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Hendersonville is a city in Sumner Countymarker, Tennesseemarker, United Statesmarker, on Old Hickory Lakemarker. The population was 40,620 at the 2000 census. The city was settled around 1784 by Daniel Smith, and is named for William Henderson.


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 Dammarker in 1954, the city of Hendersonville started to grow into the most populous city of Sumner Countymarker and also one of the most populous suburbs of Nashville, along with Franklinmarker and Murfreesboromarker. The city contains around 0.7% of the population of Tennessee. In 2009 Hendersonville was named as one of the 10 best cities for families by Family Circle Magazine.

During the Civil War, Monthaven, a historic home on the National Historic Register, was used as a field hospital.

Danger of flooding

In 2007, it was announced that Wolf Creek Dammarker in Kentuckymarker 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 United States Army Corps of Engineers provided the local public library with flood maps. In 2009 Hendersonville was named as one of the 10 best cities for families by Family Circle Magazine.

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.


Hendersonville is located at (36.300084, -86.606109).

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 census 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.


Rhoades Car has its national headquarters in Hendersonville. It is the home of the Indian Lake Village business, shopping, residence, and recreation complex.


Wilson High School in Hendersonville

Board of Education

Hendersonville's schools are governed by the Sumner County Board of Education. The twelve-member group consists of eleven elected representatives from each of the eleven educational districts in the county, as well as the Director of Schools, Benny Bills. The members serve staggered four-year terms; the Director serves under contract with the Board of Education. The board conducts monthly meetings that are open to the public. The school system’s General Purpose School Fund budget during the 2006–07 school year was approximately $153.5 million.

The county-wide school system consists of approximately 1,950 teacher-licensed employees andapproximately 1,800 non-teacher employees. The system has more than 180 bus routes which cover more than per day. The floor space in all of the county's schools totals more than . Approximately 26,528 students were enrolled in the county school system as of August 2007.

Some areas of Hendersonville are also zoned for schools outside of the city limit's including schools in both Gallatin and Goodlettsville.


Elementary schools (K–5)
  • Jack Anderson Elementary School
  • Beech Elementary School
  • Gene Brown Elementary School
  • George A. Whitten Elementary School
  • Indian Lake Elementary School
  • Lakeside Park Elementary School
  • Nannie Berry Elementary School
  • Walton Ferry Elementary School

Middle schools (6–8)
  • Robert E. Ellis Middle School
  • Hawkins Middle School
  • T. W. Hunter Middle School
  • Knox Doss at Drakes Creek Middle School

High schools (9–12)

Magnet schools

Private schools

Notable natives and residents


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  2. "About Sumner County Schools." Sumner County Schools. Retrieved on 12 September 2008.
  3. "Medical Examiner Makes Preliminary Ruling in Death of Gary Allan's Wife." CMT. October 25, 2004. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  4. "Duane Allen." The Oak Ridge Boys. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  5. "Fire Destroys Johnny Cash's Hendersonville Home." WTVF. April 11, 2007. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  6. "Biography." William Lee Golden. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  7. "Pacman May Turn To Pro Wrestling." WTVF. July 30, 2007. Retrieved on December 8, 2008.
  9. "Country star, Ronnie McDowell, brings donations to Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital." Vanderbilt University. June 15, 2004. Retrieved on December 16, 2008.
  10. "Shape Shifter." Nashville Scene. September 2002. Retrieved on December 16, 2008.
  11. "Roy Orbison." The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved on December 16, 2008.
  12. Streissguth, Michael. Johnny Cash: The Biography. Da Capo Press, 2006. 156. ISBN 0-306-81368-8

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