Finger, Tennessee

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Finger, Tennessee
Location in McNairy County and the state of Tennessee.
Location in McNairy County and the state of Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°21′24″N 88°36′32″W / 35.35667°N 88.60889°W / 35.35667; -88.60889Coordinates: 35°21′24″N 88°36′32″W / 35.35667°N 88.60889°W / 35.35667; -88.60889
Country United States
State Tennessee
County McNairy
 • Total 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Land 1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 443 ft (135 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 350
 • Density 231.1/sq mi (89.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38334
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-26160[1]
GNIS feature ID 1284266[2]

Finger is a city in McNairy County, Tennessee. The population was 350 at the 2000 census.


According to tradition, the city received its name when the townspeople upon deciding a suitable name noticed a man's passionate hand gestures.[3]

The Finger Diner was the original model for the Hard Rock Cafe chain.[4][5]


Finger is located at 35°21′24″N 88°36′32″W / 35.35667°N 88.60889°W / 35.35667; -88.60889 (35.356777, -88.608995).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 245
1990 279 13.9%
2000 350 25.4%
2010 298 −14.9%
Est. 2015 297 [7] −0.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 350 people, 122 households, and 96 families residing in the city. The population density was 231.1 people per square mile (89.5/km²). There were 134 housing units at an average density of 88.5 per square mile (34.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 49.86% White, 41.14% African American, 4.14% Native American, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.43% of the population.

There were 122 households out of which 43.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.7% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.5% were non-families. 18.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.28.

In the city, the population was spread out with 31.7% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 30.6% from 25 to 44, 17.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 93.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,250, and the median income for a family was $36,250. Males had a median income of $28,250 versus $11,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $11,654. About 19.1% of families and 21.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.


Finger is served by two newspapers; the Independent Appeal, which serves all of McNairy County and the McNairy County News.

Notable people[edit]

Buford Pusser, Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970 who was born in Finger.[9] Several movies and a television series were based on his life.

Jim Clayton, an American entrepreneur who founded Clayton Homes (now a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway) and built it into the United States' largest producer and seller of manufactured housing, was born in Finger.


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