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Algood, Tennessee
Location of Algood, Tennessee
Location of Algood, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Putnam
Incorporated 1911
Named for Joel Algood
 • Total 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Land 4.0 sq mi (10.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,112 ft (339 m)
 • Total 3,495
 • Density 874/sq mi (336.1/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 Algood was initially incorporated in 1901, but repealed its own charter two years later.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%
2015 (est.) 3,725 6.6%

As of the 2000 census, there were 2,942 people, 1,181 households, and 792 families residing in the town. The population density was 766.9 people per square mile (295.8/km²). There were 1,263 housing units at an average density of 329.2 per square mile (127.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.13% White, 4.93% African American, 0.07% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.24% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.09% of the population.

City of Algood Municipal Building

There were 1,181 households out of which 29.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.9% were non-families. 30.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 20.7% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 79.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,205, and the median income for a family was $34,234. Males had a median income of $32,443 versus $22,872 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,478. About 12.5% of families and 15.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.7% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

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