List of counties in Tennessee

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There are 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.

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County Seat
Formed from
Named for[4] Population
Anderson County 001 Clinton 1801 Knox and Grainger Counties Joseph Anderson (1757–1837), U.S. Senator from Tennessee and first Comptroller of the U.S. Treasury. &&&&&&&&&&071330.&&&&&071,330 &&&&&&&&&&&&0338.&&&&&0338 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0875.&&&&&0875 km²)
State map highlighting Anderson County
Bedford County 003 Shelbyville 1807 Rutherford County Revolutionary War officer Thomas Bedford, a large landowner in the area &&&&&&&&&&037586.&&&&&037,586 &&&&&&&&&&&&0474.&&&&&0474 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01228.&&&&&01,228 km²)
State map highlighting Bedford County
Benton County 005 Camden 1835 Humphreys County Creek War veteran David Benton (1779–1860), an early settler in the county. &&&&&&&&&&016537.&&&&&016,537 &&&&&&&&&&&&0394.&&&&&0394 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01020.&&&&&01,020 km²)
State map highlighting Benton County
Bledsoe County 007 Pikeville 1807 Roane County and Indian lands Anthony Bledsoe, Revolutionary War soldier, surveyor, and early settler in Sumner County &&&&&&&&&&012367.&&&&&012,367 &&&&&&&&&&&&0406.&&&&&0406 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01052.&&&&&01,052 km²)
State map highlighting Bledsoe County
Blount County 009 Maryville 1795 Knox County William Blount (1749–1800), governor of the Southwest Territory and later U.S. Senator &&&&&&&&&0105823.&&&&&0105,823 &&&&&&&&&&&&0559.&&&&&0559 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01448.&&&&&01,448 km²)
State map highlighting Blount County
Bradley County 011 Cleveland 1836 Indian lands Tennessee state legislator Edward Bradley. &&&&&&&&&&087965.&&&&&087,965 &&&&&&&&&&&&0329.&&&&&0329 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0852.&&&&&0852 km²)
State map highlighting Bradley County
Campbell County 013 Jacksboro 1806 Anderson and Claiborne counties Virginia House of Burgesses member Arthur Campbell (1743–1811), who was a negotiator of Indian treaties. &&&&&&&&&&039854.&&&&&039,854 &&&&&&&&&&&&0480.&&&&&0480 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01243.&&&&&01,243 km²)
State map highlighting Campbell County
Cannon County 015 Woodbury 1836 Rutherford, Smith and Warren counties Governor of Tennessee Newton Cannon (1781–1841). &&&&&&&&&&012826.&&&&&012,826 &&&&&&&&&&&&0266.&&&&&0266 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0689.&&&&&0689 km²)
State map highlighting Cannon County
Carroll County 017 Huntingdon 1821 Indian lands Governor of Tennessee William Carroll (1788–1844). &&&&&&&&&&029475.&&&&&029,475 &&&&&&&&&&&&0599.&&&&&0599 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01551.&&&&&01,551 km²)
State map highlighting Carroll County
Carter County 019 Elizabethton 1796 Washington County Speaker of the State of Franklin senate Landon Carter (1710–1778). &&&&&&&&&&056742.&&&&&056,742 &&&&&&&&&&&&0341.&&&&&0341 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0883.&&&&&0883 km²)
State map highlighting Carter County
Cheatham County 021 Ashland City 1856 Davidson, Dickson, Montgomery and Robertson counties Tennessee state legislator Edward Cheatham. &&&&&&&&&&035912.&&&&&035,912 &&&&&&&&&&&&0303.&&&&&0303 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0785.&&&&&0785 km²)
State map highlighting Cheatham County
Chester County 023 Henderson 1879 Hardeman, Henderson, McNairy and Madison counties Tennessee state legislator Robert I. Chester. &&&&&&&&&&015540.&&&&&015,540 &&&&&&&&&&&&0289.&&&&&0289 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0749.&&&&&0749 km²)
State map highlighting Chester County
Claiborne County 025 Tazewell 1801 Grainger and Hawkins counties Governor of Louisiana and Governor of Mississippi Territory William C. C. Claiborne (1775–1817). &&&&&&&&&&029862.&&&&&029,862 &&&&&&&&&&&&0434.&&&&&0434 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01124.&&&&&01,124 km²)
State map highlighting Claiborne County
