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Fentress County, Tennessee

Fentress County is a county located in the U.S. State of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population is 16,625. Its county seat is Jamestown6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,292 km² (499 mi²). 1,291 km² (499 mi²) of it is land and 1 km² (0 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.07% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 16,625 people, 6,693 households, and 4,818 families residing in the county. The population density is 13/km² (33/mi²). There are 7,598 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (15/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 99.24% White, 0.11% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.03% from other races, and 0.37% from two or more races. 0.54% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,693 households out of which 31.60% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.30% are married couples living together, 11.30% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% are non-families. 25.50% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.10% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.46 and the average family size is 2.94.

In the county, the population is spread out with 24.20% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 13.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $23,238, and the median income for a family is $28,856. Males have a median income of $23,606 versus $18,729 for females. The per capita income for the county is $12,999. 23.10% of the population and 19.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 27.80% are under the age of 18 and 20.50% are 65 or older.

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