Weakley County, Tennessee

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Weakley County, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Weakley County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded October 21, 1823
Named for Robert Weakley[1]
Seat Dresden
Largest city Martin
Area
 • Total 582 sq mi (1,507 km2)
 • Land 580 sq mi (1,503 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2), .28%
Population
 • (2010) 35,021
 • Density 60/sq mi (23/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.weakleycountytn.gov

Weakley County is a county located in the northwest of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,021.[2] Its county seat is Dresden.[3] Its largest city is Martin, the home of the University of Tennessee at Martin. It was established by the Tennessee General Assembly on October 21, 1823, and is named for U. S. Congressman Robert Weakley (1764–1845).

History[edit]

Weakley County was established in 1823. The county was the state's largest corn producer during the 19th century, though soybeans became the county's leading crop in the latter half of the 20th century.[1]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 580 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water.[4] The North Fork of the Obion River flows through the northern half of the county, the Middle Fork flows across the central portion of the county, and the South Fork flows across the southern part of the county. The Obion is a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Adjacent counties[edit]

State protected areas[edit]

  • Bean Switch Refuge
  • Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area
  • Big Cypress Tree State Park
  • Harts Mill Wetland Wildlife Management Area (part)
  • Obion River Wildlife Management Area (part)

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,797
1840 9,870 105.8%
1850 14,608 48.0%
1860 18,216 24.7%
1870 20,755 13.9%
1880 24,538 18.2%
1890 28,955 18.0%
1900 32,546 12.4%
1910 31,929 −1.9%
1920 31,053 −2.7%
1930 29,262 −5.8%
1940 29,498 0.8%
1950 27,962 −5.2%
1960 24,227 −13.4%
1970 28,827 19.0%
1980 32,896 14.1%
1990 31,972 −2.8%
2000 34,895 9.1%
2010 35,021 0.4%
Est. 2012 34,793 −0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[2]
Age pyramid Weakley County[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 34,895 people, 13,599 households, and 9,124 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 14,928 housing units at an average density of 26 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.27% White, 6.95% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.32% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.52% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 1.15% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,599 households out of which 29.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.90% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.89.

The population was spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 15.90% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 94.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,008, and the median income for a family was $38,658. Males had a median income of $28,597 versus $20,845 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,408. About 11.10% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.80% of those under age 18 and 16.20% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Virginia Clark Vaughan, "Weakley County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved December 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ Dresden Enterprise official site. Retrieved: 24 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 36°17′N 88°43′W / 36.29°N 88.72°W / 36.29; -88.72