Ridgetop, Tennessee

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Ridgetop, Tennessee
Highland Chapel Union Church, a historic site in the city
Highland Chapel Union Church, a historic site in the city
Ridgetop is located in Tennessee
Location within the state of Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°23′47″N 86°46′22″W / 36.39639°N 86.77278°W / 36.39639; -86.77278Coordinates: 36°23′47″N 86°46′22″W / 36.39639°N 86.77278°W / 36.39639; -86.77278
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Robertson, Davidson
 • Total 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 • Land 2.9 sq mi (7.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 899 ft (274 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,874
 • Density 650/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 37152
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-63140[1]
GNIS feature ID 1299405[2]

Ridgetop is a city in Davidson and Robertson counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The population was 1,874 at the 2010 census.[3]


Ridgetop 36°23′47″N 86°46′22″W / 36.39639°N 86.77278°W / 36.39639; -86.77278 (36.396306, -86.772654),[4] is located in Robertson County except for two small portions of the city that fall in Davidson County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.5 km2), all land.[5]

There is a small man-made lake built to draw in tourism in the early 1900s. Underneath the town is "Ridgetop Tunnel", a railroad tunnel bored in the early 1900s. When completed in 1905, it was the longest free-standing (i.e., with no columnar supports) tunnel in the world.[citation needed]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 43
1920 126 193.0%
1930 196 55.6%
1940 351 79.1%
1950 354 0.9%
1960 372 5.1%
1970 858 130.6%
1980 1,225 42.8%
1990 1,132 −7.6%
2000 1,083 −4.3%
2010 1,874 73.0%
Est. 2014 1,979 [6] 5.6%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,083 people, 385 households, and 314 families residing in the city. The population density was 678.3 people per square mile (261.3/km²). There were 399 housing units at an average density of 249.9 per square mile (96.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.12% White, 1.48% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.55% Asian, 0.18% from other races, and 1.57% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.02% of the population.

There were 385 households out of which 32.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.5% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 18.4% were non-families. 16.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city the population was spread out with 23.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 26.6% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $52,381, and the median income for a family was $57,589. Males had a median income of $40,813 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,610. About 4.3% of families and 4.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.2% of those under age 18 and 15.5% of those age 65 or over.


Scenes for Hannah Montana: The Movie were filmed at the special events facility "Smiley Hollow". The movie was released April 10, 2009. [9]

Notable Residents[edit]

  • Grandpa Jones - American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer and member of the Grand Ole Opry
  • David "Stringbean" Akeman - American country music banjo player and comedy musician best known for his role on the hit television show, Hee Haw, and as a member of the Grand Ole Opry. He and his wife were neighbors of Grandpa Jones' and were both murdered at their home in 1973