Bedford County, Tennessee

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Bedford County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 31,586. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 35,204. Its county seat is Shelbyville[1].



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 475 square miles (1,230.2 km2), of which 474 square miles (1,227.7 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.25%) is water.

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The county was created in 1807 when the citizens of Rutherford County living south of the Duck River and the Stones River successfully petitioned the governor to split Rutherford County into two. The new county was named after Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, who was a large landowner in the area. Once the state's largest and most populous county, Bedford County has progressively reduced in size since 1809. The county was pro-Confederate but Shelbyville was mostly loyal to the Union.

Confederate general Nathan Bedford Forrest was born in Chapel Hill (now in Marshall County) in 1821.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 37,586 people, 13,905 households, and 10,345 families residing in the county. The population density was 79 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 14,990 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.84% White, 11.48% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.73% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. 7.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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