Crockett County, Tennessee

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Crockett County
Crockett County Courthouse in Alamo
Crockett County Courthouse in Alamo
Map of Tennessee highlighting Crockett County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°49′N 89°08′W / 35.81°N 89.13°W / 35.81; -89.13
Country United States
State Tennessee
Founded1871
Named forDavy Crockett[2]
SeatAlamo
Largest townBells
Area
 • Total266 sq mi (690 km2)
 • Land266 sq mi (690 km2)
 • Water0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.08%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total13,911 Decrease[1]
 • Density54/sq mi (21/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district8th

Crockett County is located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2020 census, the population was 13,911.[3] Its county seat is Alamo.[4] Crockett County is included in the Jackson, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Crockett County was formed in 1871 from portions of Haywood, Madison, Dyer and Gibson counties. It is named in honor of David Crockett (1786–1836), frontier humorist, soldier, Tennessee state legislator and U.S. congressman, and defender of the Alamo.[2][5]

In 1876, in what apparently was a political rivalry gone bad,[6] Crockett County Sheriff R. G. Harris and 19 other unidentified men removed four black men from the county jail and beat them, killing one of them. The sheriff was arrested.[7] In United States v. Harris (1883), the Supreme Court ruled that the Sheriff could not be prosecuted under federal law.[8] https://www.genealogy.com/forum/surnames/topics/wells/9856/

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 266 square miles (690 km2), of which 266 square miles (690 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.08%) is water.[9]

Adjacent counties[edit]

State protected areas[edit]

  • Horns Bluff Refuge (part)

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
188014,109
189015,1467.3%
190015,8674.8%
191016,0761.3%
192017,4388.5%
193017,359−0.5%
194017,330−0.2%
195016,624−4.1%
196014,594−12.2%
197014,402−1.3%
198014,9413.7%
199013,378−10.5%
200014,5328.6%
201014,5860.4%
202013,911−4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]
1790-1960[11] 1900-1990[12]
1990-2000[13] 2010-2014[3]
Age pyramid Crockett County[14]

2020 census[edit]

Crockett County racial composition[15]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 10,056 72.29%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,879 13.51%
Native American 19 0.14%
Asian 25 0.18%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 433 3.11%
Hispanic or Latino 1,498 10.77%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 13,911 people, 5,491 households, and 3,700 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[16] of 2000, there were 14,532 people, 5,632 households, and 4,066 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km2). There were 6,138 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 81.96% White, 14.37% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 2.79% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 5.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,632 households, out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.40% were married couples living together, 11.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 25.30% 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 2.53 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.10% under the age of 18, 8.10% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 22.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,015, and the median income for a family was $36,713. Males had a median income of $27,436 versus $21,073 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,600. About 13.20% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 17.90% of those age 65 or over.

Media[edit]

Radio[edit]

  • WTJS Good News 93.1 - WTJS - Alamo - Contemporary Christian Music

Newspaper[edit]

The Crockett Times is the paper of record in Crockett County, Tennessee. Locally owned and operated, The Times publishes articles on Crockett County communities of Alamo, Bells, Crockett Mills, Friendship, Gadsden and Maury City, as well as surrounding areas. The Times also publicizes legal notices such as notice to creditors, foreclosure notices, adoption notices, and beer permits. The newspaper is published once a week on Thursday. The Times began publishing in 1873 as the Crockett County Sentinel. In 1933, The Sentinel merged with two other newspapers and was renamed the Crockett Times.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Points of interest[edit]

Politics[edit]

United States presidential election results for Crockett County, Tennessee[17]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,673 76.43% 1,382 22.60% 59 0.96%
2016 3,982 73.78% 1,303 24.14% 112 2.08%
2012 3,783 68.81% 1,669 30.36% 46 0.84%
2008 3,994 66.16% 1,967 32.58% 76 1.26%
2004 3,242 56.66% 2,459 42.97% 21 0.37%
2000 2,676 49.19% 2,705 49.72% 59 1.08%
1996 1,872 43.11% 2,256 51.96% 214 4.93%
1992 2,180 40.69% 2,657 49.60% 520 9.71%
1988 2,214 55.77% 1,742 43.88% 14 0.35%
1984 2,479 55.97% 1,937 43.73% 13 0.29%
1980 2,117 46.14% 2,422 52.79% 49 1.07%
1976 1,694 36.07% 2,963 63.08% 40 0.85%
1972 2,642 75.40% 735 20.98% 127 3.62%
1968 932 20.71% 703 15.62% 2,865 63.67%
1964 1,873 50.76% 1,817 49.24% 0 0.00%
1960 1,467 48.69% 1,438 47.73% 108 3.58%
1956 1,026 33.02% 1,964 63.21% 117 3.77%
1952 1,343 38.27% 2,155 61.41% 11 0.31%
1948 601 22.77% 1,415 53.60% 624 23.64%
1944 782 35.35% 1,421 64.24% 9 0.41%
1940 733 26.27% 2,048 73.41% 9 0.32%
1936 525 21.43% 1,921 78.41% 4 0.16%
1932 513 20.79% 1,934 78.39% 20 0.81%
1928 710 48.66% 749 51.34% 0 0.00%
1924 587 33.07% 1,168 65.80% 20 1.13%
1920 2,326 50.81% 2,252 49.19% 0 0.00%
1916 1,144 41.57% 1,608 58.43% 0 0.00%
1912 852 31.73% 1,297 48.31% 536 19.96%


From 1960 to 2000, Crockett was a swing county; since 2004 it has been trending increasingly Republican.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Crockett County, Tennessee". Archived from the original on January 16, 2019. Retrieved May 7, 2018.
  2. ^ a b Annie Laurie James, "Crockett County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 25 June 2013.
  3. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on December 24, 2015. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 96.
  6. ^ https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/data/batches/tu_chet_ver01/data/sn83045160/00200293149/1876081501/0145.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  7. ^ https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/data/batches/tu_brownie_ver01/data/sn85033673/00280779441/1876082301/0798.pdf[bare URL PDF]
  8. ^ U.S. v. HARRIS, 106 U.S. 629 (1883), Findlaw.com. Retrieved: 25 June 2013.
  9. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  10. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  11. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  12. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  13. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  14. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  16. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.
  17. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 10, 2018.

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Coordinates: 35°49′N 89°08′W / 35.81°N 89.13°W / 35.81; -89.13