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Algood, Tennessee
Location of Algood in Putnam County, Tennessee.
Location of Algood in Putnam County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Putnam
Incorporated 1911
Named for Joel Algood
 • Total 4.09 sq mi (10.59 km2)
 • Land 4.09 sq mi (10.59 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,112 ft (339 m)
 • Total 3,495
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,091.20/sq mi (421.36/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-00640
GNIS feature ID 1304798

Algood is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,495 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cookeville Micropolitan Statistical Area.


While Algood was not established until the late 19th century, in the early 19th century a small community developed just south of modern Algood at White Plains, an antebellum plantation and important stopover along the Walton Road (which connected Nashville and Knoxville). In the 1880s, the Nashville & Knoxville Railroad erected a depot at what is now Algood. The land on which the depot was built was purchased from a circuit rider and early settler named Joel Algood, and thus the train stop was named after him. For a period of time the area would be called Algood's Old Fields. In 1899, the Algood Methodist Church (now Algood United Methodist Church) was built on land donated by the children of this early settler. Algood was initially incorporated in 1901, but repealed its own charter two years later. The town reincorporated in 1911.


The town is situated at the base of Algood Mountain (el. 1,456 feet (444 m)), one of a series of low, wide ridges in the area that present as "stair steps" from the Highland Rim to the Cumberland Plateau. Algood is centered along the former State Route 42 (Main Street), a state highway designation which no longer exists, just east of the road's two junctions with State Route 111.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 651
1930 643 −1.2%
1940 609 −5.3%
1950 729 19.7%
1960 886 21.5%
1970 1,808 104.1%
1980 2,406 33.1%
1990 2,399 −0.3%
2000 2,942 22.6%
2010 3,495 18.8%
2019 (est.) 4,463 27.7%

2020 census

Algood racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,365 84.91%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 117 2.95%
Native American 10 0.25%
Asian 68 1.72%
Pacific Islander 2 0.05%
Other/Mixed 205 5.17%
Hispanic or Latino 196 4.95%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,963 people, 1,883 households, and 1,138 families residing in the city.

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