Van Buren County (Tennessee)

Van Buren County is a county located in the state of Tennessee in the United States. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Spencer.


The County is located east of the geographic center of Tennessee and has an area of 711 square kilometers, of which 3 square miles is water area. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: White County, Cumberland County, Bledsoe County, Sequatchie County and Warren County.


Van Buren County was on January 3, 1840 parts of the Bledsoe County, Wareen County and White County. It was named for Martin Van Buren, the eighth U.S. president.

Demographic data


According to the census in 2000 lived in Van Buren County 5,508 people in 2,180 households and 1,619 families. The population density was 8 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 99.02 percent White, 0.13 percent African American, 0.18 percent Native American, 0.07 percent Asian, and 0.09 percent from other races; 0.51 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.33 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 2,180 households out of which 30.5 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 59.5 percent were married couples living together, 11.0 percent were single mothers and 25.7 percent were non-families. 21.9 percent of all households and 8.7 percent lived in persons aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average household size was 2.90 people.

23.0 percent of the population were under 18 years old, 9.2 percent between 18 to 24, 27.5 percent between 25 and 44, 26.3 percent between 45 and 64 and 14.0 percent were older than 65, the average age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males statistically every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 males.

The median income for a household was $ 28,165, and the median income for a family was $ 34,949. Males had a median income of $ 25,938, women $ 20,911. The per capita income was $ 17,497. 13.7 percent of families and 15.2 percent of the population lived below the poverty line.