Etowah is a city in McMinn County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,663 at the 2000 census. As of the census of 2000, there were 3,663 people, 1,545 households, and 979 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,321.8 people per square mile (510.6/km²). There were 1,769 housing units at an average density of 638.4 per square mile (246.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.42% White, 3.25% African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.13% of the population.
The city includes two K-8 elementary schools located within blocks of each other. Which now also include a Headstart and Pre-K. Mountain View Elementary is part of the McMinn County School System. The other, Etowah City School, is administered by the city of Etowah. The Etowah area high school students are able to attend one of the finest high schools in the state. McMinn Central High School offers countless academic and social opportunities to help young men and women become the leaders of our community tomorrow.
The Historic L&N Depot museum in downtown Etowah is considered by many to be the main attraction in this small town. The historically African-American "Parkstown" neighborhood on the south side of Etowah has also seen renewed interest from tourists in recent years. An obvious presence in Etowah is the Gem Theater. Located in a building originally built in 1927 and purchased by the city of Etowah in 1993 and now is the location of local plays, concerts, movies and other events.