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Lewis County, Tennessee
Map

Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded December 23, 1843
Seat Hohenwald
Largest City Hohenwald
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

282 sq mi (730 km²)
282 sq mi (730 km²)
0.4 sq mi (1 km²), 0.1%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

12,161
43/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.lewiscountytn.com
Named for: Meriwether Lewis

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,161. Its county seat is Hohenwald. The county is named for explorer Meriwether Lewis, who died and was buried at Grinder's Stand near Hohenwald in 1809.

History

Meriwether Lewis National Monument and Gravesite
Meriwether Lewis National Monument and Gravesite, April 2014.

Lewis County was formed in 1843 from parts of Perry, Hickman, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties. It was named for explorer Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Lewis's grave is located at the geographic center of the county. The bill for its creation was proposed by Powhatan Gordon in the Tennessee State Senate.

On October 7, 2009, a ceremony was held at the cemetery to commemorate the bicentennial of Lewis's death. A bust of Lewis was presented to the National Park Service, which manages the site.

Lewis County was the site of the Cane Creek Massacre.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 282 square miles (730 km2), of which 282 square miles (730 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.1%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Natchez Trace Parkway (part)

State protected areas

  • Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
  • Devil's Backbone State Natural Area
  • Dry Branch State Natural Area
  • Hick Hill Wildlife Management Area
  • Langford Branch State Natural Area
  • Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area
  • Lewis State Forest

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 4,438
1860 2,241 −49.5%
1870 1,986 −11.4%
1880 2,181 9.8%
1890 2,555 17.1%
1900 4,455 74.4%
1910 6,033 35.4%
1920 5,707 −5.4%
1930 5,258 −7.9%
1940 5,849 11.2%
1950 6,078 3.9%
1960 6,269 3.1%
1970 6,761 7.8%
1980 9,700 43.5%
1990 9,247 −4.7%
2000 11,367 22.9%
2010 12,161 7.0%
Est. 2015 11,854 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Lewis County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Lewis County

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,367 people, 4,381 households, and 3,215 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 4,821 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.07% White, 1.45% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,381 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,444, and the median income for a family was $35,972. Males had a median income of $27,060 versus $19,847 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,664. About 10.30% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

City

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

  • Aethra
  • Bachelder
  • Blondy
  • Buffalo Valley
  • Gordonsburg
  • Kimmins
  • Kitchens
  • Lomax Crossroads
  • Metal Ford
  • Napier
  • Oak Grove
  • Providence
  • Riverside
  • Ruppertown
  • Salem
  • Shubert
  • Sweetwater
  • Theodore
  • Voorhies
  • West Hohenwald

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