Clay County 027 Celina 1870 Jackson and Overton counties U.S. Speaker of the House and Secretary of State Henry Clay (1777–1852). &&&&&&&&&&&07976.&&&&&07,976 &&&&&&&&&&&&0236.&&&&&0236 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0611.&&&&&0611 km²)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cocke County 029 Newport 1797 Jefferson County William Cocke (1747–1828), one of Tennessee's first U.S. Senators. &&&&&&&&&&033565.&&&&&033,565 &&&&&&&&&&&&0434.&&&&&0434 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01124.&&&&&01,124 km²)
State map highlighting Cocke County
Coffee County 031 Manchester 1836 Bedford, Warren and Franklin counties John Coffee (1772–1833), frontiersman, planter, and veteran of Creek War and War of 1812. &&&&&&&&&&048014.&&&&&048,014 &&&&&&&&&&&&0429.&&&&&0429 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01111.&&&&&01,111 km²)
State map highlighting Coffee County
Crockett County 033 Alamo 1871 Haywood, Madison, Dyer and Gibson counties Davy Crockett (1786–1836), frontier humorist, Congressman, and defender of the Alamo. &&&&&&&&&&014532.&&&&&014,532 &&&&&&&&&&&&0265.&&&&&0265 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0686.&&&&&0686 km²)
State map highlighting Crockett County
Cumberland County 035 Crossville 1855 White, Bledsoe, Rhea, Morgan, Fentress and Putnam counties The Cumberland Mountains. &&&&&&&&&&046802.&&&&&046,802 &&&&&&&&&&&&0682.&&&&&0682 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01766.&&&&&01,766 km²)
State map highlighting Cumberland County
Davidson County 037 Nashville 1783 Part of North Carolina William Lee Davidson (1746–1781), a Brigadier General who died at the Revolutionary War Battle of Cowan's Ford. &&&&&&&&&0569891.&&&&&0569,891 &&&&&&&&&&&&0502.&&&&&0502 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01300.&&&&&01,300 km²)
State map highlighting Davidson County
Decatur County 039 Decaturville 1845 Perry County U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero Stephen Decatur (1779–1820). &&&&&&&&&&011731.&&&&&011,731 &&&&&&&&&&&&0333.&&&&&0333 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0862.&&&&&0862 km²)
State map highlighting Decatur County
DeKalb County 041 Smithville 1837 Franklin, Cannon, Jackson and White counties Johann de Kalb (1721–1780), a German-born baron who assisted the Continentals during the American Revolutionary War. &&&&&&&&&&017423.&&&&&017,423 &&&&&&&&&&&&0304.&&&&&0304 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0787.&&&&&0787 km²)
State map highlighting DeKalb County
Dickson County 043 Charlotte 1803 Montgomery and Robertson counties U.S. Representative William Dickson (1770–1816). &&&&&&&&&&043156.&&&&&043,156 &&&&&&&&&&&&0490.&&&&&0490 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01269.&&&&&01,269 km²)
State map highlighting Dickson County
Dyer County 045 Dyersburg 1823 Indian lands Tennessee state legislator Robert Henry Dyer. &&&&&&&&&&037279.&&&&&037,279 &&&&&&&&&&&&0510.&&&&&0510 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01321.&&&&&01,321 km²)
State map highlighting Dyer County
Fayette County 047 Somerville 1824 Indian lands Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette (1757–1834), a French-born general in the American Revolutionary War. &&&&&&&&&&028796.&&&&&028,796 &&&&&&&&&&&&0705.&&&&&0705 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01826.&&&&&01,826 km²)
State map highlighting Fayette County
Fentress County 049 Jamestown 1823 Morgan, Overton and White counties Tennessee state legislator James Fentress. &&&&&&&&&&016625.&&&&&016,625 &&&&&&&&&&&&0499.&&&&&0499 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01292.&&&&&01,292 km²)
State map highlighting Fentress County
Franklin County 051 Winchester 1807 Rutherford County and Indian lands Publisher, scholar, orator, and Founding Father Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790). &&&&&&&&&&039270.&&&&&039,270 &&&&&&&&&&&&0553.&&&&&0553 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01432.&&&&&01,432 km²)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Gibson County 053 Trenton 1823 Indian lands John H. Gibson, a soldier of the Natchez Expedition and the Creek War. &&&&&&&&&&048154.&&&&&048,154 &&&&&&&&&&&&0603.&&&&&0603 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01562.&&&&&01,562 km²)
