Silerton, Tennessee

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Silerton, Tennessee
Location in Hardeman County and the state of Tennessee.
Location in Hardeman County and the state of Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194Coordinates: 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Hardeman, Chester
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 449 ft (137 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 111
 • Density 280/sq mi (110/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38377
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-68560[1]
GNIS feature ID 1303620[2]

Silerton is a town in Chester and Hardeman counties in the western part of Tennessee. The population was 111 at the 2010 census. Silerton is the smallest incorporated town in Hardeman County.[3]


In 1869 Jesse, Spencer, Horace and Jame Siler, sons of Solomon Siler, and John, Josiah, James and Edward Siler, the sons of James Siler, purchased the land after moving from Siler City, North Carolina. There they raised their families, many of whom are still related to Silerton residents today. With the arrival of the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad in 1917, Silerton became a railroad town. The depot would be named after the Siler family, many of whom maintained important businesses in the area. Eventually the town's name would be changed to Silerton to avoid confusion with the nearby town of Serles. The town would also grow into a venue for the timber trade.[3] In 1923 Silerton was incorporated as a municipality by a private act of the state legislature.[4]


Silerton is located at 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194 (35.339926, -88.801872).[5] The municipality spans the boundaries of Hardeman and Chester counties.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 88
1940 291 230.7%
1950 121 −58.4%
1960 84 −30.6%
1970 88 4.8%
1980 100 13.6%
1990 59 −41.0%
2000 60 1.7%
2010 111 85.0%
Est. 2012 107 −3.6%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 60 people, 28 households, and 15 families residing in the town. The population density was 149.4 people per square mile (57.9/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 84.7 per square mile (32.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100% White.

There were 28 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,083, and the median income for a family was $25,417. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $12,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,571. There were 33.3% of families and 19.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 28.6% of under eighteens and 30.8% of those over 64.

Arts and culture[edit]

Silerton hosts two annual events: Fourth of July Celebration and a Children's Christmas Parade in December.[3]


Silerton is governed by a mayor and four aldermen, whom are elected every four years.[3]


  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. ^ a b c d "Silerton". Cities & Towns. Hardeman, Tennessee. 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011. 
  4. ^ Tennessee Blue Book
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04. 
  7. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013.