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Hawkins County, Tennessee
Map
Map of Tennessee highlighting Hawkins County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1787
Seat Rogersville
Largest City Church Hill
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

500 sq mi (1,295 km²)
487 sq mi (1,261 km²)
13 sq mi (34 km²), 2.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

56,833
117/sq mi (45/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.hawkinscountytn.gov/
Named for: Benjamin Hawkins

Hawkins County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 56,833. Its county seat is Rogersville, Tennessee's second-oldest town. The county was created in 1787 and named for Benjamin Hawkins, a U.S. Senator from North Carolina.

Hawkins County is part of the KingsportBristolBristol, TN-VA Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area, commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

Geography

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Lower Big Creek Valley, viewed from the Amis House
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Carter Valley

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 500 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 487 square miles (1,260 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (2.5%) is water.

Adjacent counties

State protected area

  • Kyles Ford Wildlife Management Area (part)

Other protected area

  • Bays Mountain Park (part)
  • Amis House

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 6,563
1810 7,643 16.5%
1820 10,949 43.3%
1830 13,683 25.0%
1840 15,035 9.9%
1850 13,370 −11.1%
1860 16,162 20.9%
1870 15,837 −2.0%
1880 20,610 30.1%
1890 22,246 7.9%
1900 24,267 9.1%
1910 23,587 −2.8%
1920 22,918 −2.8%
1930 24,117 5.2%
1940 28,523 18.3%
1950 30,494 6.9%
1960 30,468 −0.1%
1970 33,726 10.7%
1980 43,751 29.7%
1990 44,565 1.9%
2000 53,563 20.2%
2010 56,833 6.1%
Est. 2015 56,471 −0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Hawkins County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Hawkins County

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 56,833 people residing in the county. 96.5% were White, 1.3% Black or African American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% of some other race and 1.1% of two or more races. 1.2% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race). 47.0% were of American, 9.0% English, 8.0% German and 7.4% Irish ancestry.

As of the census of 2000, there were 53,563 people, 21,936 households, and 15,925 families residing in the county. The population density was 110 people per square mile (42/km²). There were 24,416 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.24% White, 1.55% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.23% from other races, and 0.56% from two or more races. 0.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 21,936 households out of which 31.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 9.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.86.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 30.00% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,300, and the median income for a family was $37,557. Males had a median income of $30,959 versus $22,082 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,073. About 12.70% of families and 15.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 17.70% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

Major highways

  • US 11W.svg U.S. Route 11W
  • US 11E.svg U.S. Route 11E
  • Tennessee 31.svg State Route 31
  • Tennessee 66.svg State Route 66
  • Tennessee 70.svg State Route 70, Trail of the Lonesome Pine
  • Secondary Tennessee 66.svg State Route 66
  • Secondary Tennessee 94.svg State Route 94
  • State Route 113
  • State Route 344
  • State Route 346
  • State Route 347

State Route 172 formerly went into Hawkins County, it now ends in Greene County at Interstate 81 exit 36 in the town of Baileyton.

Airports

The Hawkins County Airport is a county-owned public-use airport located six nautical miles (7 mi, 11 km) northeast of the central business district of Rogersville, Tennessee.

Communities

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Houses in Mount Carmel

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

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