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Goodlettsville, Tennessee

Coordinates: 36°19′23″N 86°42′48″W / 36.3231067°N 86.7133302°W / 36.3231067; -86.7133302
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Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Dollar General headquarters
Dollar General headquarters
Location of Goodlettsville in Davidson and Sumner Counties, Tennessee.
Location of Goodlettsville in Davidson and Sumner Counties, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°19′23″N 86°42′48″W / 36.3231067°N 86.7133302°W / 36.3231067; -86.7133302
CountryUnited States
CountiesDavidson, Sumner
 • TypeCity Manager / Commission
 • MayorRusty Tinnin
 • City ManagerTimothy J Ellis
 • Total14.57 sq mi (37.72 km2)
 • Land14.41 sq mi (37.32 km2)
 • Water0.16 sq mi (0.41 km2)
Elevation479 ft (146 m)
 • Total17,789
 • Density1,234.58/sq mi (476.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC−6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−5 (CDT)
ZIP Codes
37070, 37072
Area codeArea code 615
FIPS code47-29920[4]
GNIS feature ID1285638[2]

Goodlettsville is a city in Davidson and Sumner counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It was incorporated as a city in 1958 with a population of just over 3,000 residents; in 2020, the population was 17,789.[5] It is part of the Nashville metropolitan area.

The northern half of Goodlettsville is in Sumner County, while the southern half is in Davidson County. In 1963, when the city of Nashville merged with the government of Davidson County, Goodlettsville chose to remain autonomous. The city is home to the corporate headquarters of Dollar General and the Rivergate Mall shopping center.


Long hunter and early Middle Tennessee settler Kasper Mansker was reportedly born on an immigrant ship bound for the American colonies. Little is known about his German ancestry or his early life. Mansker began to explore the wilds of Kentucky and Tennessee with a group of long hunters in 1769. A journey taken in 1772 introduced Mansker to the rich resources of Middle Tennessee, especially what is now Sumner County and Davidson County.[6] Near a salt lick and a large creek now known as Mansker's Creek in the present-day city of Goodlettsville, Mansker established his own fortified station, Mansker's Station, in the winter of 1779–1780, which was a winter remembered for its severe temperatures.[7]

Goodlettsville was named for A. G. Goodlett, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church from 1848 to 1853.[8]

In April 1892, two daughters of the white Bruce family of Goodlettsville claimed to have been assaulted. African-American brothers Ephraim and Henry Grizzard were arrested as suspects. Henry was lynched and hanged in the town on April 24, 1892. His brother Ephraim had been jailed in Nashville for the same incident. On April 30, 1892, Ephraim Grizzard was taken from jail and lynched by a mob of 10,000 in the courthouse square. His body was taken to Goodlettsville, where it was burned.[9]

21st century[edit]

Among the industries established in Goodlettsville is a Tyson Foods plant. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread in the state and city in the spring of 2020, the Metro Health department investigated a reported cluster of COVID-19 cases in April among employees working at the plant. They worked in close quarters and had difficulty avoiding contracting the disease, especially at a time when so little was known about its transmission.[10] On April 22, 2020, 120 of the approximately 1,600 employees were confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19.[11] The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) participated in this investigation.[12] Food processing plants proved to be high-risk environments for frontline employees as the pandemic progressed, although the company instituted social distancing and other measures. By May 22, 2020, some 345 Tyson employees had contracted COVID-19 at this plant. Another nearby plant had been closed to allow deep cleaning.[12]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.3 square miles (37.1 km2), of which 14.1 square miles (36.6 km2) are land and 0.15 square miles (0.4 km2) is water.[13]


Historical population

2020 census[edit]

Goodlettsville racial composition[16]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 10,648 59.86%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,064 22.85%
Native American 38 0.21%
Asian 508 2.86%
Pacific Islander 42 0.24%
Other/Mixed 839 4.72%
Hispanic or Latino 1,650 9.28%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,789 people, 6,779 households, and 4,343 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 13,780 people, 5,601 households, and 3,825 families residing in the city. The population density was 986.5 inhabitants per square mile (380.9/km2). There were 5,853 housing units at an average density of 419.0 per square mile (161.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 86.42% White, 9.83% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.64% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 1.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,601 households, out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.7% were married couples living together, 12.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.7% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $45,690, and the median income for a family was $54,159. Males had a median income of $40,567 versus $27,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $22,946. 9.4% of the population and 7.5% of families were below the poverty line. 18.1% of those under the age of 18 and 5.1% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Local economy and attractions[edit]

Little League World Series[edit]

A little league team from Goodlettsville participated in the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. They won the United States Championship and qualified to play for the World Series title against the international champion. They were the fifth team from Tennessee to qualify in series history, and the first to play in the championship game. They lost to a team from Tokyo, Japan in the finals. They were the first Tennessee team to qualify since 1987. As tournament runners-up, they were the most successful Tennessee team since 1985. They were the first to win at least two consecutive games since 1974. And, they were the first Nashville-area team to qualify since 1970. It was only the second year for little league baseball in Goodlettsville.

