Decatur County, Tennessee

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Decatur County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population is 11,731. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 11,686 [1]. Its county seat is Decaturville[1].

This county is named after naval hero Stephen Decatur, Jr., who gained national recognition in the Barbary Wars and the War of 1812 by his leadership and achievements at sea. The county was created in November 1845 from the part of Perry County west of the Tennessee River in response to a petition by citizens on the west side of the river who lacked easy access to the county seat, on the east side of the river.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 345 square miles (893.5 km2), of which 334 square miles (865.1 km2) is land and 11 square miles (28.5 km2) (3.19%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,731 people, 4,908 households, and 3,415 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²).

There were 6,448 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.12% White, 3.47% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.20% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. 1.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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