Sparta, Tennessee

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Sparta is a city in White County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 4,599 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of White County[3]. It was the hometown of Lester Flatt of the bluegrass music legends Flatt and Scruggs.



Sparta is located at 35°55′56″N 85°28′11″W / 35.93222°N 85.46972°W / 35.93222; -85.46972 (35.932335, -85.469837)[4], approximately fifteen miles south of Cookeville. The city is situated on the Highland Rim, near the base of the western escarpment of the Cumberland Plateau. The Calfkiller River traverses Sparta north-to-south en route to its confluence with the Caney Fork River several miles to the south.

Sparta is centered just east of the junction of U.S. Route 70, which connects Sparta with Knoxville to the east and Nashville to the west, and State Route 111, which connects Sparta with Kentucky to the north and Chattanooga to the south.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.4 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,599 people, 1,952 households, and 1,270 families residing in the city. A special census was later conducted by the City of Sparta in 2001 making the official population at 5,030. The population density was 725.2 people per square mile (280.1/km²). There were 2,192 housing units at an average density of 345.7/sq mi (133.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.82% White, 5.28% African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.67% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.15% of the population.

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