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Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
—  City  —
Town square in Lawrenceburg with a statue of David Crockett in the center.
Motto: "Where Tradition Meets Progress"
Location of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee
Coordinates: 35°14′37″N 87°20′4″W / 35.24361°N 87.33444°W / 35.24361; -87.33444Coordinates: 35°14′37″N 87°20′4″W / 35.24361°N 87.33444°W / 35.24361; -87.33444
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Lawrence
 - Type Mayor and City Council
 - Mayor: Keith Durham
 - City Council: Jerry Moore, Ronald Fox, Butch Morrow, Robin Williams
 - Total 12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)
 - Land 12.6 sq mi (32.6 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 896 ft (273 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,796
 Density 857.6/sq mi (331.1/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38464
Area code(s) 931
FIPS code 47-41340[1]
GNIS feature ID 1290790[2]

Lawrenceburg is a city in Lawrence County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 10,796 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lawrence County[3]. Lawrenceburg is southwest of Nashville and named after James Lawrence. The city hosts the annual Southeast Law Enforcement Training Seminar, drawing nearly 1,000 police officers to the community each June.



Lawrenceburg is located at 35°14′37″N 87°20′4″W / 35.24361°N 87.33444°W / 35.24361; -87.33444 (35.243491, -87.334563)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (32.6 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 10,796 people, 7,718 households, and 4,967 families residing in the city. The population density was 857.6 people per square mile (331.1/km²). There were 5,166 housing units at an average density of 410.4/sq mi (158.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 93.29% White, 3.94% Black, 0.43% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.84% from other races, and 1.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.67% of the population.

There were 4,718 households, out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.2% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24, and the average family size was 2.84.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 84.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,770, and the median income for a family was $32,856. Males had a median income of $27,264 versus $20,250 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,310. About 12.5% of families and 16.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.0% of those under age 18 and 16.7% of those age 65 or over.


According to a recent theory, the Lawrenceburg area is the likely site of "Chicasa" — the place where Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto and his men wintered in 1540-41 (earlier theories have suggested this campsite to have been in northern Mississippi). The Cherokee sold the area to the USA in 1806.

Upon moving from East Tennessee in the early 1800s, David Crockett established a powder mill in what is now known as David Crockett State Park. Crockett was elected as a commissioner and served on the board that placed Lawrenceburg four miles west of the geographic center of Lawrence County. Crockett was opposed to the city being located in its current location. He and his family lived in Lawrenceburg for several years before moving to West Tennessee after a flood destroyed his mill.

After World War II, the Murray Ohio Manufacturing Company, a U.S. producer of bicycles and outdoor equipment, moved its manufacturing operations to Lawrenceburg, building a new factory and assembly plant. Over the next several decades, the Murray factory grew to be one of the largest in the United States: 42.7 acres under roof.

On April 16, 1998, Lawrence County experienced the first F5 tornado in Tennessee's history. A total of 10 tornadoes were confirmed across Middle Tennessee that day. There were 4 fatalities across the mid state, with 105 injuries. Two fatalities were confirmed in Lawrence County. A 100-year flood struck Lawrenceburg on July 13, 1998, temporarily disabling the city's fresh water supply system. Two people were killed during the flood.

Fred Thompson Rally in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

In more recent history, Lawrenceburg played host to the homecoming of former senator turned actor and 2008 presidential hopeful Fred Thompson. Nearly 10,000 people from across the country, along with members of the national media, were present in Downtown Lawrenceburg for the historic occasion.

Television Broadcasting

  • WLLP-CA Channel 13 TV

Radio Broadcasting

Notable people born or raised here


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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