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Hamblen County, Tennessee

Hamblen County, Tennessee
Hamblen County Courthouse in Morristown
Map of Tennessee highlighting Hamblen County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the United States highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded 1870
Named for Hezekiah Hamblen[1]
Seat Morristown
Largest city Morristown
 • Total 176 sq mi (456 km2)
 • Land 161 sq mi (417 km2)
 • Water 15 sq mi (39 km2), 8.3%
 • (2010) 62,544
 • Density 388/sq mi (150/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website .ushamblencountygovernment

Hamblen County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 62,544.[2] Its county seat is Morristown.[3]

Hamblen County is part of the Morristown, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the Knoxville-Morristown-Sevierville, TN Combined Statistical Area.[4]


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
    • Adjacent counties 2.1
    • State protected areas 2.2
    • Other historic sites 2.3
  • Demographics 3
  • Communities 4
    • Cities and Towns 4.1
    • Unincorporated communities 4.2
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Hamblen County was created in 1870 from parts of Jefferson, Grainger, and Greene counties. The county is named in honor of Hezekiah Hamblen (1775–1854),[1][5] an early settler, landowner, attorney, and member of the Hawkins County Court for many years. Governor Dewitt Clinton Senter, a resident of the county, used his influence to assist in its establishment.[6]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 176 square miles (460 km2), of which 161 square miles (420 km2) is land and 15 square miles (39 km2) (8.3%) is water.[7] It is the third-smallest county in Tennessee by land area and fourth-smallest by total area.

Adjacent counties

State protected areas

Other historic sites


Age pyramid Hamblen County, based on 2000 census data.

As of the census[13] of 2010, there were 62,544 people, 29,693 households, and 17,161 families residing in the county. The population density was 388 people per square mile (138/km²). There were 24,560 housing units at an average density of 153 per square mile (59/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 84.2% White, 10.7% Hispanic or Latino, 4% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, and 0.1% Pacific Islander.

There were 24,560 households out of which 28.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.1% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals living alone and 11.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.98.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 20, 5.7% from 20 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.7% from 45 to 64, and 15.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.6 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,807, and the median income for a family was $48,353. Males had a median income of $36,166 versus $27,094 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,162. 17.7% of the population and 13.2% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.7% are under the age of 65 and 19.3% are 65 or older.


Cities and Towns

Unincorporated communities

See also


  1. ^ a b Mrs. Burwin Haun, "Hamblen County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 16 October 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 2, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 27, 2014. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 147. 
  6. ^ "Hamblen's History," Morristown Citizen Tribune, 12 September 2012. Retrieved: 16 October 2013.
  7. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  11. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  13. ^ "American FactFinder".  

External links

  • Official site
  • , Morristown's newspaperThe Citizen Tribune
  • Hamblen County Board of Education
  • Hamblen County TNGenWeb site
  • The Morristown-Hamblen Public Library website
  • Hamblen County at DMOZ

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