State map highlighting Gibson County
Giles County 055 Pulaski 1809 Indian lands U.S. Senator and Governor of Virginia William B. Giles (1762–1830). &&&&&&&&&&029447.&&&&&029,447 &&&&&&&&&&&&0611.&&&&&0611 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01582.&&&&&01,582 km²)
State map highlighting Giles County
Grainger County 057 Rutledge 1796 Hawkins and Knox counties Mary Grainger Blount, wife of William Blount and "first lady" of the Southwest Territory, which later became Tennessee. &&&&&&&&&&020659.&&&&&020,659 &&&&&&&&&&&&0280.&&&&&0280 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0725.&&&&&0725 km²)
State map highlighting Grainger County
Greene County 059 Greeneville 1783 Washington County American Revolutionary War general Nathanael Greene (1742–1786). &&&&&&&&&&062909.&&&&&062,909 &&&&&&&&&&&&0622.&&&&&0622 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01611.&&&&&01,611 km²)
State map highlighting Greene County
Grundy County 061 Altamont 1844 Coffee, Warren and Franklin counties U.S. Attorney General Felix Grundy (1777–1840). &&&&&&&&&&014332.&&&&&014,332 &&&&&&&&&&&&0361.&&&&&0361 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0935.&&&&&0935 km²)
State map highlighting Grundy County
Hamblen County 063 Morristown 1870 Jefferson, Grainger and Greene counties Early settler Hezekiah Hamblen. &&&&&&&&&&058128.&&&&&058,128 &&&&&&&&&&&&0161.&&&&&0161 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0417.&&&&&0417 km²)
State map highlighting Hamblen County
Hamilton County 065 Chattanooga 1819 Rhea County and Indian lands First U.S. Secretary of the Treasury and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton (1755 or 1757–1804). &&&&&&&&&0307896.&&&&&0307,896 &&&&&&&&&&&&0543.&&&&&0543 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01406.&&&&&01,406 km²)
State map highlighting Hamilton County
Hancock County 067 Sneedville 1844 Hawkins and Claiborne counties President of the Continental Congress John Hancock (1737–1793). &&&&&&&&&&&06780.&&&&&06,780 &&&&&&&&&&&&0222.&&&&&0222 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0575.&&&&&0575 km²)
State map highlighting Hancock County
Hardeman County 069 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. &&&&&&&&&&028105.&&&&&028,105 &&&&&&&&&&&&0668.&&&&&0668 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01730.&&&&&01,730 km²)
State map highlighting Hardeman County
Hardin County 071 Savannah 1819 Indian lands Joseph Hardin, legislator of the Southwest Territory and State of Franklin. &&&&&&&&&&025578.&&&&&025,578 &&&&&&&&&&&&0578.&&&&&0578 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01497.&&&&&01,497 km²)
State map highlighting Hardin County
Hawkins County 073 Rogersville 1786 Sullivan County U.S. Senator Benjamin Hawkins (1754–1816). &&&&&&&&&&053563.&&&&&053,563 &&&&&&&&&&&&0487.&&&&&0487 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01261.&&&&&01,261 km²)
State map highlighting Hawkins County
Haywood County 075 Brownsville 1823 Indian lands Judge John Haywood (1762–1826), called "the father of Tennessee history." &&&&&&&&&&019797.&&&&&019,797 &&&&&&&&&&&&0533.&&&&&0533 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01380.&&&&&01,380 km²)
State map highlighting Haywood County
Henderson County 077 Lexington 1821 Indian lands James Henderson, an officer of the War of 1812. &&&&&&&&&&025522.&&&&&025,522 &&&&&&&&&&&&0520.&&&&&0520 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01347.&&&&&01,347 km²)
State map highlighting Henderson County
Henry County 079 Paris 1821 Indian lands Revolutionary-era orator and Virginia legislator Patrick Henry (1736–1799). &&&&&&&&&&031115.&&&&&031,115 &&&&&&&&&&&&0562.&&&&&0562 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01456.&&&&&01,456 km²)
State map highlighting Henry County
Hickman County 081 Centerville 1807 Dickson County Edwin Hickman, a longhunter killed by Native Americans near the present-day site of Centerville. &&&&&&&&&&022295.&&&&&022,295 &&&&&&&&&&&&0613.&&&&&0613 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01588.&&&&&01,588 km²)
State map highlighting Hickman County
