Trenton, Tennessee

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Trenton, Tennessee
City
Motto: A tea-rrific place to live!
Location of Trenton, Tennessee
Location of Trenton, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°58′25″N 88°56′30″W / 35.97361°N 88.94167°W / 35.97361; -88.94167Coordinates: 35°58′25″N 88°56′30″W / 35.97361°N 88.94167°W / 35.97361; -88.94167
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Gibson
Established 1824
Incorporated 1847
Named for Trenton, New Jersey[1]
Government
 • Mayor Tony Burriss (2007- )
Area
 • Total 5.6 sq mi (14.4 km2)
 • Land 5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 331 ft (101 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 4,264
 • Density 760/sq mi (300/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38382
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-75000[2]
GNIS feature ID 1304159[3]
Website trentontn.net

Trenton is a city in Gibson County, Tennessee. The population was 4,264 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Gibson County,[4] and its third largest city.

Geography[edit]

Trenton is located at 35°58′25″N 88°56′30″W / 35.97361°N 88.94167°W / 35.97361; -88.94167 (35.973627, -88.941569).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.6 square miles (15 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) (0.90%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 694
1860 1,908 174.9%
1870 1,909 0.1%
1880 1,383 −27.6%
1890 1,693 22.4%
1900 2,328 37.5%
1910 2,402 3.2%
1920 2,751 14.5%
1930 2,892 5.1%
1940 3,400 17.6%
1950 3,868 13.8%
1960 4,225 9.2%
1970 4,226 0.0%
1980 4,601 8.9%
1990 4,836 5.1%
2000 4,683 −3.2%
2010 4,264 −8.9%
Est. 2012 4,212 −1.2%
Sources:[6][7]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 4,683 people, 1,919 households, and 1,207 families residing in the city. The population density was 847.3 people per square mile (327.0/km²). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 378.2 per square mile (145.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 65.17% White, 32.67% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 1,919 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,535, and the median income for a family was $39,630. Males had a median income of $29,675 versus $20,801 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,225. About 12.9% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.

Culture[edit]

The Gibson County Electric Membership Corporation which still serves Trenton, in 1940

Trenton is most famous for its collection of rare antique porcelain veilleuses, donated by the late Dr. Frederick C. Freed in 1955.[8] The teapots are unique because the candle's glow illuminates the pot's exterior, thus serving as a night light. None of the 525 teapots in this collection are alike, and some are designed as palaces or people in unique still-life castings. The town celebrates its collection with an annual "Teapot Festival" held each spring since 1981.

This is a 31mph speed limit sign from Trenton Tennessee

Trenton is also known for its unusual speed limit of 31 miles per hour (50 km/h), established by the city in the 1950s and posted by signs throughout the town.[9][10]

Nite Lite Theatre of Gibson County is a non-profit community theatre project based in Trenton, and established in 1980 with the intent of bringing theatrical presentations to Gibson and the surrounding counties. All work, with the exception of some production staff, is done on a volunteer basis. With most performances at Peabody High School, the history of Nite Lite Theatre includes performances of The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Sound of Music, and You Can't Take It With You.

Trenton is also the home of the Gibson County Saddle Club, providing emphasis to the agricultural and equestrian history of Gibson County. This non-profit organization allows for Western and English-style horsemanship, both in fellowship and training.

Notable natives[edit]

Education[edit]

Trenton Special School District operates Trenton's K-12 public schools. Peabody High School in Trenton was established in 1877.

Media[edit]

Radio Stations

  • WPOT AM 1500 Memories "Classic Southern Gospel Music"
  • WTPR-AM 710 "The Greatest Hits of All Time"

Newspapers[edit]

  • The Gazette (formerly The Herald Gazette)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gibson County: Past and Present (Turner Publishing Company, 1961), pp. 70-71.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  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. 
  8. ^ "Trenton Teapot Collection". Trenton Teapot Collection. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  9. ^ "All about Trenton". The Jackson Sun. May 26, 2006. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 
  10. ^ "City keeps speed limit a unique 31". AP at The Modesto Bee. October 4, 1977. Retrieved 2012-05-16. 

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