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Cheatham County
Cheatham County Courthouse in Ashland City
Cheatham County Courthouse in Ashland City
Official seal of Cheatham County
Map of Tennessee highlighting Cheatham County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
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Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Tennessee
Founded February 28, 1856
Named for Edward Saunders Cheatham or Benjamin F. Cheatham
Seat Ashland City
Largest town Ashland City
 • Total 307 sq mi (800 km2)
 • Land 302 sq mi (780 km2)
 • Water 4.6 sq mi (12 km2)  1.5%%
 • Estimate 
41,072 Increase
 • Density 133/sq mi (51/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional districts 5th, 6th

Cheatham County ( CHEE-təm) is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 39,105. Its county seat is Ashland City. Cheatham County is part of the Nashville-DavidsonMurfreesboroFranklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is located in Middle Tennessee.


Cheatham County was created by an Act of the Tennessee General Assembly in 1856, from lands formerly of Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery, and Robertson counties. Cheatham County was named for Edward Saunders Cheatham, a state legislator.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 307 square miles (800 km2), of which 302 square miles (780 km2) is land and 4.6 square miles (12 km2) (1.5%) is water.

The county is bisected from northwest to southeast by the Cumberland River, with Ashland City located on its northern bank. The southern portion of the county is bisected from southeast to northwest by the Harpeth River, which meanders through generally hilly country, and along whose course are located the communities of Kingston Springs, largely to the north of Interstate 40, and Pegram, along State Highway 70. The western border of the central portion of the county is defined by the course of the Harpeth. The hills east of the Harpeth and south of the Cumberland are partly set aside by the state as the Cheatham State Wildlife Management Area. North of Ashland City the hills subside into more level highlands, where the community of Pleasant View is located just south of Interstate 24, which generally delineates the northern border of the county.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 7,258
1870 6,678 −8.0%
1880 7,956 19.1%
1890 8,845 11.2%
1900 10,112 14.3%
1910 10,540 4.2%
1920 10,039 −4.8%
1930 9,025 −10.1%
1940 9,928 10.0%
1950 9,167 −7.7%
1960 9,428 2.8%
1970 13,199 40.0%
1980 21,616 63.8%
1990 27,140 25.6%
2000 35,912 32.3%
2010 39,105 8.9%
2020 41,072 5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Cheatham County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Cheatham County

2020 census

Cheatham County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 36,299 88.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 815 1.98%
Native American 92 0.22%
Asian 184 0.45%
Pacific Islander 25 0.06%
Other/Mixed 1,818 4.43%
Hispanic or Latino 1,839 4.48%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 41,072 people, 15,089 households, and 11,022 families residing in the county.




Unincorporated communities

Notable people

Upchurch (musician)


See also

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