Houston County 083 Erin 1871 Dickson, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties Sam Houston (1793–1863), Tennessee governor and congressman, president of the Republic of Texas, U.S. Senator from Texas, and Texas governor. &&&&&&&&&&&08088.&&&&&08,088 &&&&&&&&&&&&0200.&&&&&0200 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0518.&&&&&0518 km²)
State map highlighting Houston County
Humphreys County 085 Waverly 1809 Stewart County U.S. Representative Parry Wayne Humphreys (1778–1839). &&&&&&&&&&017929.&&&&&017,929 &&&&&&&&&&&&0532.&&&&&0532 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01378.&&&&&01,378 km²)
State map highlighting Humphreys County
Jackson County 087 Gainesboro 1801 Smith County and Indian lands U.S. President Andrew Jackson (1767–1845). &&&&&&&&&&010984.&&&&&010,984 &&&&&&&&&&&&0309.&&&&&0309 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0800.&&&&&0800 km²)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Jefferson County 089 Dandridge 1792 Greene and Hawkins counties U.S. President and Founding Father Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). &&&&&&&&&&044294.&&&&&044,294 &&&&&&&&&&&&0274.&&&&&0274 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0710.&&&&&0710 km²)
State map highlighting Jefferson County
Johnson County 091 Mountain City 1836 Carter County Thomas Johnson, an early settler of Carter County along the Doe River. &&&&&&&&&&017499.&&&&&017,499 &&&&&&&&&&&&0299.&&&&&0299 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0774.&&&&&0774 km²)
State map highlighting Johnson County
Knox County 093 Knoxville 1792 Greene and Hawkins counties Henry Knox (1750–1806), the first U.S. Secretary of War. &&&&&&&&&0382032.&&&&&0382,032 &&&&&&&&&&&&0509.&&&&&0509 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01318.&&&&&01,318 km²)
State map highlighting Knox County
Lake County 095 Tiptonville 1870 Obion County Reelfoot Lake &&&&&&&&&&&07954.&&&&&07,954 &&&&&&&&&&&&0163.&&&&&0163 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0422.&&&&&0422 km²)
State map highlighting Lake County
Lauderdale County 097 Ripley 1835 Haywood, Dyer and Tipton counties James Lauderdale, who was killed in the War of 1812. &&&&&&&&&&027101.&&&&&027,101 &&&&&&&&&&&&0470.&&&&&0470 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01217.&&&&&01,217 km²)
State map highlighting Lauderdale County
Lawrence County 099 Lawrenceburg 1817 Hickman County and Indian lands U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero James Lawrence (1781–1813). &&&&&&&&&&039926.&&&&&039,926 &&&&&&&&&&&&0617.&&&&&0617 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01598.&&&&&01,598 km²)
State map highlighting Lawrence County
Lewis County 101 Hohenwald 1843 Hickman, Lawrence, Maury and Wayne counties Meriwether Lewis (1774–1809), explorer of the American West. &&&&&&&&&&011367.&&&&&011,367 &&&&&&&&&&&&0282.&&&&&0282 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0730.&&&&&0730 km²)
State map highlighting Lewis County
Lincoln County 103 Fayetteville 1809 Bedford County U.S. Secretary of War Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810). &&&&&&&&&&031340.&&&&&031,340 &&&&&&&&&&&&0570.&&&&&0570 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01476.&&&&&01,476 km²)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Loudon County 105 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. &&&&&&&&&&039086.&&&&&039,086 &&&&&&&&&&&&0229.&&&&&0229 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0593.&&&&&0593 km²)
State map highlighting Loudon County
Macon County 111 Lafayette 1842 Smith and Sumner counties U.S. Senator Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837). &&&&&&&&&&020386.&&&&&020,386 &&&&&&&&&&&&0307.&&&&&0307 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0795.&&&&&0795 km²)
State map highlighting Macon County
Madison County 113 Jackson 1821 Indian lands U.S. President James Madison (1758–1836). &&&&&&&&&&091837.&&&&&091,837 &&&&&&&&&&&&0557.&&&&&0557 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01443.&&&&&01,443 km²)
State map highlighting Madison County
