Tennessee County Listings

This is a list of the 95 counties in the State of Tennessee. A county is a local 
level of government smaller than a state and typically larger than a city or town, in 
a U.S. state or territory.
As of 2010, Shelby County was both Tennessee's most populous county, with 927,644 
residents, and the largest county in area, covering an area of 755 sq mi (1,955 km2). 
The least populous county was Pickett County (4,945) and the smallest in area was 
Trousdale County, covering 114 sq mi (295 km2). As of the same year, Davidson County, 
in which the capital Nashville is located, covers 502 sq mi (1,300 km2) with a 
population of 569,891. The population of the state of Tennessee as of the 2000 census 
was 5,689,283 in an area of 42,169 sq mi (109,217 km2). The oldest county is
Washington County, founded in 1777. The most recently formed county is Chester County 
According to the 2000 census, the center of population for Tennessee was located at 

35.795862N 86.397772W, 2.5 mi (4.0 km) south of Murfreesboro in Rutherford County. 
The center of population pinpoints the location at which the population of the state, 
as placed on a map of the state where they reside, would balance out the map. The 
geographic center, the point where the map of Tennessee would balance without the 
population, is located 5 mi (8 km) northeast of Murfreesboro. In 1976, the Rutherford 
County Historical Society marked the geographic center of Tennessee with an obelisk.
Some of the counties were formed in part or completely from lands previously 
controlled by American Indians. The "Indian lands" were territories that American 
Indians had occupied from pre-Columbian times and to which they were granted the 
legal right of occupancy in an act of the United States government. In cases where 
counties had been formed from that territory, the legal right of American Indian 
occupancy was revoked in a federal act prior to the formal establishment of the 
county. For Tennessee, ten treaties were negotiated between 1770 and 1835, defining 
the areas assigned to European settlers and to American Indians, regulating the right 
of occupancy regarding the lands. The remaining indigenous population was eventually 
removed from Tennessee to what became the state of Oklahoma.

For more info see: Origins Of Tennessee County Names

This is a listing of the counties in Tennessee. Please click on the county of your choice to be taken directly to that counties site.

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County County Seat Established County Origins Named For Host Map
Anderson Clinton 1801 Knox and Grainger Counties Joseph Anderson (1757-1847), U.S. senator, judge of the Superior Court of the Territory South of the River Ohio (later Tennessee) and U.S. comptroller of the treasury. ADOPTABLE
Bedford Shelbyville 1807 Rutherford County Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, a large landowner in the area ADOPTABLE
Benton Camden 1835 Humphreys County Creek War veteran David Benton (17791860), an early settler in the county. ADOPTABLE
Bledsoe Pikeville 1807 Roane County and Indian lands Anthony Bledsoe, Revolutionary War soldier, surveyor, and early settler in Sumner County ADOPTABLE
Blount Maryville 1795 Knox County William Blount (17491800), governor of the Southwest Territory and later U.S. Senator Paula Franklin
Bradley Cleveland 1836 Indian Lands Tennessee state legislator Edward Bradley. ADOPTABLE
Campbell Jacksboro 1806 Anderson and Claiborne counties Virginia House of Burgesses member Arthur Campbell (17431811), who was a negotiator of Indian treaties. ADOPTABLE
Cannon Woodbury 1836 Smith and Warren counties Governor of Tennessee Newton Cannon (17811841). ADOPTABLE
Carroll Huntingdon 1821 Indian Lands Governor of Tennessee William Carroll (17881844). ADOPTABLE
Carter Elizabethton 1796 Washington County Speaker of the State of Franklin senate Landon Carter (17101778). ADOPTABLE
Cheatham Ashland City 1856 Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery and Robertson counties Tennessee state legislator Edward Cheatham. ADOPTABLE
