Tipton County, Tennessee

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Tipton County is a county located on the western end of the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 51,271. Its county seat is Covington[1]. Tipton County is part of the Memphis, TN–MSAR Metropolitan Statistical Area, centered on Shelby County, which borders Tipton on the south.



The major north-south route, U.S. Highway 51, bisects Tipton County into a western half and eastern half, and passes through Covington. The western boundary of Tipton County is the Mississippi River, where Tennessee meets Arkansas; however, in several places where the river's course was altered by the 1812 New Madrid earthquake, the boundary still follows the old alignment of the river, with the result that a few of Tipton County's communities — including Reverie and Corona — are exclaved on the Arkansas side, rather than the Tennessee side, of the river.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 475 square miles (1,230 km²), of which 459 square miles (1,190 km²) is land and 15 square miles (40 km²) (3.23%) is water.

Tipton County is situated on the southeastern edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquake risk.

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