Marion County 115 Jasper 1817 Indian lands Francis Marion (1732–1795), the "Swamp Fox" of the American Revolutionary War. &&&&&&&&&&027776.&&&&&027,776 &&&&&&&&&&&&0500.&&&&&0500 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01295.&&&&&01,295 km²)
State map highlighting Marion County
Marshall County 117 Lewisburg 1836 Giles, Bedford, Lincoln and Maury counties U.S. Chief Justice John Marshall (1755–1835). &&&&&&&&&&026767.&&&&&026,767 &&&&&&&&&&&&0375.&&&&&0375 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0971.&&&&&0971 km²)
State map highlighting Marshall County
Maury County 119 Columbia 1807 Williamson County and Indian lands Tennessee state legislator Abram Poindexter Maury (1801–1848). &&&&&&&&&&069498.&&&&&069,498 &&&&&&&&&&&&0613.&&&&&0613 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01588.&&&&&01,588 km²)
State map highlighting Maury County
McMinn County 107 Athens 1819 Indian lands Governor of Tennessee Joseph McMinn (1758–1824). &&&&&&&&&&049015.&&&&&049,015 &&&&&&&&&&&&0430.&&&&&0430 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01114.&&&&&01,114 km²)
State map highlighting McMinn County
McNairy County 109 Selmer 1823 Hardin County John McNairy, judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Tennessee. &&&&&&&&&&024653.&&&&&024,653 &&&&&&&&&&&&0560.&&&&&0560 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01450.&&&&&01,450 km²)
State map highlighting McNairy County
Meigs County 121 Decatur 1836 Rhea County Return Jonathan Meigs (1740–1823), an officer in the Continental Army who was for many years a federal Indian and military agent in Tennessee. &&&&&&&&&&011086.&&&&&011,086 &&&&&&&&&&&&0195.&&&&&0195 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0505.&&&&&0505 km²)
State map highlighting Meigs County
Monroe County 123 Madisonville 1819 Indian lands U.S. President James Monroe (1758–1831). &&&&&&&&&&038961.&&&&&038,961 &&&&&&&&&&&&0635.&&&&&0635 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01645.&&&&&01,645 km²)
State map highlighting Monroe County
Montgomery County 125 Clarksville 1796 Tennessee County John Montgomery (c. 1750–1794), leader of the Nickajack Expedition. &&&&&&&&&0134768.&&&&&0134,768 &&&&&&&&&&&&0539.&&&&&0539 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01396.&&&&&01,396 km²)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Moore County 127 Lynchburg 1871 Bedford, Lincoln and Franklin counties Tennessee state legislator William Moore. &&&&&&&&&&&05740.&&&&&05,740 &&&&&&&&&&&&0129.&&&&&0129 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0334.&&&&&0334 km²)
State map highlighting Moore County
Morgan County 129 Wartburg 1817 Anderson and Roane counties American Revolutionary War officer Daniel Morgan (1736–1802). &&&&&&&&&&019757.&&&&&019,757 &&&&&&&&&&&&0522.&&&&&0522 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01352.&&&&&01,352 km²)
State map highlighting Morgan County
Obion County 131 Union City 1823 Indian lands The Obion River. &&&&&&&&&&032450.&&&&&032,450 &&&&&&&&&&&&0545.&&&&&0545 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01412.&&&&&01,412 km²)
State map highlighting Obion County
Overton County 133 Livingston 1806 Jackson County and Indian lands John Overton (1766–1833), one of the cofounders of Memphis, Tennessee. &&&&&&&&&&020118.&&&&&020,118 &&&&&&&&&&&&0433.&&&&&0433 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01121.&&&&&01,121 km²)
State map highlighting Overton County
Perry County 135 Linden 1819 Humphreys and Hickman counties U.S. naval officer and War of 1812 hero Oliver Hazard Perry (1785–1819). &&&&&&&&&&&07631.&&&&&07,631 &&&&&&&&&&&&0415.&&&&&0415 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01075.&&&&&01,075 km²)
State map highlighting Perry County
Pickett County 137 Byrdstown 1879 Fentress and Overton counties Tennessee state legislator Howell L. Pickett. &&&&&&&&&&&04945.&&&&&04,945 &&&&&&&&&&&&0163.&&&&&0163 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0422.&&&&&0422 km²)
State map highlighting Pickett County
Polk County 139 Benton 1839 McMinn and Bradley counties U.S. President James K. Polk (1795–1849). &&&&&&&&&&016050.&&&&&016,050 &&&&&&&&&&&&0435.&&&&&0435 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01127.&&&&&01,127 km²)
State map highlighting Polk County
