Clay County (Tennessee)

Clay County is a county located in the state of Tennessee in the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Celina.


The County is located in the north of Tennessee, bordering Kentucky and has an area of 671 square kilometers, of which 60 square kilometers are water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Monroe County ( Kentucky), Cumberland County (Kentucky), Pickett County, Overton County, Jackson County and Macon County.


Clay County was formed on June 24, 1870 from parts of Jackson County and Overton County. It was named after Henry Clay, an American statesman and President of the Senate and House of Representatives.

Demographic data


According to the census in 2000 lived in Clay County 7,976 people in 3,379 households and 2,331 families. The population density was 13 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 96.75 percent White, 1.44 percent African American, 0.33 percent Native American, 0.14 percent Asian, 0.11 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.24 percent from other races groups; 0.99 percent were descended from two or more races. 1.35 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 3,379 households out of which 27.7 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 54.7 percent were married couples living together, 9.7 percent were single mothers and 31.0 percent were non-families. 27.6 percent of all households and 12.0 percent lived in persons aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average household size was 2.80 people.

21.5 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 7.9 percent between 18 to 24, 27.4 percent between 25 and 44, 27.6 percent between 45 and 64 and 15.7 percent were older than 65, the average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.6 males statistically every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household was $ 23,958, and the median income for a family was $ 29,784. Males have a median income of $ 23,513, women $ 16,219. The per capita income was $ 13,320. 14.3 percent of families and 19.1 percent of the population lived below the poverty line $.