Silerton, Tennessee

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Silerton, Tennessee
Location in Hardeman County and the state of Tennessee
Location in Hardeman County and the state of Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194Coordinates: 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194
Country United States
State Tennessee
Counties Hardeman, Chester
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 427 ft (137 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 111
 • Density 168/sq mi (64.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38377
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-68560[1]
GNIS feature ID 1303620[2]

Silerton is a town in Hardeman and Chester counties in the western part of Tennessee. The population was 111 at the 2010 census.[3][4]


In 1869 Jesse, Spencer, Horace and Jame Siler, sons of Solomon Siler, and John, Josiah, James and Edward Siler, the sons of James Siler, purchased the land after moving from Siler City, North Carolina. There they raised their families, many of whom are still related to Silerton residents today. With the arrival of the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad in 1917, Silerton became a railroad town. The depot would be named after the Siler family, many of whom maintained important businesses in the area. Eventually the town's name would be changed to "Silerton" to avoid confusion with the nearby town of Serles. The town would also grow into a venue for the timber trade.[4] In 1923 Silerton was incorporated as a municipality by a private act of the state legislature.[5]


Silerton is located in northeastern Hardeman County at 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194 (35.339926, -88.801872).[6] A small part of the town extends east into Chester County.

Tennessee State Route 125 passes through the town, leading southwest 14 miles (23 km) to Bolivar, the Hardeman County seat, and north 4 miles (6 km) to TN 100.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), all land.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 88
1940 291 230.7%
1950 121 −58.4%
1960 84 −30.6%
1970 88 4.8%
1980 100 13.6%
1990 59 −41.0%
2000 60 1.7%
2010 111 85.0%
Est. 2015 104 [7] −6.3%

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 60 people, 28 households, and 15 families residing in the town. The population density was 149.4 people per square mile (57.9/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 84.7 per square mile (32.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100% White.

There were 28 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,083, and the median income for a family was $25,417. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $12,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,571. There were 33.3% of families and 19.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 28.6% of under eighteens and 30.8% of those over 64.

Arts and culture[edit]

Silerton hosts two annual events: a Fourth of July celebration in the summer and a Children's Christmas Parade in December.[4]


Silerton is governed by a mayor and four aldermen, whom are elected every four years.[4]