Hendersonville, Tennessee facts for kids
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|City of Hendersonville|
"The City by the Lake"
Location of Hendersonville in Sumner County, Tennessee.
|Named for||William Henderson (early settler)|
|• Total||36.95 sq mi (95.70 km2)|
|• Land||31.42 sq mi (81.37 km2)|
|• Water||5.53 sq mi (14.33 km2)|
|Elevation||482 ft (147 m)|
|• Density||1,671.26/sq mi (645.28/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1287389|
Hendersonville is the largest city in Sumner County, Tennessee, on Old Hickory Lake. The population was 61,753 at the 2020 census.
Hendersonville is the fourth-largest city in the Nashville metropolitan area after Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Franklin and the 10th largest in Tennessee. Hendersonville is located 18 miles northeast of downtown Nashville. The city was settled around 1784 by Daniel Smith, and is named for William Henderson, the city's first postmaster.
Hendersonville has been home to numerous musicians of the Nashville area, especially those of country music, most notably Johnny Cash, June Carter Cash, and Roy Orbison. The city's main road, Johnny Cash Parkway, is named for the late singer. Other notable past and present residents include Conway Twitty (whose home, Twitty City, was transformed into the Trinity Music City complex after his death in 1993), Jean Shepard, Marty Stuart, Kelly Clarkson, Max T. Barnes, Taylor Swift, Young Buck, and Chris Henderson (3 Doors Down).
Hendersonville was settled circa 1784 by Daniel Smith when he began work on Rock Castle. In 1790, William Henderson, for whom the area was named, settled in. With the monumental completion of the Old Hickory Dam in 1954, Hendersonville started to grow into the most populous city of Sumner County and one of the most populous suburbs of Nashville, along with Franklin and Murfreesboro. The city of roughly 250 was incorporated in 1969 under the leadership of L.H. "Dink" Newman, and over the next decades has been one of Tennessee's fastest-growing cities. The city contains around 0.7% of the population of Tennessee. During the Civil War, Monthaven, a historic home on the National Historic Register, was used as a field hospital.
Hendersonville is governed by a board of 12 aldermen and a mayor, known as The Board of Mayor and Aldermen (BOMA). The aldermen are elected for staggered terms of four years by district. The mayor is elected once every four years by the whole city.
In 2007 a risk was identified that the trouble-prone Wolf Creek Dam in the neighboring state of Kentucky might break, which could have resulted in a complete inundation for the lower lying parts of Hendersonville. Since then extensive repairs have been performed on the dam, and the maximum level of water behind it has been lowered, thus reducing the pressure of water on the structure and resolving the identified flood risk.
Hendersonville is located at 36°18′00″N 86°36′22″W / 36.300084°N 86.606109°W (36.300084, -86.606109).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85 km2), of which 27.3 square miles (71 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (16.93%) is water.
Hendersonville has a humid subtropical climate.
|Climate data for Hendersonville, TN|
|Record high °F (°C)||78
|Average high °F (°C)||46
|Average low °F (°C)||28
|Record low °F (°C)||−17
|Precipitation inches (mm)||3.97
|Snowfall inches (cm)||3.90
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||5,310||8.6%|
|Hispanic or Latino||3,968||6.43%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 61,753 people, 21,328 households, and 14,788 families residing in the city.
As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 51,372 people, 20,111 households, and 14,239 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,881.76 persons per square mile, and the housing unit density was 736.67 units per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 88.64% White, 6.28% Black or African American, 1.58% Asian, 0.33% Native American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.21% from other races, and 1.89% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origins were 3.62% of the population.
Of the 20,111 households, 33.47% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 55.71% were married couples living together, 3.92% had a male householder with no wife present, 11.17% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.20% were non-families. 24.35% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.77% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.04.
Of the 51,372 residents, 25.80% were under the age of 18, 61.41% were between the ages of 18 and 64, and 12.79% were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38.5 years. 51.71% of the residents were female and 48.29% were male.
The median household income in the city was $62,627 and the median family income was $74,353. Males had a median income of $54,016 versus $34,996 for females. The per capita income for the city was $30,000. About 6.5% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.0% of those under the age of 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 and over.
Hendersonville Arts Council, is a non-profit organization and housed in Monthaven Mansion (built before the Civil War and used as a hospital during several battles, where entertaining paranormal activity is now alleged to occur frequently. It is also on the National Register of Historic Places, the Tennessee Civil War Trail and Ring of Fire) and exhibits visual art, music, workshops, wine tastings, crafts, culinary demonstrations, performances, and cultural activities. They produce a long running summer concert series and are open daily for self-guided tours.
