Somerville, Tennessee

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Somerville is a town in Fayette County, Tennessee, United States. It is part of the Memphis metropolitan area. The population was 2,519 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Fayette County[3].



Somerville was named to honor Lieutenant Robert Somerville, who was killed in 1814 during the Battle of Horseshoe Bend in central Alabama while serving under General Andrew Jackson.[4] Somerville was incorporated in 1836.


Somerville is located at 35°14′15″N 89°21′30″W / 35.2375°N 89.35833°W / 35.2375; -89.35833 (35.237623, -89.358400)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.4 square miles (29.4 km²), of which, 11.2 square miles (28.9 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²) of it (1.58%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,519 people, 1,006 households, and 618 families residing in the town. The population density was 225.4 people per square mile (87.1/km²). There were 1,070 housing units at an average density of 95.8/sq mi (37.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 59.94% White, 39.38% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.24% of the population.

There were 1,006 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.3% were married couples living together, 19.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.08.

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