Chester Henderson 1879 Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester. ADOPTABLE
Claiborne Tazewell 1801 Grainger and Hawkins counties Governor of Louisiana and Governor of Mississippi Territory William C. C. Claiborne (17751817). ADOPTABLE
Clay Celina 1870 Jackson and Overton counties U.S. Speaker of the House and Secretary of State Henry Clay (17771852). ADOPTABLE
Cocke Newport 1797 Jefferson County William Cocke (17471828), one of Tennessee's first U.S. Senators. ADOPTABLE
Coffee Manchester 1836 Bedford, Warren and Franklin counties John Coffee (17721833), frontiersman, planter, and veteran of Creek War and War of 1812. ADOPTABLE
Crockett Alamo 1871 Haywood, Madison, Dyer and Gibson counties Davy Crockett (17861836), frontier humorist, Congressman, and defender of the Alamo. ADOPTABLE
Cumberland Crossville 1855 White, Bledsoe, Rhea, Morgan, Fentress and Putnam counties The Cumberland Mountains. ADOPTABLE
Davidson Nashville 1783 Part of North Carolina William Lee Davidson (17461781), a Brigadier General who died at the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowan's Ford. ADOPTABLE
Decatur Decaturville 1845 Perry County U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero Stephen Decatur (17791820). ADOPTABLE
DeKalb Smithville 1837 Franklin, Cannon, Jackson and White counties ann de Kalb (17211780), a German-born baron who assisted the Continentals during the American Revolutionary War. ADOPTABLE
Dickson Charlotte 1803 Montgomery and Robertson counties U.S. Representative William Dickson (17701816). ADOPTABLE
Dyer Dyersburg 1823 Indian lands Tennessee state legislator Robert Henry Dyer. ADOPTABLE
Fayette Somerville 1824 Indian lands Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (17571834), a French-born general in the American Revolutionary War. ADOPTABLE
Fentress Jamestown 1823 Morgan, Overton and White counties Tennessee state legislator James Fentress. ADOPTABLE
Franklin Winchester 1807 Rutherford County and Indian lands Publisher, scholar, orator, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin (17061790). ADOPTABLE
Gibson Trenton 1823 Indian lands John H. Gibson, a soldier of the Natchez Expedition and the Creek War. ADOPTABLE
Giles Pulaski 1809 Indian lands U.S. Senator and Governor of Virginia William B. Giles (17621830). ADOPTABLE
Grainger Rutledge 1796 Hawkins and Knox counties Mary Grainger Blount, wife of William Blount and "first lady" of the Southwest Territory, which later became Tennessee. ADOPTABLE
Greene Greeneville 1783 Washington County American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene (17421786). ADOPTABLE
Grundy Altamont 1844 Coffee, Warren and Franklin counties U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (17771840). ADOPTABLE
Hamblen Morristown 1870 Jefferson, Grainger and Greene counties Early settler Hezekiah Hamblen. ADOPTABLE
Hamilton Chattanooga 1819 Rhea County and Indian lands First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (1755 or 17571804). ADOPTABLE
Hancock Sneedville 1844 Hawkins and Claiborne counties President of the Continental Congress John Hancock (17371793). ADOPTABLE
Hardeman Bolivar 1823 Hardin County and Indian lands Thomas Jones Hardeman, Creek War and War of 1812 soldier, later a member of the Republic of Texas legislature. ADOPTABLE
Hardin Savannah 1819 Indian lands Joseph Hardin, legislator of the Southwest Territory and State of Franklin. ADOPTABLE
Hawkins Rogersville 1786 Sullivan County U.S. Senator Benjamin Hawkins (17541816). ADOPTABLE
Haywood Brownsville 1823 Indian lands Judge John Haywood (17621826), called "the father of Tennessee history." ADOPTABLE
Henderson Lexington 1821 Indian lands James Henderson, an officer of the War of 1812. ADOPTABLE
Henry Paris 1821 Indian lands Revolutionary-era orator and Virginia legislator Patrick Henry (17361799). ADOPTABLE
Hickman Ceenterville 1807 Edwin Hickman, a longhunter killed by Native Americans near the present-day site of Centerville. Camden ADOPTABLE
