Chester County, Tennessee

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Chester County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 15,540. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 15,941 [1]. Its county seat is Henderson.[1]

It is defined as part of the Jackson, Tennessee Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 289 square miles (748.5 km2), of which 0.08% is water.

Chickasaw State Park is partially located in Chester County.

Adjacent Counties

History

Chester County was the last county formed in Tennessee, created by the General Assembly in 1875 from adjacent parts of neighboring Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy, and Madison Counties. This land was used to create a county named Wisdom County, but "Wisdom County" was never organized, and in March 1879 the Assembly repealed this and created Chester County out of the same land. Lawsuits by opponents of the creation of the new county delayed actual organization until 1882. Chester County was named for Colonel Robert I. Chester, a quartermaster in the War of 1812, an early postmaster in Jackson, and a federal marshal.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 15,540 people, 5,660 households, and 4,199 families residing in the county. The population density was 54 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 6,178 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.13% White, 10.03% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.23% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 1.07% from two or more races. 0.97% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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