Ripley, Tennessee

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Ripley is a city in Lauderdale County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 7,844 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County.[3] The current mayor is Jon Pavletic.



Ripley is located at 35°44′35″N 89°32′2″W / 35.74306°N 89.53389°W / 35.74306; -89.53389 (35.743115, -89.533872).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33.3 km²), of which, 12.8 square miles (33.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.

Ripley is located on the southeastern edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquake risk.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,844 people, 3,142 households, and 2,054 families residing in the city. The population density was 612.3 people per square mile (236.4/km²). There were 3,397 housing units at an average density of 265.2/sq mi (102.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.56% White, 46.81% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

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