Houston Erin 1871 Dickson, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties Sam Houston (17931863), Tennessee governor and congressman, president of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator from Texas, and Texas governor. ADOPTABLE
Humphreys Waverly 1809 Stewart County U.S. Representative Parry Wayne Humphreys (17781839). ADOPTABLE
Jackson Gainesboro 1801 Smith County and Indian lands U.S. President Andrew Jackson (17671845). ADOPTABLE
James Ooltewah 1870-1919 created by an act of the Tennessee General Assembly on January 30, 1871.[1] Lands were taken from a small portion of Bradley County and the eastern third of Hamilton County. Rev. Jesse J. James, the father of Elbert Abdiel James, who introduced legislation for the formation of the county. ADOPTABLE Defunct
Jefferson Dandridge 1792 Greene and Hawkins counties U.S. President and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson (17431826). ADOPTABLE
Johnson Mountain City 1836 Carter County Thomas Johnson, an early settler of Carter County along the Doe River. ADOPTABLE
Knox Knoxville 1792 Greene and Hawkins counties Henry Knox (17501806), the first U.S. Secretary of War ADOPTABLE
Lake Tiptonville 1870 Obion County Reelfoot Lake ADOPTABLE
Lauderdale Ripley 1835 Haywood, Dyer and Tipton counties James Lauderdale, who was killed in the War of 1812. ADOPTABLE
Lawrence Lawrenceburg 1817 Hickman County and Indian lands U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero James Lawrence (17811813). ADOPTABLE
Lewis Hohenwald 1843 Hickman, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties Meriwether Lewis (17741809), explorer of the American West. ADOPTABLE
Lincoln Fayetteville 1809 Bedford County U.S. Secretary of War Benjamin Lincoln (17331810). ADOPTABLE
Loudon Loudon 1870 Roane, Monroe, Blount and McMinn counties Fort Loudoun, which was named for John Campbell, 4th Earl of Loudoun, who led British and American forces during the French and Indian War. ADOPTABLE
Macon Lafayette 1842 Smith and Sumner counties U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (17581837). ADOPTABLE
Madison Jackson 1821 Indian lands U.S. President James Madison (17581836). ADOPTABLE
Marion Jasper 1817/td> Indian lands Francis Marion (17321795), the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolutionary War. ADOPTABLE
Marshall Lewisburg 1836 Giles, Bedford, Lincoln and Maury counties U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall (17551835). ADOPTABLE
Maury Columbia 1807 Williamson County and Indian lands Tennessee state legislator Abram Poindexter Maury (18011848). ADOPTABLE
McMinn Athens 1819 Indian lands Governor of Tennessee Joseph McMinn (17581824). ADOPTABLE
McNairy Selmer 1823 Hardin County John McNairy, judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee. ADOPTABLE
Meigs Decatur 1836 Rhea County Return Jonathan Meigs (17401823), an officer in the Continental Army who was for many years a federal Indian and military agent in Tennessee. ADOPTABLE
Monroe Madisonville 1819 Indian lands U.S. President James Monroe (17581831). ADOPTABLE
Montgomery Clarksville 1796 Tennessee County John Montgomery (c. 17501794), leader of the Nickajack Expedition. ADOPTABLE
Moore Lynchburg 1871 Bedford, Lincoln and Franklin counties Tennessee state legislator William Moore. ADOPTABLE
Morgan Wartburg 1817 Anderson and Roane counties American Revolutionary War officer Daniel Morgan (17361802). ADOPTABLE
Obion Union City 1823 Indian lands The Obion River. ADOPTABLE
Overton Livingston 1806 Jackson County and Indian lands John Overton (17661833), one of the cofounders of Memphis, Tennessee. ADOPTABLE
Perry Linden 1819 Humphreys and Hickman counties U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero Oliver Hazard Perry (17851819). ADOPTABLE
Pickett Byrdstown 1879 Fentress and Overton counties Tennessee state legislator Howell L. Pickett. ADOPTABLE
Polk Benton 1839 McMinn and Bradley counties U.S. President James K. Polk (17951849). ADOPTABLE
Putnam Cookeville 1854 Fentress, Jackson, Smith, White and Overton counties American Revolutionary War officer Israel Putnam (17181790). ADOPTABLE