Putnam County 141 Cookeville 1854 Fentress, Jackson, Smith, White and Overton counties American Revolutionary War officer Israel Putnam (1718–1790). &&&&&&&&&&062315.&&&&&062,315 &&&&&&&&&&&&0401.&&&&&0401 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01039.&&&&&01,039 km²)
State map highlighting Putnam County
Rhea County 143 Dayton 1807 Roane County U.S. Representative John Rhea (1753–1832). &&&&&&&&&&028400.&&&&&028,400 &&&&&&&&&&&&0316.&&&&&0316 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0818.&&&&&0818 km²)
State map highlighting Rhea County
Roane County 145 Kingston 1801 Knox County and Indian lands Governor of Tennessee Archibald Roane (1759 or 1760–1819). &&&&&&&&&&051910.&&&&&051,910 &&&&&&&&&&&&0361.&&&&&0361 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0935.&&&&&0935 km²)
State map highlighting Roane County
Robertson County 147 Springfield 1796 Tennessee and Sumner counties James Robertson (1742–1814), Tennessee state legislator and founder of the Watauga Settlements. &&&&&&&&&&054433.&&&&&054,433 &&&&&&&&&&&&0477.&&&&&0477 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01235.&&&&&01,235 km²)
State map highlighting Robertson County
Rutherford County 149 Murfreesboro 1803 Davidson, Williamson and Wilson counties Griffin Rutherford, chairman of the legislature of the Southwest Territory. &&&&&&&&&0182023.&&&&&0182,023 &&&&&&&&&&&&0619.&&&&&0619 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01603.&&&&&01,603 km²)
State map highlighting Rutherford County
Scott County 151 Huntsville 1849 Anderson, Campbell, Fentress and Morgan counties US. Army general and hero of the Mexican-American War Winfield Scott (1786–1866). &&&&&&&&&&021127.&&&&&021,127 &&&&&&&&&&&&0532.&&&&&0532 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01378.&&&&&01,378 km²)
State map highlighting Scott County
Sequatchie County 153 Dunlap 1857 Hamilton, Marion and Warren counties Cherokee word believed to mean, opossum, he grins or runs. &&&&&&&&&&011370.&&&&&011,370 &&&&&&&&&&&&0266.&&&&&0266 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0689.&&&&&0689 km²)
State map highlighting Sequatchie County
Sevier County 155 Sevierville 1794 Jefferson County John Sevier (1745–1815), governor of the State of Franklin and first Governor of Tennessee. &&&&&&&&&&071170.&&&&&071,170 &&&&&&&&&&&&0592.&&&&&0592 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01533.&&&&&01,533 km²)
State map highlighting Sevier County
Shelby County 157 Memphis 1819 Chickasaw Nation lands acquired through the Jackson Purchase.[7] Isaac Shelby (1750–1826), commander at Kings Mountain, first governor of Kentucky, and negotiator of the purchase of the western district from the Chickasaws. &&&&&&&&&0897472.&&&&&0897,472 &&&&&&&&&&&&0755.&&&&&0755 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01955.&&&&&01,955 km²)
State map highlighting Shelby County
Smith County 159 Carthage 1799 Sumner County and Indian lands American Revolutionary War officer and U.S. Senator Daniel Smith (1748–1818). &&&&&&&&&&017712.&&&&&017,712 &&&&&&&&&&&&0314.&&&&&0314 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0813.&&&&&0813 km²)
State map highlighting Smith County
Stewart County 161 Dover 1803 Montgomery County Duncan Stewart, Tennessee state legislator and lieutenant governor of Mississippi Territory. &&&&&&&&&&012370.&&&&&012,370 &&&&&&&&&&&&0458.&&&&&0458 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01186.&&&&&01,186 km²)
State map highlighting Stewart County
Sullivan County 163 Blountville 1779 Washington County Governor of New Hampshire John Sullivan (1740–1795). &&&&&&&&&0153048.&&&&&0153,048 &&&&&&&&&&&&0413.&&&&&0413 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01070.&&&&&01,070 km²)
State map highlighting Sullivan County
Sumner County 165 Gallatin 1786 Davidson County Jethro Sumner (1733–1785), an American colonist who defended North Carolina against the British in 1780. &&&&&&&&&0130449.&&&&&0130,449 &&&&&&&&&&&&0529.&&&&&0529 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01370.&&&&&01,370 km²)
State map highlighting Sumner County
