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Bledsoe County
Bledsoe County Courthouse in Pikeville
Bledsoe County Courthouse in Pikeville
Official seal of Bledsoe County
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Map of Tennessee highlighting Bledsoe County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Tennessee
Founded 1807
Named for Anthony Bledsoe
Seat Pikeville
Largest city Pikeville
Area
 • Total 407 sq mi (1,050 km2)
 • Land 406 sq mi (1,050 km2)
 • Water 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)  0.08%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,913 Increase
 • Density 36.73/sq mi (14.18/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 4th

Bledsoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,913. Its county seat is Pikeville.

History

Bledsoe County was formed in 1807 from land that was formerly Indian Land as well as land carved from Roane County. The county was named for Anthony Bledsoe (1739–1788), a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler of Sumner County. He was killed in an Indian attack at Bledsoe's Station.

Like many East Tennessee counties, Bledsoe County opposed secession on the eve of the Civil War. In Tennessee's Ordinance of Secession on June 8, 1861, the county's residents voted against secession by a margin of 500 to 197. General James G. Spears, a resident of Bledsoe, served as a vice president at the pro-Union East Tennessee Convention in May and June 1861, and fought for the Union Army in the war.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 407 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 406 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2) (0.08%) is water.

Adjacent counties

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Northern Bledsoe County, with the Cumberland Plateau on the horizon

State protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1820 4,005
1830 4,648 16.1%
1840 5,676 22.1%
1850 5,959 5.0%
1860 4,459 −25.2%
1870 4,870 9.2%
1880 5,617 15.3%
1890 6,134 9.2%
1900 6,626 8.0%
1910 6,329 −4.5%
1920 7,218 14.0%
1930 7,128 −1.2%
1940 8,358 17.3%
1950 8,561 2.4%
1960 7,811 −8.8%
1970 7,643 −2.2%
1980 9,478 24.0%
1990 9,669 2.0%
2000 12,367 27.9%
2010 12,876 4.1%
2020 14,913 15.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020
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Age pyramid Bledsoe County

2020 census

Bledsoe County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 13,129 88.04%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 781 5.24%
Native American 48 0.32%
Asian 37 0.25%
Other/Mixed 459 3.08%
Hispanic or Latino 459 3.08%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 14,913 people, 4,894 households, and 3,473 families residing in the county.

Recreation

Bledsoe County is home to a portion of Fall Creek Falls State Resort Park.

Communities

City

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Old Bellview School in northwestern Bledsoe County

Unincorporated Communities

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