Hendersonville, Tennessee

Hendersonville, Tennessee

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Hendersonville, Tennessee
settlement_type = City
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map_caption = Location of Hendersonville, Tennessee

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subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_name = United States
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_name1 = Tennessee
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Sumner

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area_total_km2 = 85.2
area_land_km2 = 70.8
area_water_km2 = 14.4
area_total_sq_mi = 32.9
area_land_sq_mi = 27.3
area_water_sq_mi = 5.6

population_as_of = 2000
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population_total = 40620
population_density_km2 = 573.9
population_density_sq_mi = 1486.4

timezone = Central (CST)
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elevation_ft = 482
latd = 36 |latm = 18 |lats = 0 |latNS = N
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postal_code_type = ZIP codes
postal_code = 37075, 37077
area_code = 615
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blank_info = 47-33280GR|2
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Hendersonville is a city in Sumner County, Tennessee, United States, on Old Hickory Lake. The population was 40,620 at the 2000 census. It should not be confused with Henderson, Tennessee, nor with Henderson County, Tennessee, both of which are in West Tennessee; Hendersonville is in Middle Tennessee.


Hendersonville is located at coor dms|36|18|0|N|86|36|22|W|city (36.300084, -86.606109)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 32.9 square miles (85.2 km²), of which, 27.3 square miles (70.8 km²) of it is land and 5.6 square miles (14.4 km²) of it (16.93%) is water.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 40,620 people, 15,823 households, and 11,566 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,486.4 people per square mile (573.9/km²). There were 16,507 housing units at an average density of 604.0/sq mi (233.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.93% White, 4.12% African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.10% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.65% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.71% of the population.

There were 15,823 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.9% were non-families. 22.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.5% 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 city the population was spread out with 25.8% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 10.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $50,108, and the median income for a family was $57,625. Males had a median income of $40,823 versus $27,771 for females. The per capita income for the city was $24,165. About 5.2% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.2% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.


Hendersonville was settled around 1784 by Daniel Smith when he began work on Rock Castle. In 1790, William Henderson, for whom the area was named, settled in. With the completion of the Old Hickory Dam in 1954, the city of Hendersonville started to grow into the most populous city of Sumner County and also one of the most populous suburbs of Nashville, along with Franklin and Murfreesboro. The city now contains around 0.7% of the population of Tennessee.

During the Civil War, Monthaven was used as a hospital.

An in-depth, two-volume history of Hendersonville, "The City by the Lake: A History of Hendersonville", was written by residents Tim Takacs and Jamie Clary and describes much of the city's development and current issues. Volume I (covering the period of 1799-1969) describes the Sanders and Smith founding families, Hendersonville's first railroad companies, and the town's earliest merchants, landowners and bankers. It also catalogues the larger influx of wealthy and upper-middle class immigrants from Nashville, during the post-WWII period.

Danger of flooding

In 2007, it was announced that Wolf Creek Dam in Kentucky could possibly collapse, flooding many cities along its estuaries. Hendersonville was one of the cities that would likely flood if the dam should break, however only low-lying areas were expected to be seriously flooded if it occurred. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers provided the local public library with flood maps.

As of late 2007, repairs were made to Wolf Creek Dam and the danger of collapse and subsequent flooding was reduced significantly. The water level on Wolf Creek Dam was dramatically reduced, causing less pressure on the dam.


*The city has four times faced referendums to change its form of government.
*The population grew by 14,000 persons in 1972.
*For years Hendersonville had an airport authority which heavily lobbied for building an airport within the city limits.
*A serious effort was made by several residents to secede from the city.
*There are more quadracycles built in Hendersonville than any other place in North America.
*The town has four public high schools: Beech Senior High School, Hendersonville High School, E.B. Wilson Night School, and Merrol Hyde Magnet School, the only magnet school in Sumner Co. The town also has one private high school, Pope John Paul II High School.

Notable natives and/or residents

*Gary Allan, country singer
*Duane Allen, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
*Joe Bonsall, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
*Young Buck, (real name: David Brown), hip hop artist
*Johnny Cash, country singer (deceased)
*June Carter Cash, country singer (deceased)
*William Lee Golden, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
*Jeff Jarrett, professional wrestler
*Lennon Murphy, singer-songwriter
*Roy Orbison, rock-n-roll singer (deceased)
*Sonny Osborne, bluegrass banjo player
*Luther Perkins, country guitarist (deceased)
*Tommy Rich, wrestler
*Johnny Russell, country singer, songwriter (deceased)
*Connie Smith, country singer
*Phil Stacey, country singer, American Idol season 6 Finalist
*Richard Sterban, country singer, member of The Oak Ridge Boys
*Marty Stuart, country singer
*Taylor Swift, country singer
*Conway Twitty, country singer (deceased)
*James Wilhoit, Former University of Tennessee Placekicker

Corporations in Hendersonville

*Rhoades Car


External links

* [http://www.hvilletn.org Hendersonville official city website]
* [http://www.hendersonvilletn.com]
* [http://hendersonvillepubliclibrary.org/ The Hendersonville Public Library]

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