Centerville, Tennessee

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Centerville, Tennessee
Centerville Town Square
Centerville Town Square
Location in Hickman County, Tennessee
Location in Hickman County, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°47′18″N 87°27′21″W / 35.78833°N 87.45583°W / 35.78833; -87.45583
CountryUnited States
 • Total11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Land11.3 sq mi (29.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
623 ft (190 m)
 • Total3,644
 • Estimate 
 • Density322/sq mi (124.4/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)931
FIPS code47-12420[2]
GNIS feature ID1280155[3]

Centerville is a town in Hickman County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,644 at the 2010 census.[4] It is the county seat, and the only incorporated city or town in Hickman County.[5] It is probably best known for being the hometown of country comedian Minnie Pearl.


Centerville sits at the center of Hickman County, in the valley of the Duck River, a west-flowing tributary of the Tennessee River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.3 square miles (29.3 km2), all of it recorded as land.[6]


Tennessee State Route 100 is the main road running the length of the town. It leads northeast 55 miles (89 km) to Nashville, the state capital, and southwest 28 miles (45 km) to Linden. Tennessee State Route 50 passes through the southern part of Centerville, leading northwest 17 miles (27 km) to Interstate 40 (via exit 148) near Only and southeast 30 miles (48 km) to Columbia. The town limits extend north 5 miles (8 km) from the town center along SR 100 to the formerly unincorporated community of Fairfield, where State Route 48 leads northwest 15 miles (24 km) to Interstate 40 at Exit 163.

Centerville and Hickman County are served by Centerville Municipal Airport (IATA code GHM), a city-owned public-use airport located three miles (5 km) north of downtown.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20183,569[1]−2.1%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 3,793 people, 1,563 households, and 997 families residing in the town. The population density was 348.4 people per square mile (134.5/km²). There were 1,688 housing units at an average density of 155.0 per square mile (59.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.51% White, 4.77% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.03% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.90% of the population.

There were 1,563 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town, the population was spread out with 21.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 25.3% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $24,824, and the median income for a family was $35,448. Males had a median income of $29,693 versus $20,688 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,947. About 15.1% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.1% of those under age 18 and 21.6% of those age 65 or over.


Centerville is governed by a mayor, vice mayor, and a board of 10 aldermen. It uses the council-manager government style of government. The mayor is elected to a four-year term. Each alderman represents one of five wards and is elected to a four-year term. Aldermen elections are staggered every two years, with one alderman from each ward being elected in each election. The vice mayor is selected from the board of aldermen.

The current mayor is Gary Jacobs. The current vice mayor is Mike Elkins. The current Board of Aldermen consists of:

Ward Alderman Alderman
1 David Dansby (2017) David Epley (2015)
2 James P. "Jim" Herron (2017) Lonnie Horner (2015)
3 Mike Elkins* (2017) Joseph Hunt (2015)
4 Wayne Prince (2017) Derek Newsom (2015)
5 Steven Clickenbeard (2017) Glenn Mays (2015)

* designates vice mayor. Term expiration dates in parenthesis. [9]

Notable people[edit]

Notable people who were born in Centerville or lived in the community include:


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Centerville has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved August 3, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Certified Population of Tennessee Incorporated Municipalities and Counties Archived 2014-06-30 at the Wayback Machine, State of Tennessee official website, 14 July 2011. Retrieved: 6 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  6. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Centerville town, Tennessee". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2006-02-08. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  8. ^ "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 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  9. ^ "Town of Centerville". Centerville, Tennessee. Retrieved 2015-06-16.
  10. ^ Kevin Max Bought the Farm (And You Can Rent It!)
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Climate Summary for Centerville, Tennessee

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Coordinates: 35°47′18″N 87°27′21″W / 35.788218°N 87.45589°W / 35.788218; -87.45589