Fentress County, Tennessee

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


The County is located north-east of the geographic center of Tennessee, is located in the north about 10 miles from Kentucky and has an area of ​​1292 square kilometers, of which 1 square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Pickett County, Scott County, Morgan County, Cumberland County, Overton County and Putnam County. Part of the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area is located in this county.


  • Allardt
  • Jamestown

Unincorporated communities

  • Armathwaite
  • Banner Springs
  • Boatland
  • Clarkrange
  • Forbus
  • Grimsley
  • Little Crab
  • Mount Helen
  • Pall Mall
  • Shirley
  • Tinchtown
  • Wilder


Fentress County was formed on November 28, 1823 from parts of Morgan County and Overton County. It was named after James Fentress, a politician from Tennessee.

Demographic data


According to the census in 2000 living in Fentress County 16,625 people in 6,693 households and 4,818 families. The population density was 13 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 99.24 percent White, 0.11 percent African American, 0.15 percent Native American, 0.10 percent Asian, and 0.03 percent from other races; 0.37 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.54 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 6,693 households out of which 31.6 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 57.3 percent were married couples living together, 11.3 percent were single mothers and 28.0 percent were non-families. 25.5 percent of all households and 11.1 percent lived in persons aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average household size was 2.94 people.

24.2 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 8.0 percent between 18 to 24, 28.1 percent between 25 and 44, 26.1 percent between 45 and 64 and 13.7 percent were older than 65, the average age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.2 males statistically every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

The median income for a household was $ 23,238, and the median income for a family was $ 28,856. Males have a median income of $ 23,606, women $ 18,729. The per capita income was $ 12,999. 19.5 percent of families and 23.1 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.