|Lawrence County, Tennessee|
Location in the state of Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
618 sq mi (1,600 km²)
617 sq mi (1,598 km²)
1 sq mi (2 km²), .12%
65/sq mi (25/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
The county was named in honor of Captain James Lawrence (1781-1813) who, while commanding the USS Chesapeake in an 1813 engagement with the Royal Navy frigate HMS Shannon, issued the famous command: "Don't give up the ship!". Lawrence died of wounds received during the engagement.
The earliest settlers of European ancestry were largely from the Carolinas. In the early years, most residents were farmers, supported by a few tradesmen, such as harnessmakers, blacksmiths, and carpenters.
Lawrenceburg was chosen as the county seat in 1819 because it was near the center of the county and Jackson's Military Road ran on the eastern edge of the town. In April, 1821, the road was rerouted through the center of the town. This road, which was a major thoroughfare from Natchez, to Nashville, played a significant role in the development of the county.
An early resident who served as one of the county's first commissioners and justices of the peace was David Crockett, who lived in the county for a few years and ran a water-powered grist mill, powder mill and distillery in the area of county where David Crockett State Park is now located.
In the early 1870's, a large number of German Catholics moved into the area, including many skilled tradesmen. After the arrival of the railroad in 1883 the county became a major producer of iron ore.
Between 1908 and 1915, there was an influx of residents from Alabama. Most of these newcomers were cotton growers or in the timber industry. The timber industry declined because forests were not replanted after trees were harvested, but cotton continued to be a major crop until the 1960s.
In 1944, Amish people migrated into the area and established a community in northern Lawrence County. The Old Order Amish community is still in existence. It is considered a tourist attraction.
Today, Lawreceburg is home to many, some of which don't even live there anymore.
People are extremely friendly, and everyone knows everyone.
You either love it or hate, if you haven't really been there that long, you'll probly hate it, but it's true it grows on you! =)
- U.S. Highway 43/ Tennessee State Route 6
- U.S. Highway 64/ Tennessee State Route 15
- Natchez Trace Parkway
- Lewis County (north)
- Maury County (northeast)
- Giles County (east)
- Lauderdale County (south)
- Wayne County (west)
As of the census² of 2000, there were 39,926 people, 15,480 households, and 11,362 families residing in the county. The population density was 25/km² (65/sq mi). There were 16,821 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (27/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 96.83% White, 1.47% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 1.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 15,480 households out of which 33.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.10% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.60% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.02.
In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 23.00% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,498, and the median income for a family was $35,326. Males had a median income of $27,742 versus $20,928 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,848. About 10.70% of families and 14.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.20% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.
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