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Celina, Tennessee
Clay County Courthouse in Celina
Clay County Courthouse in Celina
Location of Celina in Clay County, Tennessee.
Location of Celina in Clay County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Clay
Founded 1832
Incorporated 1846
Named for Celina Fisk Christian (early settler)
 • Total 1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Land 1.84 sq mi (4.77 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
562 ft (169 m)
 • Total 1,495
 • Estimate 
 • Density 770.48/sq mi (297.43/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-12100
GNIS feature ID 1280109

Celina is a city in and the county seat of Clay County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,495 at the 2010 census.


Celina was founded in the 19th century and named after the daughter of local pioneer entrepreneur and educator, Moses Fisk. In the late 19th century, Celina prospered as a logging town, receiving logs that had been cut in the forests to the east and floated down the Obey River.


Celina is located near the center of Clay County at 36°32′54″N 85°30′7″W / 36.54833°N 85.50194°W / 36.54833; -85.50194 (36.548379, -85.501980). The city is situated in a relatively broad valley surrounded by rugged hills characteristic of the eastern Highland Rim. This valley is created by the confluence of the Cumberland River, which approaches from the north, and the Obey River, which approaches from the east. This section of both rivers is part of Cordell Hull Lake, a reservoir created by Cordell Hull Dam near Carthage several miles to the southwest. Dale Hollow Dam, which creates the vast Dale Hollow Lake, lies along the Obey River just east of Celina.

Tennessee State Route 52 passes through the city, connecting it with Red Boiling Springs and Lafayette to the west and Livingston to the southeast. Tennessee State Route 53, which intersects SR 52 in the southern part of Celina, runs southwestward down the Cumberland River to Gainesboro, and northeastward to the Kentucky border, where it continues as Kentucky Route 61 in the direction of Burkesville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.4 km2), all land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Celina has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 223
1910 467
1920 420 −10.1%
1930 756 80.0%
1940 864 14.3%
1950 1,136 31.5%
1960 1,228 8.1%
1970 1,370 11.6%
1980 1,580 15.3%
1990 1,493 −5.5%
2000 1,379 −7.6%
2010 1,495 8.4%
2019 (est.) 1,420 −5.0%

2020 census

Celina racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,339 94.16%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 25 1.76%
Native American 7 0.49%
Asian 3 0.21%
Pacific Islander 1 0.07%
Other/Mixed 22 1.55%
Hispanic or Latino 25 1.76%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,422 people, 728 households, and 405 families residing in the city.

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