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Overton County, Tennessee
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Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded September 1806
Seat Livingston
Largest town Livingston
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

435 sq mi (1,127 km²)
433 sq mi (1,121 km²)
1.4 sq mi (4 km²), 0.3%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

22,083
51/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.overtoncountytn.com
Named for: John Overton

Overton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,083. Its county seat is Livingston.

Overton County is part of the Cookeville, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

On May 10, 1933, a half-mile wide F4 tornado struck the small community of Beatty Swamps (also referred to as Bethsadia). The tornado destroyed every structure in the town and either killed or injured nearly every inhabitant, with 33 of the 35 deaths occurring in the area. Much of the area was swept clean of debris, a reaper-binder was thrown 500 yards (460 m), and cars were moved hundreds of feet.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 433 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Overton County straddles the Eastern Highland Rim, and generally consists of low, rolling hills divided by narrow creek valleys. The backwaters of Dale Hollow Lake, namely the Mitchell Creek and Big Eagle Creek sections, spill over into the northern part of the county. The Southeast part of the county is on the Cumberland Plateau

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

  • Alpine Mountain Wildlife Management Area
  • Jackson Swamp Wildlife Management Area
  • Standing Stone State Forest (part)
  • Standing Stone State Park

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1810 5,643
1820 7,128 26.3%
1830 8,242 15.6%
1840 9,279 12.6%
1850 11,211 20.8%
1860 12,637 12.7%
1870 11,297 −10.6%
1880 12,153 7.6%
1890 12,039 −0.9%
1900 13,353 10.9%
1910 15,854 18.7%
1920 17,617 11.1%
1930 18,079 2.6%
1940 18,883 4.4%
1950 17,566 −7.0%
1960 14,661 −16.5%
1970 14,866 1.4%
1980 17,575 18.2%
1990 17,636 0.3%
2000 20,118 14.1%
2010 22,083 9.8%
Est. 2015 22,129 0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Overton County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Overton County

As of the census of 2000, there were 20,118 people, 8,110 households, and 5,920 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 9,168 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.59% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 2.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,110 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% 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 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,915, and the median income for a family was $32,156. Males had a median income of $25,287 versus $19,674 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,910. About 12.30% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 20.50% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Town

Unincorporated communities


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