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Claiborne County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennesseemarker. As of 2000, the population was 29,862. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 31,033  [13771]. Its county seat is Tazewellmarker.


Claiborne County was established on October 29, 1801, created from Grainger and Hawkins counties and extended the southern boundary to Anderson Countymarker. It was named for Virginiamarker tidewater aristocrat William C. C. Claiborne, one of the first judges of the Superior Court and one of the first representatives in U.S. Congress from Tennessee.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 442 square miles (1,144 km²), of which, 434 square miles (1,125 km²) of it is land and 7 square miles (19 km²) of it (1.65%) is water.

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As of the census of 2000, there were 29,862 people, 11,799 households, and 8,684 families residing in the county. The population density was 69 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 13,262 housing units at an average density of 30 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.79% White, 0.75% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.28% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.19% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.64% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Age pyramid Claiborne County
There were 11,799 households out of which 32.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 11.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.70% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 93.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,782, and the median income for a family was $31,234. Males had a median income of $26,280 versus $19,951 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,032. About 18.40% of families and 22.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.70% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.

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