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Macon County, Tennessee
Seal of Macon County, Tennessee
Map of Tennessee highlighting Macon County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the U.S. highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded 1842
Seat Lafayette
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

307 sq mi (795 km²)
307 sq mi (795 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.02%
 - (2000)
 - Density

67/sq mi (26/km²)

Macon County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 20,386. Its county seat is Lafayette6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 796 km² (307 sq mi). 795 km² (307 sq mi) of it is land and 0 km² (0 sq mi) of it (0.02%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 20,386 people, 7,916 households, and 5,802 families residing in the county. The population density was 26/km² (66/sq mi). There were 8,894 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (29/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 97.86% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 0.77% from other races, and 0.44% from two or more races. 1.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Age pyramid Macon County[1]

There were 7,916 households out of which 35.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.70% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.70% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 23.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.10 males.

The Macon County courthouse, located on the town square of Lafayette

The median income for a household in the county was $29,867, and the median income for a family was $37,577. Males had a median income of $28,170 versus $20,087 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,286. About 11.30% of families and 15.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.00% of those under age 18 and 25.40% of those age 65 or over.

Fun Facts[]

  • Macon County has two major cash crops: corn and tobacco.
  • The county is said to be one of the most "haunted" in Tennessee.
  • The first three digits of the old phone numbers were "666," but this is slowly being phased-out by county officals.
  • Some places of note are: "The Flooded Cave", "Witch's Bridge", and a steep backroad called "Dark Hollow" where the number of barns is said to change with each counting.
  • The town of Lafayette is host to a local festival called "Hillbilly Day".

The official web site of Macon County is

Cities and towns[]


  1. ^ Based on 2000 census data

External links[]

Coordinates: 36°32′N 86°01′W / 36.53, -86.01

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