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Lewis County, Tennessee

Lewis County, Tennessee
Lewis County Courthouse, April 2014
Map of Tennessee highlighting Lewis County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded December 23, 1843
Named for Meriwether Lewis[1]
Seat Hohenwald
Largest city Hohenwald
 • Total 282 sq mi (730 km2)
 • Land 282 sq mi (730 km2)
 • Water 0.4 sq mi (1 km2), 0.1%
 • (2010) 12,161
 • Density 43/sq mi (17/km²)
Congressional district 7th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website .com.lewiscountytnwww

Lewis County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,161.[2] Its county seat is Hohenwald.[3] The county is named for explorer Meriwether Lewis, who died and was buried at Grinder's Stand near Hohenwald in 1809.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • National protected area 2.2
    • State protected areas 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • City 4.1
    • Census-designated place 4.2
    • Unincorporated communities 4.3
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Meriwether Lewis National Monument and Gravesite, April 2014.

Lewis County was formed in 1843 from parts of Perry, Hickman, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties.[1] It was named for explorer Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis and Clark expedition.[4] Lewis's grave is located at the geographic center of the county. On October 7, 2009, a ceremony was held at the cemetery to commemorate the bicentennial of Lewis's death. A bust of Lewis was presented to the National Park Service, which manages the site.[5]

Lewis County was the site of the Cane Creek Massacre.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 282 square miles (730 km2), of which 282 square miles (730 km2) is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) (0.1%) is water.[6]

Adjacent counties

National protected area

State protected areas

  • Auntney Hollow State Natural Area
  • Devil's Backbone State Natural Area
  • Dry Branch State Natural Area
  • Hick Hill Wildlife Management Area
  • Langford Branch State Natural Area
  • Laurel Hill Wildlife Management Area
  • Lewis State Forest


Age pyramid Lewis County[12]

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 11,367 people, 4,381 households, and 3,215 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 4,821 housing units at an average density of 17 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.07% White, 1.45% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.29% from other races, and 0.80% from two or more races. 1.20% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,381 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.90% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 23.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,444, and the median income for a family was $35,972. Males had a median income of $27,060 versus $19,847 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,664. About 10.30% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 12.20% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

  • Aethra
  • Bachelder
  • Blondy
  • Buffalo Valley
  • Gordonsburg
  • Kimmins
  • Kitchens
  • Lomax Crossroads
  • Metal Ford
  • Napier
  • Oak Grove
  • Providence
  • Riverside
  • Ruppertown
  • Salem
  • Shubert
  • Sweetwater
  • Theodore
  • Voorhies
  • West Hohenwald

See also


  1. ^ a b Marjorie Graves, "Lewis County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 21 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 3, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 185. 
  5. ^ "First National Memorial Service for Meriwether Lewis, 21 August 2009. Retrieved: 21 October 2013.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  12. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Official site
  • Lewis County, TNGenWeb - free genealogy resources for the county
  • Lewis County at DMOZ

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