Algood, Tennessee

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Algood, Tennessee
Location of Algood in Putnam County, Tennessee.
Location of Algood in Putnam County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°11′51″N 85°26′54″W / 36.19750°N 85.44833°W / 36.19750; -85.44833Coordinates: 36°11′51″N 85°26′54″W / 36.19750°N 85.44833°W / 36.19750; -85.44833[1]
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Putnam
Incorporated 1911
Named for Joel Algood
 • Total 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Land 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,112 ft (339 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,495
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 4,193
 • Density 870/sq mi (340/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code 38506
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-00640[3]
GNIS feature ID 1304798[4]

Algood is a city[5] in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,495 at the 2010 census.[6] It is part of the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


While Algood was not established until the late 19th century, in the early 19th century a small community developed just south of modern Algood at White Plains, an antebellum plantation and important stopover along the Walton Road (which connected Nashville and Knoxville).[7] In the 1880s, the Nashville & Knoxville Railroad erected a depot at what is now Algood. The land on which the depot was built was purchased from a circuit rider and early settler named Joel Algood, and thus the train stop was named after him.[8] For a period of time the area would be called Algood's Old Fields.[9] In 1899, the Algood Methodist Church (now Algood United Methodist Church) was built on land donated by the children of this early settler.[10] Algood was initially incorporated in 1901, but repealed its own charter two years later. The town reincorporated in 1911.[11]


The town is situated at the base of Algood Mountain (el. 1,456 feet (444 m)), one of a series of low, wide ridges in the area that present as "stair steps" from the Highland Rim to the Cumberland Plateau. Algood is centered along the former State Route 42 (Main Street), a state highway designation which no longer exists, just east of the road's two junctions with State Route 111.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20164,193[2]20.0%

As of the 2000 census,[3] there were 2,942 people, 1,181 households, and 792 families residing in the town. The population density was 766.9 people per square mile (295.8/km²). There were 1,263 housing units at an average density of 329.2 per square mile (127.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.13% White, 4.93% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

City of Algood Municipal Building

There were 1,181 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,205, and the median income for a family was $34,234. Males had a median income of $32,443 versus $22,872 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,478. About 12.5% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Boundary Changes". Geographic Change Notes: Tennessee. Population Division, United States Census Bureau. January 1, 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-07-31. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  7. ^ Mary Jean DeLozier, Putnam County, Tennessee, 1850–1970 (Cookeville, Tenn.: 1979), pp. 12-14.
  8. ^ DeLozier, p. 100.
  9. ^ Larry L. Miller (October 2001). Tennessee place names. Indiana University Press. p. 4. ISBN 978-0-253-21478-2. Retrieved 21 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Algood United Methodist Church — History of the Church." Retrieved: 7 January 2008.
  11. ^ DeLozier, p. 140.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  13. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 17 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.

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