Dyer, Tennessee

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Dyer is a city in Gibson County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 2,406 at the 2000 census. Dyer was originally known as Peck's Switch, a name given by railroad workers in the early days of rail.

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Tornado outbreak of April 2, 2006

Dyer was hit directly by an F3 tornado on April 2, 2006; which devastated the town and left 15 people dead. Early estimates were that over 1,500 homes were destroyed in Dyer and other areas of Gibson County. Of the 15 people that died that evening, 5 were in the nearby town of Bradford, including a family of four. Two died just east of Rutherford. The remaining deaths were in Dyer County about 15 miles west of Dyer.

Geography

Dyer is located at 36°4′9″N 88°59′30″W / 36.06917°N 88.99167°W / 36.06917; -88.99167 (36.069267, -88.991620)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,406 people, 979 households, and 673 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,064.3 people per square mile (411.0/km²). There were 1,053 housing units at an average density of 465.8/sq mi (179.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 80.34% White, 18.54% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.04% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.54% of the population.

There were 979 households out of which 27.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.87.

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