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Smithville, Tennessee


Smithville, Tennessee

Smithville, Tennessee
Smithville Watertower
Smithville Watertower
Location of Smithville, Tennessee
Location of Smithville, Tennessee
Country United States
State Tennessee
County DeKalb
Founded 1838[1]
Incorporated 1843[2]
Named for Samuel Granville Smith, local politician[1]
 • Total 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 • Land 5.9 sq mi (15.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,037 ft (316 m)
Population (2000)2010 Census, Smithville had a population of 4,530 people 2010 census
 • Total 4,530
 • Density 679.4/sq mi (262.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 37166
Area code(s) 615
FIPS code 47-69320[3]
GNIS feature ID 1313778[4]

Smithville is a city in DeKalb County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 3,994 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of De Kalb County.[5]


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Economy 3
  • Fiddler's Jamboree 4
  • Notable people 5
  • Gallery 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9


Smithville is located at (35.957191, -85.820756),[6] approximately 25 miles west of Cookeville and 70 miles east of Nashville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15 km2), all land.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 3,994 people, 1,675 households, and 1,065 families residing in the city. The population density was 679.4 people per square mile (262.3/km²). There were 1,837 housing units at an average density of 312.5 per square mile (120.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 94.34% White, 2.73% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 1.65% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.06% of the population.

There were 1,675 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 33.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,482, and the median income for a family was $30,179. Males had a median income of $29,231 versus $20,705 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,854. About 15.4% of families and 22.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.3% of those under age 18 and 25.8% of those age 65 or over.

Referred to by a local-boy marine talking to a girl and pointing to labels on a map during a dance hall scene, 17 minutes into the 1949 WW2 John Wayne film, 'Sands of Iwo Jima', where it is mentioned, apart from everybody in his family being related to much of Tennessee, as being famous for "corn tobacco" and "more fertilizer than any other place in the world".


Fiddler's Jamboree

Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree & Crafts Festival
Genre Bluegrass music, old-time music
Years active 1972-present
Attendance 100,000+

Joe L. Evins helped start the world famous Smithville Fiddler's Jamboree & Crafts Festival. The first Jamboree was held in July 1972 on a stage built on the steps of the DeKalb County Courthouse, and has been held there annually on the weekend nearest to July 4. The first Jamboree attracted 714 musicians from 16 states, and was attended by an estimated audience of 8,000. Present day audiences are estimated to be well over 100,000 from all over the U.S., and many from abroad. [10]

Notable people


See also


  1. ^ a b Thomas Gray Webb, "City of Smithville - History, 1995. Retrieved: 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses".  
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Information paraphrased from: . See also: and

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