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Giles County
Giles County courthouse in Pulaski
Giles County courthouse in Pulaski
Official seal of Giles County
Map of Tennessee highlighting Giles 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 November 14, 1809
Named for William B. Giles
Seat Pulaski
Largest city Pulaski
 • Total 611 sq mi (1,580 km2)
 • Land 611 sq mi (1,580 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)  0.04%%
 • Total 30,346 Increase
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 7th

Giles County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,346. Its county seat is Pulaski.


Giles County is named after William Branch Giles, a Senator from Virginia who sponsored the admission of Tennessee as the sixteenth state into the Union. He also sponsored the building of the city and courthouse, which has burned four times. The current courthouse was built in 1909. One of Giles County's local heroes is James McCallum, who served as Grandmaster of the Tennessee Masons, a member of the Confederate Congress, and mayor. He lived in Giles County for seventy years.

Until Maury County was established in November 1807, the area of the future Giles County was considered to be part of Williamson County. Two years after the formation of Maury County, Giles County was created from southern Maury County on November 14, 1809 by an act of the State Legislature. Nearly half of the new county lay in Chickasaw territory until September 1816.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 611 square miles (1,580 km2), of which 611 square miles (1,580 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (0.04%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 4,546
1820 12,558 176.2%
1830 18,703 48.9%
1840 21,494 14.9%
1850 25,949 20.7%
1860 26,166 0.8%
1870 32,413 23.9%
1880 36,014 11.1%
1890 34,957 −2.9%
1900 33,035 −5.5%
1910 32,629 −1.2%
1920 30,948 −5.2%
1930 28,016 −9.5%
1940 29,240 4.4%
1950 26,961 −7.8%
1960 22,410 −16.9%
1970 22,138 −1.2%
1980 24,265 9.6%
1990 25,741 6.1%
2000 29,447 14.4%
2010 29,485 0.1%
2020 30,346 2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014 2020
USA Giles County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Giles County

2020 census

Giles County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 24,920 82.12%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,927 9.65%
Native American 113 0.37%
Asian 176 0.58%
Pacific Islander 9 0.03%
Other/Mixed 1,473 4.85%
Hispanic or Latino 728 2.4%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 30,346 people, 11,904 households, and 7,807 families residing in the county.



Abernathy Field
Abernathy Field, May 2014. ICAO Code: KGZS.

Abernathy Field is a public use airport owned by Giles County and the City of Pulaski. It is located three nautical miles (6 km) southwest of the central business district of Pulaski.




Unincorporated communities

Notable people

  • Aaron V. Brown, Governor of Tennessee from 1845 to 1847; resident of Giles County, Tennessee.
  • Neill S. Brown, Governor of Tennessee from 1847 to 1849; born in Giles County.
  • John C. Brown, Governor of Tennessee from 1871 to 1875; born in Giles County.
  • Cully Cobb, Southern agriculture pioneer and publisher, editor of Progressive Farmer
  • Walter Herschel Beech, co-founder of Beechcraft Aircraft; born in Giles County.
  • John Crowe Ransom, educator, scholar, literary critic, poet, essayist and editor; born in Giles County.
  • James McCallum, Grandmaster of the Tennessee Masons, a member of the Confederate Congress, and mayor. He lived in Giles County for 70 years.
  • James David Vaughan, music teacher, composer, song book publisher, the founder of the Vaughan Conservatory of Music and the James D. Vaughan Publishing Company; born in Giles County.
  • Archibald Wright, Justice of the Tennessee Supreme Court from 1858 to 1885; raised in Giles County.

See also

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