Bledsoe County, Tennessee

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Bledsoe County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population is 12,367. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 12,928 [1]. Its county seat is Pikeville[1].



Bledsoe county was formed in 1807 from land that was formerly Indian Land as well as land carved from Roane County. The county was named for Anthony Bledsoe, a soldier in the Revolutionary War and was an early settler of Sumner County. He was killed in an Indian attack at Bledsoe's Station.[2]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 407 square miles (1,054.1 km2), of which 406 square miles (1,051.5 km2) is land and 0 square miles (0.0 km2) (0.10%) is water.

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As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 12,367 people, 4,430 households, and 3,313 families residing in the county. The population density was 30 people per square mile (12/km²). There were 5,142 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.44% White, 3.70% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 1.12% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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