Finger, Tennessee

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Finger, Tennessee
SR 199 in Finger
SR 199 in Finger
Location of Finger in McNairy County, Tennessee.
Location of Finger in McNairy County, 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
CountryUnited States
 • Total1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Land1.5 sq mi (3.9 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
443 ft (135 m)
 • Total298
 • Estimate 
 • Density231.1/sq mi (89.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)731
FIPS code47-26160[1]
GNIS feature ID1284266[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, during a heated discussion over what to name the city, noticed a man's passionate hand gestures.[4] Other sources suggest the city was named for an early resident, Andrew Jackson Finger (1815–1888).[5]

The Finger Diner was the original model for the Hard Rock Cafe chain.[6][7]


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).[8] The city lies along Tennessee State Route 199 at its junction with U.S. Route 45. Henderson lies along US 45 to the north, and Selmer lies to the south.

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.
Est. 2016295[3]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

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]

  • 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.
  • Buford Pusser, Sheriff of McNairy County, Tennessee, from 1964 to 1970 who was born in Finger.[10] Several movies and a television series were based on his life.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  4. ^ Jun 9, 1971. "Some towns sure have funny names". The Miami News. pp. 4A. Retrieved 19 May 2015.
  5. ^ Larry Miller, Tennessee Place Names (Indiana University Press, 2001), pp. 76-77.
  6. ^ "Pushing Burgers," Newsweek, 4 October 1971, p. 67.
  7. ^ Jeff Whitten, "Finger Diner Basis for Iconic Hard Rock Café Design," Independent Appeal, 23 June 2013, 1, 3A.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Buford Pusser, the Man

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