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Houston County, Tennessee
Map

Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1871
Seat Erin
Largest City Erin
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

207 sq mi (536 km²)
200 sq mi (518 km²)
6.7 sq mi (17 km²), 3.2%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

8,426
42/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.houstoncochamber.com
Named for: Sam Houston

Houston County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,426. Its county seat is Erin. The county was founded in 1871. It was named for Sam Houston.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 207 square miles (540 km2), of which 200 square miles (520 km2) is land and 6.7 square miles (17 km2) (3.2%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • State Route 13
  • State Route 46
  • State Route 49
  • State Route 147
  • State Route 149
  • State Route 231
  • State Route 232

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 4,295
1890 5,390 25.5%
1900 6,476 20.1%
1910 6,224 −3.9%
1920 6,212 −0.2%
1930 5,555 −10.6%
1940 6,432 15.8%
1950 5,318 −17.3%
1960 4,794 −9.9%
1970 5,845 21.9%
1980 6,871 17.6%
1990 7,018 2.1%
2000 8,088 15.2%
2010 8,426 4.2%
Est. 2015 8,149 −3.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Houston County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Houston County

As of the census of 2000, there were 8,088 people, 3,216 households, and 2,299 families residing in the county. The population density was 40.4 people per square mile (15.6/km²). There were 3,901 housing units at an average density of 19.5 per square mile (7.5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.58% White, 3.31% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.78% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. 1.25% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,216 households out of which 31.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.00% were married couples living together, 10.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 26.10% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 97.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,968, and the median income for a family was $35,395. Males had a median income of $29,528 versus $19,983 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,614. About 14.30% of families and 18.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.20% of those under age 18 and 20.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Town

Unincorporated communities


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