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Weakley County
Weakley County Courthouse in Dresden
Weakley County Courthouse in Dresden
Official seal of Weakley County
Map of Tennessee highlighting Weakley County
Location within the U.S. state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Tennessee
Founded October 21, 1823
Named for Robert Weakley
Seat Dresden
Largest city Martin
 • Total 582 sq mi (1,510 km2)
 • Land 580 sq mi (1,500 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2)  0.2%%
 • Total 32,902 Decrease
 • Density 56.5/sq mi (21.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−6 (Central)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−5 (CDT)
Congressional district 8th

Weakley County is a county located in the northwest of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 35,021. Its county seat is Dresden, and its largest city is Martin, the home of the University of Tennessee at Martin. The county was established by the Tennessee General Assembly on October 21, 1823, and is named for U.S. Congressman Robert Weakley (1764–1845). Weakley County comprises the Martin, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Weakley County was established in 1823. The county was the state's largest corn producer during the 19th century, though soybeans became the county's leading crop in the latter half of the 20th century.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 582 square miles (1,510 km2), of which 580 square miles (1,500 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.2%) is water. The North Fork of the Obion River flows through the northern half of the county, the Middle Fork flows across the central portion of the county, and the South Fork flows across the southern part of the county. The Obion is a tributary of the Mississippi River.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

  • Bean Switch Refuge
  • Big Cypress Tree State Natural Area
  • Big Cypress Tree State Park
  • Harts Mill Wetland Wildlife Management Area (part)
  • Obion River Wildlife Management Area (part)


Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 4,797
1840 9,870 105.8%
1850 14,608 48.0%
1860 18,216 24.7%
1870 20,755 13.9%
1880 24,538 18.2%
1890 28,955 18.0%
1900 32,546 12.4%
1910 31,929 −1.9%
1920 31,053 −2.7%
1930 29,262 −5.8%
1940 29,498 0.8%
1950 27,962 −5.2%
1960 24,227 −13.4%
1970 28,827 19.0%
1980 32,896 14.1%
1990 31,972 −2.8%
2000 34,895 9.1%
2010 35,021 0.4%
2018 (est.) 33,415 −4.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Weakley County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Weakley County

2020 census

Weakley County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 27,813 84.53%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,593 7.88%
Native American 52 0.16%
Asian 192 0.58%
Pacific Islander 3 0.01%
Other/Mixed 1,344 4.08%
Hispanic or Latino 905 2.75%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 32,902 people, 13,640 households, and 8,677 families residing in the county.




Unincorporated communities


Weakley County Schools

School District website -

School Name Team Mascot School Colors School Website
Dresden Elementary School Lions Black, Gold
Dresden Middle School Lions Black/Gold
Dresden High School Lions Black/Gold
Gleason School Bulldogs Orange/Black
Greenfield School Yellowjackets Black/Orange
Martin Elementary School Chargers Blue/White
Martin Middle School Chargers Blue/White
Martin Primary School N/A Blue/Yellow
Sharon School Eagles Purple/Yellow
Westview High School Chargers Royal Blue/Yellow Gold

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