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Dickson, Tennessee
City of Dickson
Downtown business district of Dickson
Downtown business district of Dickson
Location of Dickson in Dickson County, Tennessee.
Location of Dickson in Dickson County, Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Dickson
Area
 • Total 20.24 sq mi (52.42 km2)
 • Land 20.16 sq mi (52.21 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.20 km2)
Elevation
804 ft (245 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 16,058
 • Density 772.57/sq mi (298.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
37055-37056
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-20620
GNIS feature ID 1303436

Dickson is a city in the U.S. state of Tennessee. Located in Dickson County, it is part of the Nashville metropolitan area. At the 2020 census, Dickson's population was 16,058.

History

Dickson was named for Congressman William Dickson, as was Dickson County.

Geography

Dickson is located in south-central Dickson County at 36°4′17″N 87°22′28″W / 36.07139°N 87.37444°W / 36.07139; -87.37444 (36.071485, -87.374539). It is bordered to the east by the town of Burns. U.S. Route 70 passes through the north side of the city as Henslee Drive; it leads east 40 miles (64 km) to Nashville and west 62 miles (100 km) to Huntingdon. Interstate 40 passes through the Dickson city limits 5 miles (8 km) south of the center of town, with access from Exit 172 (Tennessee State Route 46). I-40 leads east 37 miles (60 km) to Nashville from Exit 172 and west 92 miles (148 km) to Jackson.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Dickson has a total area of 20.0 square miles (51.9 km2), of which 20.0 square miles (51.7 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.41%, is water. The city center sits on the Tennessee Valley Divide, with the southwest side of the city draining via the East Piney River to the Piney River, then to the Duck River, and then to the Tennessee River, while the northeast side drains via Turnbull Creek or Jones Creek to the Harpeth River and thence to the Cumberland River.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 938
1900 1,363 45.3%
1910 1,850 35.7%
1920 2,263 22.3%
1930 2,902 28.2%
1940 3,504 20.7%
1950 3,348 −4.5%
1960 5,028 50.2%
1970 5,665 12.7%
1980 7,040 24.3%
1990 8,791 24.9%
2000 12,244 39.3%
2010 14,538 18.7%
2020 16,058 10.5%
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2020 census

Dickson racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 12,464 77.62%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,224 7.62%
Native American 57 0.35%
Asian 170 1.06%
Other/Mixed 866 5.39%
Hispanic or Latino 1,277 7.95%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 16,058 people, 5,842 households, and 3,690 families residing in the city.

Notable people

  • Frank G. Clement, Governor of Tennessee
  • Francis Craig, songwriter, bandleader
  • Trevor Daniel, American Football punter for the Tennessee Titans of the National Football League
  • Walter S. Davis, educator.
  • John Mitchell, baseball player
  • Craig Morgan, country singer
  • Anson Mount, actor
  • Sunita Mani, Indian-American actress
  • John Rich, country singer
  • Anthony Wayne Van Leer, entrepreneur

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