Hendersonville Performing Arts Center, is a non-profit theater (formerly known as Steeple Players Theatre). HPAC has presented theater productions since 1996. Since 2003, it has been located in the City Square Shopping Center.
It is the home of the Indian Lake Village business, shopping, residence, and recreation complex.
Hendersonville's schools are governed by the Sumner County Schools. Schools located in Hendersonville include:
- Anderson Elementary
- Beech Elementary
- Beech High School
- Dr. William Burrus Elementary at Drakes Creek
- Ellis Middle School
- Gene Brown Elementary School
- George Whitten Elementary
- Hawkins Middle School
- Hendersonville High School
- T. W. Hunter Middle School
- Indian Lake Elementary
- Knox Doss at Drakes Creek Middle School
- Lakeside Park Elementary
- Merrol Hyde Magnet School
- Nannie Berry Elementary School
- Walton Ferry Elementary School
- Hendersonville Christian Academy (pre-K–12)
- Pope John Paul II High School
In 2007 a risk was identified that the trouble-prone Wolf Creek Dam in the neighboring state of Kentucky might break, which could have resulted in a complete inundation for the lower lying parts of Hendersonville. Since then, extensive repairs have been performed on the dam, and the maximum level of water behind it has been lowered, thus reducing the pressure of water on the structure and resolving the identified flood risk.
- Gary Allan, country singer
- Duane Allen, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
- David Archuleta, pop singer
- Max T. Barnes, singer, songwriter, producer
- James O. Bass, Tennessee state legislator and lawyer
- Josh Berry, NASCAR driver for JR Motorsports
- Joe Bonsall, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
- Young Buck, (real name: David Brown), hip hop artist
- Jesse Brand, songwriter, actor
- Jo-Ann Campbell, 1950s rock artist married to Troy Seals
- Johnny Cash, country singer (deceased)
- June Carter Cash, country singer (deceased)
- Kelly Clarkson and Brandon Blackstock
- Easton Corbin, country singer
- Zac Curtis, MLB pitcher
- Jimmy Fortune, country singer
- William Lee Golden, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
- Chris Henderson, rock musician, grammy award nominee/winner member of 3 Doors Down
- Harold Hunter, basketball coach, first African American to sign a contract with the National Basketball Association
- Jalen Hurd, former running back for the Tennessee Volunteers football team, former wide receiver for the Baylor Bears football team. Drafted in the 2019 NFL draft 3rd round 67th pick by the San Francisco 49ers
- Jeff Jarrett, professional wrestler
- Karen Jarrett, formerly Karen Angle, former wife of Kurt Angle and current wife of Jeff Jarrett
- John Jenkins, NBA player
- Bob Luman, country singer (deceased)
- Barbara Mandrell, country singer and entertainer
- Ronnie McDowell, country singer
- Bill Monroe, bluegrass originator
- Lennon Murphy, singer-songwriter
- Josef Newgarden, IndyCar Series racing driver and 2017 series champion
- Roy Orbison, rock singer (deceased)
- Sonny Osborne, bluegrass banjo player
- Luther Perkins, country guitarist (deceased)
- Rachael Price, jazz vocalist
- Thomas Rhett, Country singer
- Tommy Rich, wrestler (former NWA World Champion)
- John Rogan, second tallest verified human being with 8 ft 8 in (2.64m) (deceased)
- Johnny Russell, country singer, songwriter (deceased)
- Dan Seals, country musician, member of England Dan and John Ford Coley (deceased)
- Troy Seals, country music songwriter
- Ed Sheeran, singer, songwriter
- Jean Shepard, country singer (deceased)
- Ricky Skaggs, country singer
- Connie Smith, country singer
- Phil Stacey, country singer, American Idol season 6 finalist
- Richard Sterban, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
- Marty Stuart, country singer
- Taylor Swift, country and pop singer-songwriter, 11-time Grammy Award winner
- Golden Tate, Detroit Lions wide receiver
- Merle Travis, singer/guitarist (deceased)
- Conway Twitty, country singer (deceased)
- Larry Underwood, writer, actor, horror host (as Dr. Gangrene)
- Greg Upchurch, drummer, grammy award winner, 3 Doors Down
- Paul Yandell, guitarist, (deceased), longtime stage sidekick of Chet Atkins
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