Giles County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population was 29,447. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 29,297 . Its county seat is Pulaski .
According to the U.S.
county has a total area of 611 square miles (1,583 km²),
of which, 611 square miles (1,582 km²) of it is land and
0 square miles (1 km²) of it (0.04%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 29,447
people, 11,713 households, and 8,363 families residing in the
county. The population density
was 48 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 13,113 housing
units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The
racial makeup of the county was 86.44% White
, 11.80% Black
or African American
, 0.30% Native American
, 0.35% Asian
, 0.01% Pacific Islander
, 0.21% from
, and 0.89%
from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
Age pyramid Giles County
There were 11,713 households out of which 31.40% had children under
the age of 18 living with them, 55.80% were married couples
living together, 11.90% had a
female householder with no husband present, and 28.60% were
non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals
and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or
older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family
size was 2.96.
In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the
age of 18, 8.30% from 18 to 24, 27.90% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from
45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median
age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.40 males. For
every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,824, and
the median income for a family was $41,714. Males had a median
income of $31,221 versus $22,221 for females. The per capita income
for the county was
$17,543. About 9.00% of families and 11.70% of the population were
below the poverty line
14.50% of those under age 18 and 14.80% of those age 65 or over.
Giles County is named after William
, who was Senator of Virginia and sponsored the
admission of Tennessee as the sixteenth state into the Union. He
also sponsored the building of the city and courthouse, which has
burned four times. The current courthouse was built in 1859 by the
George Moore and Sons company. It cost about thirty thousand
dollars to complete. Though it stood through the Civil War, it
suffered much damage. One of Giles County's local heroes is James
McCullam, who served as Grandmaster of the Tennessee Masons, a
member of the Confederate Congress, and mayor. He lived in Giles
County for seventy years.
Until Maury Co was established in November 1807, the area of the
future Giles Co was considered to be part of Williamson Co. Two
years after the formation of Maury Co, Giles Co was created from
southern Maury Co on 14 November 1809 by an act of the State
Legislature. Nearly half of the new county lay in Chickasaw
territory until September 1816.From A Brief Sketch of the
Settlement and Early History of Giles County Tennessee by James
- Based on 2000