Tipton County 167 Covington 1823 Shelby County (previously Chickasaw lands)[7] 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.[7] &&&&&&&&&&051271.&&&&&051,271 &&&&&&&&&&&&0459.&&&&&0459 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01189.&&&&&01,189 km²)
State map highlighting Tipton County
Trousdale County 169 Hartsville 1870 Wilson, Macon, Smith and Sumner counties William Trousdale (1790–1872), Creek and Mexican-American War soldier and officer, state senator and Governor of Tennessee. &&&&&&&&&&&07259.&&&&&07,259 &&&&&&&&&&&&0114.&&&&&0114 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0295.&&&&&0295 km²)
State map highlighting Trousdale County
Unicoi County 171 Erwin 1875 Washington and Carter County Native American word for the southern Appalachian Mountains, probably meaning white or fog-draped &&&&&&&&&&017667.&&&&&017,667 &&&&&&&&&&&&0186.&&&&&0186 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0482.&&&&&0482 km²)
State map highlighting Unicoi County
Union County 173 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 &&&&&&&&&&017808.&&&&&017,808 &&&&&&&&&&&&0224.&&&&&0224 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0580.&&&&&0580 km²)
State map highlighting Union County
Van Buren County 175 Spencer 1840 Warren and White counties U.S. President Martin Van Buren (1782–1862) &&&&&&&&&&&05508.&&&&&05,508 &&&&&&&&&&&&0247.&&&&&0247 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0640.&&&&&0640 km²)
State map highlighting Van Buren County
Warren County 177 McMinnville 1807 White, Jackson, Smith counties and Indian lands American Revolutionary War officer Joseph Warren (1741–1775), who sent Paul Revere on his famous midnight ride &&&&&&&&&&038276.&&&&&038,276 &&&&&&&&&&&&0433.&&&&&0433 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01121.&&&&&01,121 km²)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 179 Jonesborough 1777 Part of North Carolina U.S. President George Washington (1732–1799) &&&&&&&&&0107198.&&&&&0107,198 &&&&&&&&&&&&0326.&&&&&0326 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0844.&&&&&0844 km²)
State map highlighting Washington County
Wayne County 181 Waynesboro 1817 Hickman County American Revolutionary War General "Mad" Anthony Wayne (1745–1796) &&&&&&&&&&016842.&&&&&016,842 &&&&&&&&&&&&0734.&&&&&0734 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01901.&&&&&01,901 km²)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Weakley County 183 Dresden 1823 Indian lands U.S. Representative Robert Weakley (1764–1845). &&&&&&&&&&034895.&&&&&034,895 &&&&&&&&&&&&0580.&&&&&0580 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01502.&&&&&01,502 km²)
State map highlighting Weakley County
White County 185 Sparta 1806 Jackson and Smith counties John White, Revolutionary War soldier and the first European-American settler in the county &&&&&&&&&&023102.&&&&&023,102 &&&&&&&&&&&&0377.&&&&&0377 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&&0976.&&&&&0976 km²)
State map highlighting White County
Williamson County 187 Franklin 1799 Davidson County U.S. Representative Hugh Williamson (1735–1819). &&&&&&&&&0126638.&&&&&0126,638 &&&&&&&&&&&&0582.&&&&&0582 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01507.&&&&&01,507 km²)
State map highlighting Williamson County
Wilson County 189 Lebanon 1799 Sumner County David Wilson, a member of the legislatures of North Carolina and the Southwest Territory. &&&&&&&&&&088808.&&&&&088,808 &&&&&&&&&&&&0571.&&&&&0571 sq mi
(&&&&&&&&&&&01479.&&&&&01,479 km²)
State map highlighting Wilson County

Former counties[change | edit source]

There are two former counties in Tennessee:

  • James County (1870–1919) - Now part of Hamilton County. The county seat was Ooltewah.
  • Tennessee County (1788–1796) - When Tennessee achieved statehood, the previous Tennessee County in North Carolina became Tennessee County, Tennessee, and was divided into Montgomery and Robertson Counties.

Consolidated counties[change | edit source]

Three Tennessee counties operate under consolidated city-county governments, a city and county that have been merged into one jurisdiction. As such, these governments are simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation, and a county, which is an administrative division of a state.

References[change | edit source]