In 2016, a second little league team from Goodlettsville qualified for the World Series, the eighth Tennessee team to do so. The 2016 team advanced to the United States championship game, where they lost to a team from New York. They fell one game short of the World Series championship game. The team finished fourth in the world after losing the consolation game against a team from Panama, the international runner-up.


Goodlettsville is incorporated under the City Manager/Commission charter. The Board of Commissioners is made up of five members elected at-large. The five members select a Mayor and Vice-Mayor within themselves, much like a board selects a chair and vice-chair. The current mayor is Rusty Tinnin, City Commissioners are Jimmy D. Anderson, Jennifer Duncan, Stuart Huffman and Zach Young. The Goodlettsville City Commission is elected to serve four-year, alternating terms. Elections are held every two years. Timothy "Tim" J Ellis was hired as a professional city manager, managing all day-to-day operations of the city.[17]

The city is in District 45 of the Tennessee House of Representatives,[18] represented by Rep. Johnny Garrett, Republican,[19][20] who gained national notoriety for leading the expulsion of two Democrats from the Tennessee Legislature in March–April 2023.[20][21][22]


Goodlettsville's Davidson County portion has two elementary schools and one middle school: Goodlettsville Elementary School, Gateway Elementary School, and Goodlettsville Middle School. Goodlettsville schools feed into Metro Nashville Schools' Hunters Lane cluster, meaning that students tend to move from Goodlettsville Middle School to Hunters Lane High School upon completion of 8th grade and promotion to 9th grade.

On the Sumner County side of the line, the only school within the city limits is Madison Creek Elementary School, which feeds to Hunter Middle School and Beech Senior High School in Hendersonville. A portion of the city is zoned for Millersville Elementary, which feeds White House Middle and High Schools.

Goodlettsville residents on the Sumner County side have the option of sending students to Sumner County's Merrol Hyde Magnet School, if the students meet its criteria. Furthermore, residents on the Davidson County side have the opportunity to send students to Head Magnet Middle School, which feeds to Martin Luther King Jr. Academic Magnet, or Meigs Magnet Middle which feeds to Hume Fogg Academic High School. Both Meigs and Head have academic requirements.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Goodlettsville, Tennessee
  3. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Goodlettsville city, Tennessee". Retrieved November 28, 2021.
  6. ^ Haywood, John; Colyar, Arthur St Clair; Armstrong, Zella (1891). The civil and political history of the state of Tennessee from its earliest settlement up to the year 1796, including the boundaries of the state. The Library of Congress. Nashville, Tenn., Publishing house of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.
  7. ^ Carr, John (1857). Early times in middle Tennessee. Internet Archive. Nashville, Tenn. : Pub. for E. Carr, by E. Stevenson & F. A. Owens.
  8. ^ Robert S. Brandt, Touring Middle Tennessee Backroads, John F. Blair, Publisher, July 1, 1995, p. 6 [1]
  9. ^ "The Mob Had Its Way. Ephraim Grizzard Taken from Jail at Nashville and Lynched". The Richmond Item. Richmond, Virginia. May 2, 1892. p. 2. Retrieved April 27, 2018 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ Timms, Mariah; Alund, Natalie Neysa (April 11, 2020). "April 10 coronavirus updates: Metro Health investigating cluster of cases at Goodlettsville Tyson Foods plant". The Tennessean.
  11. ^ "More than 100 Tyson workers test positive for COVID-19 in Goodlettsville". WTVF. April 22, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Jorge, Kaylin; Hilton, AJ (May 22, 2020). "Tyson VP says he would 'feel safe' working at Goodlettsville plant with 345 COVID-19". FOX17.com. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  13. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Goodlettsville city, Tennessee". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  14. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  15. ^ "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 June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  16. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 26, 2021.
  17. ^ City of Goodlettsville
  18. ^ "House District 45" (map), "Alphabetical Listing of Representatives," Tennessee General Assembly, retrieved April 7, 2023
  19. ^ "Alphabetical Listing of Representatives," Tennessee General Assembly, retrieved April 7, 2023
  20. ^ a b Brown, Melissa: "GOP expels Democratic Reps. Justin Jones, Justin Pearson from House over gun-control protest," April 6, 2023, updated April 7, 2023, The Tennessean, retrieved April 7, 2023
  21. ^ "GOP lawmakers in Tennessee expel two Democrats over mass shooting protest," April 7, 2023, CBS News, retrieved April 7, 2023
  22. ^ "Congressional Black Caucus holds emergency meeting after Tenn. expulsions," April 7, 2023, Washington Post, retrieved April 7, 2023

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