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Somerville, Tennessee

Somerville is a town located in Fayette County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 2,519. It is the county seat of Fayette County6.

Geography Somerville is located at 35°14'15" North, 89°21'30" West (35.237623, -89.358400)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 29.4 km² (11.4 mi²). 28.9 km² (11.2 mi²) of it is land and 0.5 km² (0.2 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.58% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 2,519 people, 1,006 households, and 618 families residing in the town. The population density is 87.1/km² (225.4/mi²). There are 1,070 housing units at an average density of 37.0/km² (95.8/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 59.94% White, 39.38% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.04% from other races, and 0.48% from two or more races. 0.24% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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

In the town the population is spread out with 24.3% under the age of 18, 10.0% from 18 to 24, 24.9% from 25 to 44, 20.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 76.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $21,225, and the median income for a family is $29,750. Males have a median income of $26,094 versus $22,768 for females. The per capita income for the town is $15,636. 25.4% of the population and 18.3% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 29.0% are under the age of 18 and 25.0% are 65 or older.

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