Trenton, Tennessee

Coordinates: 35°58′25″N 88°56′30″W / 35.97361°N 88.94167°W / 35.97361; -88.94167
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Trenton, Tennessee
Gibson County Courthouse
Gibson County Courthouse
A tea-rrific place to live!
Location of Trenton in Gibson County, Tennessee.
Location of Trenton in Gibson County, Tennessee.
Trenton is located in Tennessee
Location within Tennessee
Trenton is located in the United States
Location within the United States
Coordinates: 35°58′25″N 88°56′30″W / 35.97361°N 88.94167°W / 35.97361; -88.94167
CountryUnited States
Named forTrenton, New Jersey[1]
 • MayorTony Burriss (2023 - )
 • Total8.09 sq mi (20.95 km2)
 • Land8.04 sq mi (20.81 km2)
 • Water0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
331 ft (101 m)
 • Total4,240
 • Density527.56/sq mi (203.70/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code731
FIPS code47-75000[4]
GNIS feature ID1304159[5]

Trenton is the county seat and fourth largest city of Gibson County, Tennessee, United States.[6] As of the 2020 census, the population was 4,240.[3]


Trenton was established in 1824 as a county seat for the newly-created Gibson County. The site was initially home to a trading post known as "Gibson-Port" that was operated by Thomas Gibson, a brother of the county's namesake, Colonel John Gibson.[7] The city is named for Trenton, New Jersey.[1]


Trenton is located in central Gibson County at 35°58′25″N 88°56′30″W / 35.97361°N 88.94167°W / 35.97361; -88.94167 (35.973627, −88.941569).[8] U.S. Route 45W passes through the east side of the city, bypassing downtown. It leads north 33 miles (53 km) to Union City and south 30 miles (48 km) to Jackson. Milan is 12 miles (19 km) to the southeast via Tennessee State Route 77, Bradford is 10 miles (16 km) to the northeast via State Route 54, Alamo is 18 miles (29 km) to the southwest, also via State Route 54, and Dyersburg is 26 miles (42 km) to the west via State Route 104.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Trenton has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.2 km2), of which 8.1 square miles (21.1 km2) are land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.64%, are water.[9]


Historical population

2020 census[edit]

Trenton racial composition[12]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,665 62.85%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,222 28.82%
Native American 10 0.24%
Asian 18 0.42%
Pacific Islander 2 0.05%
Other/Mixed 146 3.44%
Hispanic or Latino 177 4.17%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 4,240 people, 1,688 households, and 910 families residing in the city.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,683 people, 1,919 households, and 1,207 families residing in the city. The population density was 847.3 inhabitants per square mile (327.1/km2). There were 2,090 housing units at an average density of 378.2 per square mile (146.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 65.17% White, 32.67% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.26% Asian, 0.98% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 1,919 households, out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.9% were married couples living together, 20.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 34.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.2% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $27,535, and the median income for a family was $39,630. Males had a median income of $29,675 versus $20,801 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,225. About 12.9% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.4% of those under age 18 and 19.5% of those age 65 or over.


The Gibson County Electric Membership Corporation which is still located Trenton, in 1940

Trenton is most famous for its collection of rare antique porcelain veilleuses, donated by the late Dr. Frederick C. Freed in 1955.[13] The teapots are unique because the candle's glow illuminates the pot's exterior, thus serving as a night light. None of the 525 teapots in this collection are alike, and some are designed as palaces or people in unique still-life castings. The town celebrates its collection with an annual "Teapot Festival" held each spring since 1981.

A 31 mph speed limit sign in Trenton

Trenton is also known for its unusual speed limit of 31 miles per hour (50 km/h), established by the city in the 1950s and posted by signs throughout the town.[14][15]

Nite Lite Theatre of Gibson County is a non-profit community theatre project based in Trenton, and established in 1980 with the intent of bringing theatrical presentations to Gibson and the surrounding counties. All work, with the exception of some production staff, is done on a volunteer basis. With most performances at Peabody High School, the history of Nite Lite Theatre includes performances of The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Sound of Music, Dearly Departed, and You Can't Take It with You.

Notable people[edit]


Trenton Special School District operates Trenton's K-12 public schools. Peabody High School in Trenton was established in 1877. Dyersburg State Community College has a campus adjacent to Peabody High School.


Radio stations:

  • WPOT AM 1500 (simulcast with WJPJ) GoodNews Christian Network
  • WTPR-AM 710 "The Greatest Hits of All Time"


  • The Gazette (formerly The Herald Gazette)


The Trenton Reds, a Minor League Baseball team of the Kentucky–Illinois–Tennessee League, played in Trenton in 1922.[16] The city shared the same league's Milan-Trenton Twins with nearby Milan in 1923.[17]


  1. ^ a b Gibson County: Past and Present (Turner Publishing Company, 1961), pp. 70–71.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c "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. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  7. ^ Fred M. Culp, "Gibson County," Tennessee Encyclopedia, 1 March 2018.
  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): Trenton city, Tennessee". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved February 16, 2017.[dead link]
  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. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 8, 2021.
  13. ^ "Trenton Teapot Collection". Trenton Teapot Collection. Archived from the original on April 2, 2009. Retrieved February 24, 2009.
  14. ^ "'32' means you'll get a ticket", Ocala Star-Banner, September 16, 1977.
  15. ^ Randy Rauch, "Trenton's unique speed limit signs catch visitors' attention", WKRN-TV, July 31, 2013.
  16. ^ "1922 Trenton Reds Statistics". Baseball Reference. Sports Reference. Retrieved May 23, 2020.
  17. ^ "1923 Milan-Trenton Twins Roster". Stats Crew. Retrieved May 27, 2020.

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