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Tiptonville, Tennessee
—  Town  —
Lake County courthouse in Tiptonville
Location of Tiptonville in Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°22′39″N 89°28′34″W / 36.3775°N 89.47611°W / 36.3775; -89.47611Coordinates: 36°22′39″N 89°28′34″W / 36.3775°N 89.47611°W / 36.3775; -89.47611
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Lake
 - Total 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 - Land 1.4 sq mi (3.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 299 ft (91 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,439
 Density 1,704.0/sq mi (657.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38079
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-74540[1]
GNIS feature ID 1272690[2]

Tiptonville is a town in and the county seat of Lake County, Tennessee, United States.[3] Its population was 2,439 as of the 2000 census. It is also home to the Northwest Correctional Complex, a maximum security prison, known for once housing mass murderer Jessie Dotson, Jr.

According to the Tennessee Historical Society, Tiptonville was established in 1857 but was not incorporated until 1900.[4]

Tiptonville is the birthplace of musician Carl Perkins, and Clifton B. Cates, a former Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Tiptonville was the scene of the surrender of Confederate forces at the end of the 1862 Battle of Island Number Ten in the American Civil War. The monument for this battle is located on State Route 22 approximately three miles north of Tiptonville - since the island itself, main scene of the battle, has been eroded by the flow of the Mississippi River and no longer exists.



Earthquakes in the Tiptonville area since 1974.

Tiptonville is located at 36°22′39″N 89°28′34″W / 36.3775°N 89.47611°W / 36.3775; -89.47611 (36.377610, -89.476022)[5], on a small rise known as the Tiptonville Dome[4] and within the New Madrid Seismic Zone. The Mississippi River is to the west and north, the Kentucky Bend is to the north, and Reelfoot Lake is to the east.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,439 people, 918 households, and 570 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,704.0 people per square mile (658.5/km²). There were 992 housing units at an average density of 693.1/sq mi (267.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 62.57% White, 36.16% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.82% of the population.

There were 918 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.5% were married couples living together, 19.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were non-families. 35.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 28.3% from 25 to 44, 23.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 102.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,475, and the median income for a family was $24,929. Males had a median income of $25,089 versus $18,333 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,843. About 21.1% of families and 26.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.0% of those under age 18 and 28.7% of those age 65 or over.



  • The Lake County Banner


  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. ^ a b TN Encyclopedia: LAKE COUNTY
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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