the Mascot area may have centered around a ford across the Holston River that was known as Saylor's Ford. In 1884 a railroad line was constructed through the area and a post office was established under the name "Meek," apparently the surname of a local family. [4]

The Mascot community was formed in the early 20th century as a company town centered on the mine.[5] The Holston Zinc Company established a mine locally in 1906, but some mining may have occurred earlier. The "Mascot" name is recorded from as early as 1904. Some suggest the community's name comes from an acronym for "Mining and Smelting Company of Tennessee," while others suggest it was the name of woman's lost cat.[4]


Mascot is located at 36°4′2″N 83°45′17″W / 36.06722°N 83.75472°W / 36.06722; -83.75472 (36.067257, -83.754678)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.1 square miles (18 km2), of which, 6.9 square miles (18 km2) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) of it (2.39%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,119 people, 877 households, and 612 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 304.7 people per square mile (117.7/km²). There were 934 housing units at an average density of 134.3/sq mi (51.9/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.89% White, 2.41% African American, 0.57% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.47% from other races, and 0.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.47% of the population.

There were 877 households out of which 29.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.2% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 30.0% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $29,717, and the median income for a family was $36,705. Males had a median income of $25,888 versus $21,032 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,717. About 2.7% of families and 6.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.4% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Michael Silence, State zinc mining grows, Knoxville News-Sentinel, July 19, 2007
  4. ^ a b Jim Matheny, "Why Do They Call It That? Mascot.", 15 October 2010. Retrieved: 4 February 2011.
  5. ^ James D. Norris, 1969, AZn: A History of the American Zinc Company, Wisconsin State Historical Society
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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