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Perry County, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Perry County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the U.S. highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Seat Linden
Largest city Linden
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

423 sq mi (1,095 km²)
415 sq mi (1,075 km²)
8 sq mi (21 km²), 1.89%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

7,631
18/sq mi (7/km²)
Founded 1819
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It was named after the War of 1812 naval hero Oliver Hazard Perry. As of 2000, the population is 7,631. Its county seat is Linden[1].

Perry County is served by Perry County Airport near Linden, Tennessee. Mousetail Landing State Park is located in the county.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 423 square miles (1,095 km²), of which, 415 square miles (1,075 km²) of it is land and 8 square miles (21 km²) of it (1.89%) is water. Perry County is bordered on the west by the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake), and is bisected (north-south) by the Buffalo River.

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Adjacent counties

History

Perry County was formed in 1819 from parts of Humphreys and Hickman counties. It is named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), American War of 1812 naval officer who, after his flagship was severely damaged, continued the fight from another ship and forced the surrender of the British fleet at the Battle of Lake Erie. Decatur County was formed from the portions of Perry County west of the Tennessee River. The first settlements in the county were along Toms Creek near the Tennessee River, with the first known birth in the area occurring in 1818. This is the first written date involving the area that would become Perry County, but it is evident that the area had some European permanent settlement prior to this.[2] The seat of government and courts were originally located in a small town known as Harrisburg approximately 4 miles south of the current seat of Linden. The county seat was transferred to its current location in Linden in 1848. Harrisburg no longer exists as a municipal entity or recognized location.[3]


Perry County was severely impacted by the economic recession of 2008 and 2009. Unemployment reached 27%, making it the highest in the state of Tennessee, and one of the highest in the United States.[4] The massive amount of unemployment was due to the closure of a major automotive parts plant that employed a significant portion of the county's residents.[5]

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 7,631 people, 3,023 households, and 2,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 18 people per square mile (7/km²). There were 4,115 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.55% White, 1.70% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Age pyramid Perry County[7]

There were 3,023 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,061, and the median income for a family was $34,792. Males had a median income of $26,626 versus $21,053 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,969. About 12.60% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.

Perry County is notable for having the lowest population density in the state of Tennessee.

Localities

Municipalities

Other communities

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ http://www.perrycountytennessee.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=155&Itemid=265
  3. ^ http://www.perrycountytennessee.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=166&Itemid=265
  4. ^ http://www.wsmv.com/money/19473562/detail.html
  5. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/28/us/28county.html
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  7. ^ Based on 2000 census data

External links

Coordinates: 35°38′N 87°52′W / 35.64°N 87.87°W / 35.64; -87.87


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Perry County, Tennessee
Map
File:Map of Tennessee highlighting Perry County.png
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1819
Seat Linden
Largest City Linden
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 1.89%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

7631
Time zone Central : UTC-6/-7
Perry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It was named after the War of 1812 naval hero, Oliver Hazard Perry. As of 2000, the population is 7,631. Its county seat is Linden6.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,095 km² (423 sq mi). 1,075 km² (415 sq mi) of it is land and 21 km² (8 sq mi) of it (1.89%) is water. Perry County is bordered on the west by the Tennessee River (Kentucky Lake), and is bisected (north-south) by the Buffalo River.

Adjacent Counties

History

Perry County was formed in 1819 from parts of Humphreys and Hickman counties. It is named in honor of Oliver Hazard Perry (1785-1819), American War of 1812 naval officer who, after his flagship was damaged, continued the fight from another ship and forced the surrender of the British fleet. Decatur County was formed from the portions of Perry County west of the Tennessee River.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 7,631 people, 3,023 households, and 2,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 7/km² (18/sq mi). There were 4,115 housing units at an average density of 4/km² (10/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.55% White, 1.70% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.14% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 0.80% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,023 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.30% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.40% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,061, and the median income for a family was $34,792. Males had a median income of $26,626 versus $21,053 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,969. About 12.60% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.

Perry County is notable for having the lowest population density in the state of Tennessee.

Cities and towns

External links

Coordinates: 35°38′N 87°52′W / 35.64, -87.87

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