Bell Buckle, Tennessee

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Bell Buckle is a town in Bedford County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 391 at the 2000 census.



Bell Buckle is located at 35°35′27″N 86°21′15″W / 35.59083°N 86.35417°W / 35.59083; -86.35417 (35.590749, -86.354047)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 391 people, 167 households, and 105 families residing in the town. The population density was 813.6 people per square mile (314.5/km²). There were 183 housing units at an average density of 380.8/sq mi (147.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.95% White and 2.05% African American.

There were 167 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.1% were non-families. 35.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.7% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 26.1% from 25 to 44, 28.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 109.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $27,188, and the median income for a family was $40,000. Males had a median income of $30,417 versus $15,556 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,235. About 8.2% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.4% of those under age 18 and 18.3% of those age 65 or over.


The origin of the town's unusual name is not known. According to the local chamber of commerce, one story says that one of the first white men to travel through the area found a tree with carvings of a cow bell and a buckle, possibly carved by Indians to warn white settlers away, or possibly carved by surveyors to mark the area as good pasture. Another form of the legend holds that a bell and buckle were tied around a tree. In any case, the nearby creek was named Bell Buckle Creek, and the town later took the name of the creek.[4]

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