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Scotts Hill, Tennessee

Coordinates: 35°30′55″N 88°15′3″W / 35.51528°N 88.25083°W / 35.51528; -88.25083
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Scotts Hill, Tennessee
Businesses along SR 114
Businesses along SR 114
Location of Scotts Hill in Henderson County, Tennessee.
Location of Scotts Hill in Henderson County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°30′55″N 88°15′3″W / 35.51528°N 88.25083°W / 35.51528; -88.25083
CountryUnited States
CountiesHenderson, Decatur
First settled1825
 • MayorKenny Parrish
 • Total3.67 sq mi (9.49 km2)
 • Land3.67 sq mi (9.49 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
518 ft (158 m)
 • Total877
 • Density239.23/sq mi (92.37/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code731
FIPS code47-66880[3]
GNIS feature ID1300964[4]

Scotts Hill is a town in Decatur and Henderson counties in the U.S. state of Tennessee. The population was 877 at the 2020 census.[5]

The community was named after Micajah Scott, a pioneer settler and the first merchant to settle in the town.[6][7] The name "Scotts Hill" is derived from the location of Scott's store, which sat on the hill across from the current Methodist Church.[7]


Scotts Hill was first settled in 1825 by Charles Austin.[7] The town was incorporated in April 1917, and Isiaac Wesley Patterson served as the first mayor.[7] The town developed quickly, due its location on a main stagecoach route from Clifton, Tennessee to Jackson, Tennessee.[7]

Shortly after its incorporation, in May 1917, the east end of Scotts Hill was destroyed by a severe tornado.[7] The town was again damaged on October 16, 1917, when a fire destroyed all twelve businesses and five homes.[7]

The Scotts Hill College opened in 1896, and ceased operation around 1917.[7] The public water system was established in 1957.[7]


Scotts Hill is located in southeastern Henderson County and southwestern Decatur County at 35°30′55″N 88°15′3″W / 35.51528°N 88.25083°W / 35.51528; -88.25083 (35.515322, -88.250958).[8] Tennessee State Route 100 passes through the town, north of the center, leading northeast 8 miles (13 km) to Decaturville and southwest 22 miles (35 km) to Henderson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Scotts Hill has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2), all land.[9]


Historical population

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 894 people, 376 households, and 268 families residing in the town. The population density was 357.9 inhabitants per square mile (138.2/km2). There were 439 housing units at an average density of 175.7 per square mile (67.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 99.22% White, 0.11% Native American, 0.34% from other races, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.01% of the population.

There were 376 households, out of which 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.7% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 17.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 86.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,750, and the median income for a family was $36,125. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $21,111 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,141. About 13.1% of families and 18.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.6% of those under age 18 and 21.7% of those age 65 or over.


Scotts Hill Elementary School currently operates pre-kindergarten through eighth grade.[12] The nearby high school, Scotts Hill High School, is located in Reagan, Tennessee.[13]


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ Bureau, US Census. "Search Results". The United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 6, 2023.
  6. ^ History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present. Southern Historical Press. 1886. p. 805.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Our History". cityofscottshill.com. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  9. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Scotts Hill town, Tennessee". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  11. ^ "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.
  12. ^ "Home - Scotts Hill Elementary". scottshillelem.hcschoolstn.org. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  13. ^ "Home - Scotts Hill High School". scottshillhigh.hcschoolstn.org. Retrieved July 31, 2019.

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