Bruceton, Tennessee

Coordinates: 36°2′14″N 88°14′42″W / 36.03722°N 88.24500°W / 36.03722; -88.24500
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Bruceton, Tennessee
Templeton Park
Templeton Park
Location of Bruceton in Carroll County, Tennessee.
Location of Bruceton in Carroll County, Tennessee.
Bruceton is located in Tennessee
Location of Bruceton, Tennessee
Coordinates: 36°2′14″N 88°14′42″W / 36.03722°N 88.24500°W / 36.03722; -88.24500[1]
CountryUnited States
Named forW.P. Bruce[3]
 • Total1.68 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Land1.68 sq mi (4.36 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
472 ft (144 m)
 • Total1,507
 • Density895.96/sq mi (345.94/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code731
FIPS code47-08960[6]
GNIS feature ID1305469[7]

Bruceton is a town in Carroll County, Tennessee, United States. The population was 1,507 in the 2020 census.

Bruceton and neighboring town Hollow Rock share a school district, the Hollow Rock-Bruceton Special School District.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km2), all land.


Historical population

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 1554 people and 640 households in the town. The population density was 800.4 inhabitants per square mile (309.0/km2). There were 702 housing units at an average density of 361.6/sq mi (139.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 94.14% White, 4.36% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.32% of the population.

There were 640 households, out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 13.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 31.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.78.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 22.6% from 25 to 44, 24.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,409, and the median income for a family was $36,176. Males had a median income of $31,146 versus $19,323 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,711. About 17.4% of families and 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.6% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.


Radio stations[edit]


The Carroll County News-Leader

Notable person[edit]


With a once-thriving textile and railroad economy now firmly in the past, Bruceton has become something of a ghost town struggling to maintain an identity as a community. The town was named after William P. Bruce, a VP of the N.C. & St. Louis Railroad, who determined the railroad route would run through the town.[11]


  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  2. ^ Tennessee Blue Book, 2005-2006, pp. 618-625.
  3. ^ Carroll County Chamber of Commerce, Bruceton Archived 2013-08-24 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved: 17 January 2013.
  4. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "Census Population API". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 15, 2022.
  6. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  7. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. October 25, 2007. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 11, 2013. Retrieved December 11, 2013.
  10. ^ Spears, Joseph. "Former San Francisco 49ers star Patrick Willis credits Bruceton with his NFL success". The Jackson Sun. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
  11. ^ [1] Article on ghost towns of the 21st century on The Atlantic, October 20, 2015. Retrieved January 21, 2021.

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