Sumner County, Tennessee facts for kids
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|County of Sumner|
Old Hickory Lake at Bledsoe Creek State Park
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Jethro Sumner|
|• Total||543 sq mi (1,410 km2)|
|• Land||529 sq mi (1,370 km2)|
|• Water||14 sq mi (40 km2) 2.5%|
|• Density||371.04/sq mi (143.26/km2)|
Sumner County is part of the Nashville-Davidson–Murfreesboro–Franklin, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is made up of eight cities, including Gallatin, Goodlettsville, Hendersonville, Millersville, Mitchellville, Portland, Westmoreland, and White House. Sumner County is 25 miles (40 km) northeast of Nashville, Tennessee.
Sumner County was created in 1786, when Tennessee was still part of North Carolina. The county had been inhabited by Native Americans for centuries, as evidenced by Mississippian period mounds still visible at Castalian Springs. Longhunters traveled to the area as early as the 1760s, following Indian paths through the area. By the early 1780s, several outposts had been erected, most notably Mansker's Station, built by Kasper Mansker at modern Goodlettsville, and Bledsoe's Station, built by Isaac Bledsoe at Castalian Springs.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles (1,410 km2), of which 529 square miles (1,370 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (2.5%) is water.
Sumner County is located in Middle Tennessee on the state's northern border with Kentucky. The Cumberland River was important in early trade and transportation, as it flows into the Ohio River to the west. Sumner County is in the Greater Nashville metropolitan area.
- Davidson County (southwest)
- Macon County (east)
- Robertson County (west)
- Trousdale County (southeast)
- Wilson County (south)
- Allen County, Kentucky (northeast)
- Simpson County, Kentucky (northwest)
State protected areas
- Bledsoe Creek State Park
- Cragfont State Historic Site
- Gallatin Steam Plant Wildlife Management Area
- Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area (part)
- Rock Castle State Historic Site
- Taylor Hollow State Natural Area
- Wynnewood State Historic Site
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||15,537||7.92%|
|Hispanic or Latino||12,870||6.56%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 196,281 people, 70,098 households, and 51,272 families residing in the county.
As of the census of 2010, there were 160,645 people, 60,975 households, and 44,593 families living in the county. The population density was 303.68 persons per square mile. The housing unit density was 115.26 units per square mile. The racial makeup of the county was 89.67% White, 6.42% African American, 1.02% Asian, 0.29% Native American, 0.07% Pacific Islander, and 1.45% from two or more races. Those of Hispanic or Latino origins constituted 3.93% of the population.
Out of all of the households, 26.08% had children under the age of 18 living in them, 57.05% were married couples, 4.37% had a male householder with no wife present, 11.72% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.87% were non-families. 22.07% of all householders were made up of individuals, and 8.29% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.05.
The age distribution was 25.29% under the age of 18, 62.10% ages 18 to 64, and 12.61% ages 65 and over. The median age was 38.6 years. 51.20% of the population were females, and 48.80% were males.
The median household income in the county was $54,916, and the median family income was $65,313. Males had a median income of $46,606, versus $35,256 for females. The per capita income was $26,014. About 7.3% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.9% of those under the age of 18 and 9.4% of those age 65 and over.
- Gallatin (county seat)
- Goodlettsville (partly in Davidson County)
- Millersville (partly in Robertson County)
- Portland (partly in Robertson County)
- White House (small part in Robertson County)
Schools in the county are governed by the Sumner County Board of Education. The twelve-member group consists of eleven elected representatives from each of the eleven educational districts in the county, as well as the Director of Schools. The members serve staggered four-year terms; the Director serves under contract with the Board of Education. The board conducts monthly meetings that are open to the public.
- Saint John Vianney Catholic Elementary School (K–8)
- Southside Christian School (K–12)
- Sumner Academy (K–8)
- John Paul II High School
- Aaron Academy (K-12)
- Volunteer State Community College
- Union University (Hendersonville Campus)
- Welch College
R&B National Recording Artist Nacole Rice was born in Sumner County.
In Spanish: Condado de Sumner (Tennessee) para niños
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