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Overton County, Tennessee
Overton County Courthouse in Livingston
Map of Tennessee highlighting Overton County
Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the U.S. highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Founded September 1806
Named for John Overton[1]
Seat Livingston
Largest town Livingston
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

435 sq mi (1,126 km²)
433 sq mi (1,122 km²)
1.4 sq mi (4 km²), .3%
 - (2010)
 - Density

46/sq mi (18/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Overton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 22,083.[2] Its county seat is Livingston.[3]

Overton County is part of the Cookeville, TN Micropolitan Statistical Area.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 435 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 433 square miles (1,120 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.[4]

Overton County straddles the Eastern Highland Rim, and generally consists of low, rolling hills divided by narrow creek valleys. The backwaters of Dale Hollow Lake, namely the Mitchell Creek and Big Eagle Creek sections, spill over into the northern part of the county.

Adjacent counties[]

State protected areas[]

  • Alpine Mountain Wildlife Management Area
  • Jackson Swamp Wildlife Management Area
  • Standing Stone State Forest (part)
  • Standing Stone State Park


Historical populations
Census Pop.
1810 5,643
1820 7,128 26.3%
1830 8,242 15.6%
1840 9,279 12.6%
1850 11,211 20.8%
1860 12,637 12.7%
1870 11,297 −10.6%
1880 12,153 7.6%
1890 12,039 −0.9%
1900 13,353 10.9%
1910 15,854 18.7%
1920 17,617 11.1%
1930 18,079 2.6%
1940 18,883 4.4%
1950 17,566 −7.0%
1960 14,661 −16.5%
1970 14,866 1.4%
1980 17,575 18.2%
1990 17,636 0.3%
2000 20,118 14.1%
2010 22,083 9.8%
Est. 2012 22,190 10.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[2]

Age pyramid Overton County[6]

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 20,118 people, 8,110 households, and 5,920 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 9,168 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.59% White, 0.28% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.22% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. 2.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,110 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.20% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.90% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,915, and the median income for a family was $32,156. Males had a median income of $25,287 versus $19,674 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,910. About 12.30% of families and 16.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.40% of those under age 18 and 20.50% of those age 65 or over.


View of Overton County from the Goodpasture Mountain Firetower at Standing Stone State Park

  • Allons (unincorporated)
  • Allred (unincorporated)
  • Alpine (unincorporated)
  • Crawford (unincorporated)
  • Hilham (unincorporated)
  • Livingston (town)
  • Mineral Springs (unincorporated)
  • Monroe (unincorporated)
  • Rickman (unincorporated)

1933 tornado[]

On May 10, 1933, a half-mile wide F4 tornado struck the small community of Beatty Swamps (also referred to as Bethsadia). It destroyed every structure in the town and either killed or injured nearly every inhabitant, with 33 of the 35 deaths occurring in the area. Much of the area was swept clean of debris, a reaper-binder was thrown 500 yards (460 m), and cars were moved hundreds of feet.[8][9][10]

Notable people[]

  • Lester Flatt, Bluegrass musician
  • Thomas D. Harp, California state senator born in Overton County
  • Albert H. Roberts, Governor of Tennessee
  • Catherine "Bonny Kate" Sevier, widow of John Sevier
  • James T. Davis, On December 22, 1961, Davis – an American soldier – was killed in an ambush at a military airfield in Asia called Bien Hoa. Not too many people outside of Overton County noticed. But as the years went by, the United States increased its military presence in that Asian country (South Vietnam). Eventually America fought a war there called the Vietnam War. And for many years, Davis was considered to be the first American to die in that war.

See also[]

  • Alpine Institute
  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Overton County, Tennessee
  • Standing Stone State Park
  • USS Overton County (LST-1074)


  1. ^ Michael Birdwell, "Overton County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 17 March 2013.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Retrieved December 6, 2013. 
  6. ^ Based on 2000 census data
  7. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  8. ^ Assorted Historical Events in Middle Tennessee
  9. ^ Neal, Samuel K.. "20 Dead, Many Hurt in Overton Tornado". Archived from the original on May 23, 2007. Retrieved April 22, 2013. 
  10. ^ Grazulis, Significant, pp. 850-851

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