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Wilson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennesseemarker. As of 2000, the population was 88,809. Its county seat is Lebanonmarker and largest city is Mt.marker Julietmarker.

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


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 583 square miles (1,510 km²), of which, 571 square miles (1,478 km²) of it is land and 13 square miles (33 km²) of it (2.17%) is water.

Adjacent counties


As of the census of 2000, there were 88,809 people, 32,798 households, and 25,582 families residing in the county. The population density was 156 people per square mile (60/km²).

There were 34,921 housing units at an average density of 61 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.50% White, 6.26% Black or African American, 0.32% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 1.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. Like many places in the south-east United States, Wilson County saw an increase in Latinos in the years 2000-2005, with them constituting 2.1% of the population by 2005.

Age pyramid Wilson County
There were 32,798 households out of which 37.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.20% were married couples living together, 10.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.00% were non-families. 18.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.70% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 9.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $50,140, and the median income for a family was $56,650. Males had a median income of $39,848 versus $26,794 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,739. About 4.60% of families and 6.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.80% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.

In the 2004 U.S. presidential election, 65 percent of voters supported the reelection of President of the United States George W. Bush.In the 2008 U.S. presidential election, 68 percent of voters favored Republican Senator John McCain.

By 2008 the population of Wilson County had risen to nearly 110,000.

School System

  • Wilson County, Tennessee has a public school system named Wilson County Schools.
  • Mt. Juliet has seven elementary schools, two middle schools, and one high school in the Wilson County School System.
  • Gladeville has one elementary school in the system and in a few years ( ) will have a middle school with the name of Gladeville/Rutland Middle.
  • Watertown, in the fall of 2007, changed its grade levels for each of the two schools in their city. Watertown Elementary changed from grades PK-6 to PK-8 and Watertown High School changed from grades 7-12 to 9-12. In a few years ( ) a new high school will be built and the old high school will become a middle school.

Notable residents

Cities and towns




  1. Based on 2000 census data
  2. 2008 Census Population Estimates by County

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