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Bradford, Tennessee
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Location of Bradford in Gibson County, Tennessee.
Location of Bradford in Gibson County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Gibson
 • Total 1.71 sq mi (4.42 km2)
 • Land 1.71 sq mi (4.42 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
364 ft (111 m)
 • Total 1,048
 • Estimate 
 • Density 573.27/sq mi (221.40/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-07860
GNIS feature ID 1305379

Bradford is a town in Gibson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,048 at the 2010 census.


Bradford was named for Robert E. Bradford, an early settler. A post office has been in operation at Bradford since 1874.

During the April 2, 2006 Tornado Outbreak much of northern Bradford was damaged or destroyed; six residents of the area were killed, though none lived within the city limits.


According to the United States Census Bureau, Bradford has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 222
1920 507
1930 570 12.4%
1940 612 7.4%
1950 599 −2.1%
1960 763 27.4%
1970 968 26.9%
1980 1,146 18.4%
1990 1,154 0.7%
2000 1,113 −3.6%
2010 1,048 −5.8%
2019 (est.) 978 −6.7%

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,113 people, 472 households, and 320 families residing in the town. The population density was 625.5 people per square mile (241.4/km2). There were 510 housing units at an average density of 286.6 per square mile (110.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.94% White, 9.70% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.09% Asian, and 0.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

Inside Bradford Bank in 1919.

There were 472 households, out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.0% were married couples living together, 12.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.0% were non-families. 27.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 14.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.2% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,486, and the median income for a family was $36,484. Males had a median income of $31,250 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,609. About 9.1% of families and 14.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.5% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.


Bradford is served by the Bradford Special School District. A "Special School District" is defined as a district independently run by the district itself, instead of by a county school system. In the late 1970s, consolidation in the area threatened to combine Bradford into the Gibson County Special School District, which was being formed at the time by other smaller towns in Gibson County, but the city voted to retain their own high school, and thus the Bradford Special School District was formed.

All schools in Bradford are located on one campus. The buildings are separated with Bradford Elementary School located on the southeastern side of the campus, and Bradford Junior-Senior High School located on the western side of the campus.

There are no colleges or universities in Bradford. The only college with a campus in Gibson County is the Dyersburg State Community College satellite campus in Trenton, approximately 10 miles away. The closest colleges are the University of Tennessee at Martin (located in Martin to the north), Bethel University (located in McKenzie to the Northeast), as well as several colleges and universities in Jackson, Tennessee (located to the south).

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