Humboldt, Tennessee

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Humboldt, Tennessee
City
Location of Humboldt, Tennessee
Location of Humboldt, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°49′21″N 88°54′40″W / 35.82250°N 88.91111°W / 35.82250; -88.91111Coordinates: 35°49′21″N 88°54′40″W / 35.82250°N 88.91111°W / 35.82250; -88.91111
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Gibson, Madison
Area
 • Total 9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Land 9.7 sq mi (25.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 364 ft (111 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,452
 • Density 870/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38343
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-36460[1]
GNIS feature ID 1288697[2]
Website http://www.humboldttnchamber.org/

Humboldt is a city in Gibson and Madison counties, Tennessee. The population was 8,452 at the 2010 census, a decline of 1,015 from 2000. It is the principal city of and is included in the Humboldt, Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is included in the Jackson, Tennessee-Humboldt, Tennessee Combined Statistical Area. It is Gibson County's largest city.[citation needed]

History[edit]

The first settlers of what would become Humboldt, began moving into the area in the mid 1850s. The town was a Railroad town. It's history begins with the Crossing of the Mobile & Ohio and the Memphis & Ohio (later L&N) Railroads. This was completed in 1859. The town wasn't chartered until after the Civil War in 1866. (Source: www.humboldthistorical.com)

Downtown Humboldt in 1901

The city is named for German naturalist Alexander von Humboldt.[3]

Geography[edit]

Humboldt is located at 35°49′21″N 88°54′40″W / 35.822564°N 88.911138°W / 35.822564; -88.911138 (35.822564, -88.911138).[4] Most of the city lies in Gibson County, with only a small portion extending into Madison County. In the 2000 census, 9,442 of the city's 9,467 residents (99.7%) lived in Gibson County and 25 (0.3%) in Madison County.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 9.7 square miles (25.0 km2), of which 9.7 square miles (25.0 km2) is land and 0.10% is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,837
1900 2,866 56.0%
1910 3,440 20.0%
1920 3,913 13.8%
1930 4,613 17.9%
1940 5,160 11.9%
1950 7,426 43.9%
1960 8,482 14.2%
1970 10,066 18.7%
1980 10,209 1.4%
1990 9,651 −5.5%
2000 9,467 −1.9%
2010 8,452 −10.7%
Est. 2012 8,454 0.0%
Sources:[6][7]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,467 people, 3,864 households, and 2,538 families residing in the city. The population density was 980.0 people per square mile (378.4/km2). There were 4,243 housing units at an average density of 439.2 per square mile (169.6/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.06% White, 43.00% African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 1.00% from other races, and 0.61% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 3,864 households out of which 28.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.4% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 24.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 20.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 86.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $26,351, and the median income for a family was $32,845. Males had a median income of $30,848 versus $20,890 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,433. About 16.1% of families and 18.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.8% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by relatively high temperatures and evenly distributed precipitation throughout the year. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Humboldt has a Humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[8]

Climate data for Humboldt, Tennessee
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 10
(50)
12
(53)
16
(61)
22
(72)
27
(80)
31
(88)
33
(91)
33
(91)
29
(85)
24
(75)
16
(61)
11
(52)
22
(71.6)
Average low °C (°F) −1
(31)
1
(33)
4
(39)
9
(49)
14
(57)
18
(65)
20
(68)
19
(67)
16
(60)
9
(48)
3
(38)
1
(33)
9.4
(49)
Precipitation mm (inches) 163
(6.4)
122
(4.8)
135
(5.3)
114
(4.5)
100
(4)
107
(4.2)
117
(4.6)
86
(3.4)
86
(3.4)
66
(2.6)
109
(4.3)
112
(4.4)
1,317
(51.9)
Source: Weatherbase [9]

Transportation[edit]

Road[edit]

U.S. Route 79 and U.S. Route 45W intersect in Humboldt. Interstate 40 is about 13 miles (21 km) away in Jackson, and Interstate 155 is about 36 miles (58 km) away in Dyersburg.

Air[edit]

The city-owned Humboldt Municipal Airport is located in Gibson County. The nearest airports with regularly scheduled commercial service are Memphis International, about 90 miles (140 km) away, and Nashville International, about 150 miles (240 km) away.

Rail[edit]

The Newbern–Dyersburg train station is about 36 miles (58 km) away in Newbern, and Memphis Central Station is about 90 miles (140 km) away.

Media[edit]

Cable[edit]

Cable TV is supplied through a locally owned business called Infostructure Inc.

Newspaper[edit]

The local newspaper is called the Humboldt Chronicle(http://hchronicle.net).

Television[edit]

W45CK Channel 45 is a Unity Broadcasting Network station.

Radio[edit]

WDVW 105.3 "The Dove" - Contemporary Christian Music. www.gracebroadcasting.com

WJPJ AM 1190

WIRJ AM 740

Special events[edit]

Since 1934, the city has hosted the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, held the first full week of May.

Notable people[edit]

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