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Sumner County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennesseemarker. As of 2000, the population was 130,449. Its county seat is Gallatinmarker, but its largest town is Hendersonvillemarker. The county is named after Revolutionary War figure Jethro Sumner.

Sumner County is part of the Nashville-DavidsonmarkerMufreesboromarkerFranklinmarker Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Sumner County is located in Middle Tennessee along the northern boundary of the state, on the border with Kentuckymarker. The Cumberland River was important to early trade and transportation, as it merges with the Ohio River to the west. Sumner County is in the Greater Nashvillemarker metropolitan area.According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles (1,407 km²), of which, 529 square miles (1,371 km²) of it is land and 14 square miles (36 km²) of it (2.54%) is water.

Adjacent counties


As of the census of 2000, there were 130,449 people, 48,941 households, and 37,048 families residing in the county. The population density was 246 people per square mile (95/km²). There were 51,657 housing units at an average density of 98 per square mile (38/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.49% White, 5.78% Black or African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.66% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.80% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. 1.76% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Age pyramid Sumner County
By 2005 89.1% of Sumner County's population was non-Hispanic whites while 6.5% was African-American and 2.5% was Latino.

In 2000 there were 48,941 households out of which 36.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.10% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.30% were non-families. 20.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.30% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.30% from 45 to 64, and 10.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $46,030, and the median income for a family was $52,125. Males had a median income of $36,875 versus $25,720 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,164. About 6.20% of families and 8.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.50% of those under age 18 and 10.00% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns


Board of Education

Schools in the county 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 to 2007 school year was approximately $158 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.


Elementary schools (K–5)
  • Beech Elementary School
  • Benny Bills Elementary School
  • Bethpage Elementary School
  • Clyde Riggs Elementary School
  • Gene Brown Elementary School
  • George Whitten Elementary School
  • Guild Elementary School
  • H. B. Williams Elementary School
  • Howard Elementary School
  • Indian Lake Elementary School
  • Jack Anderson Elementary School
  • Lakeside Park Elementary School
  • Madison Creek Elementary School
  • Millersville Elementary School
  • Nannie Berry Elementary School
  • North Sumner Elementary School
  • Oakmont Elementary School
  • Portland Gateview Elementary School
  • Station Camp Elementary School
  • Union Elementary School (year-round school)
  • Vena Stuart Elementary School
  • Walton Ferry Elementary School
  • Watt Hardison Elementary School
  • Westmoreland Elementary School
  • Wiseman Elementary School

Middle schools (6–8)
  • Ellis Middle School
  • Hawkins Middle School
  • Knox Doss at Drakes Creek Middle School
  • Portland East Middle School
  • Portland West Middle School
  • Rucker-Stewart Middle School
  • Shafer Middle School
  • Station Camp Middle School
  • T. W. Hunter Middle School
  • Westmoreland Middle School
  • White House Middle School

High schools (9–12)

Magnet schools

Alternative schools
  • R. T. Fischer Alternative School (K–12)

Private schools
  • Saint John Vianney Catholic Elementary School (K–8)
  • Southside Christian School (K–12)
  • Sumner Academy (K–8)



  1. Based on 2000 census data
  2. "FY 2007–2008 Budget Document." Sumner County Schools. 22 August 2007. Retrieved on 28 July 2009.
  3. "About Sumner County Schools." Sumner County Schools. Retrieved on 12 September 2008.
  4. "Elementary Schools." Sumner County Schools. Retrieved on 28 July 2009.
  5. "Middle Schools." Sumner County Schools. Retrieved on 28 July 2009.
  6. "High Schools." Sumner County Schools. Retrieved on 28 July 2009.

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