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Lebanon, Tennessee
Lebanon's Town Square
Lebanon's Town Square
Nickname(s): 
"Cedar-City"
Location of Lebanon, Tennessee
Location of Lebanon, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Wilson
Incorporated 1801
Named for Cedars of Lebanon
Area
 • Total 38.63 sq mi (99.93 km2)
 • Land 38.5 sq mi (99.59 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
528 ft (161 m)
Population
 (2013)
 • Total 28,408
 • Density 677.9/sq mi (262/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
37087, 37088, 37090
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-41520
GNIS feature ID 1290901
Website City of Lebanon, Tennessee

Lebanon is the county seat of Wilson County, Tennessee, United States.

The population was 26,190 at the 2010 census and 28,608 in 2013.

Lebanon is located in Middle Tennessee, approximately 25 miles (40 km) east of downtown Nashville. Lebanon is part of the Nashville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

The city was incorporated in 1801, and was named after the biblical cedars of Lebanon. Local residents have called Lebanon "Cedar City", mostly a reference to the abundance of cedar trees in the area. The city is home to Cumberland University, a small, private four-year liberal arts institution.

Geography

Lebanon is located at 36°12′29″N 86°19′35″W / 36.20806°N 86.32639°W / 36.20806; -86.32639 (36.207991, -86.326300).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 38.63 square miles (100.1 km2), of which 38.5 square miles (100 km2) is land and 0.03% is water.

Demographics

Lebanon tennessee city hall
Lebanon City Hall in Lebanon, TN
Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 1,554
1870 2,073
1880 2,296 10.8%
1890 1,883 −18.0%
1900 1,956 3.9%
1910 3,659 87.1%
1920 4,084 11.6%
1930 4,656 14.0%
1940 5,950 27.8%
1950 7,913 33.0%
1960 10,512 32.8%
1970 12,492 18.8%
1980 11,872 −5.0%
1990 15,208 28.1%
2000 20,235 33.1%
2010 26,190 29.4%
Est. 2015 30,262 15.5%
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As of the census of 2000, there were 20,235 people, 7,987 households, and 5,319 families residing in the city. The population density was 692.0 people per square mile (267.2/km²). There were 8,693 housing units at an average density of 297.3 per square mile (114.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 82.89% White, 13.78% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.00% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.26% of the population.

There were 7,987 households out of which 30.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.7% were married couples living together, 15.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the city, the population was spread out with 23.9% under the age of 18, 11.2% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $35,118, and the median income for a family was $45,094. Males had a median income of $31,207 versus $24,420 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,366. About 9.3% of families and 13.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.0% of those under age 18 and 16.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Lebanon is host to the annual Wilson County Fair, which is considered by Busy Bee Trader Magazine (based in Greenbrier, TN) to be the best County Fair in Tennessee. The Wilson County Fair has been listed as one of the top 50 fairs in North America by attendance in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

The fair has also been named as one of the top events to attend by Southeastern Tourism and voted the "Best Fair" by the Middle Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation. It has paid attendance more than double that of the Tennessee State Fair.

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