|— City —|
|Named for||Kazimierz Pułaski|
|• Total||6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)|
|• Land||6.6 sq mi (17.0 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||699 ft (213 m)|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi ( 460/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1298659|
Pulaski is a city in Giles County, Tennessee. The population was 7,870 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Giles County. It was named to honor the Polish-born American Revolutionary War hero Kazimierz Pułaski. Pulaski is most well known for being the birthplace of the Ku Klux Klan. It is also home of the semi-annual Diana Singing, sponsored by the Churches of Christ, which attracts over 3,000 people to the town in June and September.
Pulaski is located at (35.195786, -87.034328).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), all land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,871 people, 3,455 households, and 2,038 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,200.8 people per square mile (464.0/km2). There were 3,888 housing units at an average density of 593.2 per square mile (229.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 70.40% White, 27.06% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 1.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.11% of the population.
There were 3,455 households out of which 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.7% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.0% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the city the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 82.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $27,459, and the median income for a family was $37,219. Males had a median income of $30,400 versus $21,714 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,751. About 12.7% of families and 18.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.1% of those under age 18 and 17.1% of those age 65 or over.
Pulaski was founded in 1809. The vicinity of Pulaski was the site of a number of skirmishes during the Franklin–Nashville Campaign of the Civil War. In 1863, Confederate Sam Davis was hanged in Pulaski by the Union Army for espionage.
In 1865, during the early days of the Reconstruction Era, the city became the birthplace of the first Ku Klux Klan, founded by six Tennessee veterans of the Confederate Army. John C. Lester, John B. Kennedy, James R. Crowe, Frank O. McCord, Richard R. Reed, and J. Calvin Jones established the KKK in Pulaski on December 25, 1865. As a protest against the KKK, the original plaque which commemorates its foundation is placed upside down.
Martin Methodist College was founded in Pulaski in 1870.
Pulaski is home to former University of Tennessee Volunteers forward, Tyler Smith. He was an NBA prospect before his dismissal from the team. Since 2010, he plays basketball professionally in Europe.
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