Rhea Dayton 1807 Roane County U.S. Representative John Rhea (17531832). ADOPTABLE
Roane Kingston 1801 Knox County and Indian lands Governor of Tennessee Archibald Roane (1759 or 17601819). ADOPTABLE
Robertson Springfield 1796 Tennessee and Sumner counties James Robertson (17421814), Tennessee state legislator and founder of the Watauga Settlements ADOPTABLE
Rutherford Mufreesboro 1803 Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties Griffin Rutherford, chairman of the legislature of the Southwest Territory. ADOPTABLE
Scott Huntsville 1849 Anderson, Campbell, Fentress and Morgan counties US. Army general and hero of the Mexican-American War Winfield Scott (17861866). ADOPTABLE
Sequatchie Dunlap 1857 Hamilton, Marion and Warren counties Cherokee word believed to mean, opossum, he grins or runs. ADOPTABLE
Sevier Sevierville 1794 Jefferson County John Sevier (17451815), governor of the State of Franklin and first Governor of Tennessee. Paula Franklin
Shelby Memphis 1819 Chickasaw Nation lands acquired through the Jackson Purchase Isaac Shelby (17501826), commander at Kings Mountain, first governor of Kentucky, and negotiator of the purchase of the western district from the Chickasaws. ADOPTABLE
Smith Carthage 1799 Sumner County and Indian lands American Revolutionary War officer and U.S. Senator Daniel Smith (17481818). ADOPTABLE
Stewart Dover 1803 Montgomery County Duncan Stewart, Tennessee state legislator and lieutenant governor of Mississippi Territory. ADOPTABLE
Sullivan Blountville 1779 Washington County Governor of New Hampshire John Sullivan (17401795). ADOPTABLE
Sumner Gallatin 1786 Davidson County Jethro Sumner (17331785), an American colonist who defended North Carolina against the British in 1780. ADOPTABLE
Tennessee Ooltewah 1788-1796 portion of Davidson County; now forms Humphreys, Montgomery, and Robertson counties and portions of Stewart, Dickson, Cheatham, and Houston counties. abolished in 1796 when Tennessee (which by then was no longer a North Carolina territory, having been ceded to the national government as the U.S. Territory South of the River Ohio) was admitted to statehood and the county's name was adopted for the entire state. ADOPTABLE Defunct
Tipton Covington 1823 Shelby County (previously Chickasaw lands) Jacob Tipton, father of Armistead Blevins, who supervised the organization of Shelby County; Tipton was killed by Native Americans in 1791 in a conflict over the Northwest Territory. ADOPTABLE
Trousdale Hartsville 1870 Wilson, Macon, Smith and Sumner counties William Trousdale (17901872), Creek and Mexican-American War soldier and officer, state senator and Governor of Tennessee. ADOPTABLE
Unicoi Erwin 1875 Washington and Carter County Native American word for the southern Appalachian Mountains, probably meaning white or fog-draped ADOPTABLE
Union Maynardville 1850 Grainger, Claiborne, Campbell, Anderson and Knox counties Either for its creation from parts of five counties or to memorialize East Tennessee's support for preservation of the Union ADOPTABLE
Van Buren Spencer 1840 Warren and White counties U.S. President Martin Van Buren (17821862) ADOPTABLE
Warren McMinnville 1807 White, Jackson, Smith counties and Indian lands American Revolutionary War officer Joseph Warren (17411775), who sent Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride ADOPTABLE
Washington Jonesborough 1777 Part of North Carolina U.S. President George Washington (17321799) ADOPTABLE
Wayne Waynesboro 1817 Hickman County American Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (17451796) ADOPTABLE
Weakley Dresden 1823 Indian lands U.S. Representative Robert Weakley (17641845). ADOPTABLE
White Sparta 1806 Jackson and Smith counties John White, Revolutionary War soldier and the first European-American settler in the county ADOPTABLE
Williamson Franklin 1799 Davidson County U.S. Representative Hugh Williamson (17351819). ADOPTABLE
Wilson Lebanon 1799 Sumner County David Wilson, a member of the legislatures of North Carolina and the Southwest Territory. ADOPTABLE

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