Volume 51, Number 43

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, October 23, 2014

US Census reports Pickett County population increases 2.7%

By: Amanda Hill Bond
The latest 2010 U.S. Census Bureau report lists Tennessee's population at 6,346,106 which is up 11.5% from 5,689,276. The report revealed Pickett County still remains the state's smallest county with a population of 5,077, up 2.7% from the 2000 census count of 4,945.
The city of Byrdstown's population dropped from 903 in 2000 to 803 with a loss of 100 people.
The government's U.S. Census is taken every ten years and gives important information which can help with facts in establishing state and federal legislative districts.
Pickett County census count shows the county has 2,060 households with a per capita income of $16,588 which is lower than the state's number of $23,557. Persons living in Pickett County below poverty level is 19.8%. Residents age 65 and over make up 22.7% of the population and females make up 50.9% of the population and own 41% of the county's firms.
A recent Associated Press article said that many rural areas can't attract workers because there aren't any jobs, and businesses won't relocate there because there aren't enough qualified workers. The census report showed a number of 73.1% of persons in Pickett County who have at least a high school education.
Before Dale Hollow Lake was formed, and shortly thereafter, the county's population topped 6,000. Since then the county has struggled to break the 5,000 mark. Pickett County's land area is 325,840 square miles, with most of the county under Dale Hollow Lake or a state park. Many demographers say rural areas in the United States could shrink to ghost towns with the migration of people to more metropolitan areas, however as long as we have Dale Hollow Lake, that seems unlikely for Pickett County.

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