Munford, Tennessee

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Munford, Tennessee
Munford City Hall
Munford City Hall
Nickname(s): 
...my Kind of Town!
Location of Munford in Tipton County, Tennessee.
Location of Munford in Tipton County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°26′41″N 89°48′38″W / 35.44472°N 89.81056°W / 35.44472; -89.81056Coordinates: 35°26′41″N 89°48′38″W / 35.44472°N 89.81056°W / 35.44472; -89.81056
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyTipton
Area
 • Total9.11 sq mi (23.60 km2)
 • Land9.10 sq mi (23.56 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
446 ft (136 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total5,927
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
6,109
 • Density671.54/sq mi (259.29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38058
Area code(s)901 Exchanges: 837,840
FIPS code47-51540[3]
GNIS feature ID1295096[4]
Websitemunford.com

Munford is a city in Tipton County, Tennessee. The population was 5,927 at the 2010 census, when it was listed as a town.

History[edit]

Beginning as a small village which grew around the Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church in the early 1850s, it was officially named "Mt. Zion" after the opening of a post office there in 1856.[5] This office closed in 1874, and in 1886 when Mt. Zion applied to the United States Post Office Department to have it reopened, the application was approved on the condition that it do so with a new name, to avoid confusion with Mt. Zion, Pennsylvania. At that time Pennsylvania was commonly abbreviated as "Penn" and Tennessee was commonly abbreviated "Tenn." The newly appointed Post Master G. B. Sale asked his daughter Lola to choose a name, and they agreed to name it after Colonel Richard Henry Munford (1807–1884) of Covington, Tennessee. The town was officially incorporated as "Munford" by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly in 1905, and Sterling Hicks Bass, Sr. was elected as its first mayor.

Geography[edit]

Munford is located at 35°26′41″N 89°48′38″W / 35.444660°N 89.810567°W / 35.444660; -89.810567.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.1 square miles (21 km2), of which 8.0 square miles (21 km2) is land and 0.12% is water.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1910329
192038216.1%
1930376−1.6%
19404078.2%
1950976139.8%
19601,0143.9%
19701,28126.3%
19802,33682.4%
19902,326−0.4%
20004,708102.4%
20105,92725.9%
2019 (est.)6,109[2]3.1%
Sources:[7][8]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 5,927 people, 2,174 households, and 1,667 families residing in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 87.90% White, 7.20% African American, 0.4% Native American, & 1.5% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.00% of the population.

There were 2,174 households, out of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.3% were non-families. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.11.

According to the 2007-2011 American Community Survey"U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14., the median household income in Munford was $56,242. 11.9% of all residents were below the poverty line, including 16.5% of those under the age of 18.

Education[edit]

Munford Public Schools are part of Tipton County Schools. The Tipton County School District has eight elementary schools, five middle schools and four high schools.

Schools located in Munford include:

John Combs is the Director of Schools.[9]

Munford Police Department[edit]

The Munford Police Department has several programs including: Neighborhood/Community Watch Program, Home Security Checks, Children's Fingerprint Identification and Photo, Traffic Safety Program, and School Career Day.[10]

The Munford Police Department also has a S.W.A.T. team that is used in high risk situations including: hostage situations, dangerous drug situations, and blocked or "barricaded" subjects. [11]

Munford Fire Department[edit]

The fire department serves around 15,000 residents of the Munford and Atoka communities; however, "the department also serves county residents outside the corporate limits, which brings the population base up to an estimated 30,000."

The fire department not only responds to fires, but they also respond to wide range of other emergency situations including motorcycle accidents, medical emergencies, and several others. Every six months, the fire "department also remains up to date with safety inspections of all businesses." The city contains 1300 fire hydrants which are provided by the Munford Fire Department.

"The priorities of the department are clear: Life Safety, Emergency Incident Stabilization, and Property Conservation."

[12]

Celebrate Munford[edit]

Celebrate Munford is a "non-profit group of citizens" in the Munford community, as well as areas surrounding Munford. The group is always looking for new members to lead the events.

Celebrate Munford has been hosting an annual event in downtown Munford for the past 29 years, The Munford Arts and Crafts Fair. The fair is the third Saturday of September every year. The fair lasts all day and is packed full with booths and vendors. Vendors are welcomed to reserve a booth spot. Fair food is also available at several booths. Stages that are booked with entertainers are also at the fair. There are various music styles played and dances performed.

Every Fourth of July, the Celebrate Munford group sponsors the Celebrate Independence. The event is located at the Munford City Park, across from the skate park. The United States Navy band plays for everyone as they picnic and socialize. As the band plays their finale, a firework show begins.[13]

Notable People[edit]

Home of Vito Liberto owner of the "Nitro" fastest wiener dog in the U.S. Nitro retired from racing in 2017 with an undefeated record after 7 years of competing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "History of Munford". Town of Munford. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. 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. ^ "Tipton County Schools". Tipton County Schools. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
  10. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-09. Retrieved 2013-11-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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