Newbern, Tennessee

Summary

Newbern, Tennessee
Motto(s): 
"Home of the Newbern Illinois Central Depot"
Location of Newbern in Dyer County, Tennessee.
Location of Newbern in Dyer County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 36°6′59″N 89°16′5″W / 36.11639°N 89.26806°W / 36.11639; -89.26806Coordinates: 36°6′59″N 89°16′5″W / 36.11639°N 89.26806°W / 36.11639; -89.26806
CountryUnited States
StateTennessee
CountyDyer
Incorporated1857-1858
Government
 • TypeCharter
 • MayorPam Mabry
Area
 • Total4.53 sq mi (11.74 km2)
 • Land4.53 sq mi (11.74 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
374 ft (114 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total3,313
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
3,292
 • Density726.07/sq mi (280.32/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
38059
Area code(s)731
FIPS code47-52400[3]
GNIS feature ID1295678[4]
Websitehttp://www.cityofnewbern.org/

Newbern is a town in Dyer County, Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the town population was 3,313.

History

In October 1902, Garfield Burley and Curtis Brown were lynched in downtown Newbern. Burley and Brown were tied together and hung from a telephone pole within sight of the town's train depot. The lynching is notable due to the efforts of several local community leaders to prevent it.[5]

On April 2, 2006, sixteen people were killed in Newbern when it and its surrounding communities were directly hit by an F3 tornado. The storm caused nearly $15 million in damages.[6][7]

Geography

Newbern is located at 36°6′59″N 89°16′5″W / 36.11639°N 89.26806°W / 36.11639; -89.26806 (36.116460, -89.268099).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12 km2), all land.

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Newbern has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]

Climate data for Newbern, Tennessee
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 47
(8)
51
(11)
60
(16)
71
(22)
80
(27)
88
(31)
91
(33)
90
(32)
84
(29)
74
(23)
60
(16)
50
(10)
70
(21)
Average low °F (°C) 28
(−2)
31
(−1)
38
(3)
48
(9)
57
(14)
65
(18)
68
(20)
66
(19)
59
(15)
48
(9)
38
(3)
30
(−1)
48
(9)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 4.5
(110)
4
(100)
5
(130)
4.7
(120)
4.6
(120)
4
(100)
4
(100)
3.2
(81)
3.4
(86)
3.2
(81)
4.3
(110)
4.6
(120)
49.5
(1,260)
Source: Weatherbase [10]

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880506
18901,236144.3%
19001,43315.9%
19101,60211.8%
19201,76710.3%
19301,621−8.3%
19401,7407.3%
19501,734−0.3%
19601,695−2.2%
19702,12425.3%
19802,79431.5%
19902,515−10.0%
20002,98818.8%
20103,31310.9%
2019 (est.)3,292[2]−0.6%
Sources:[11][12]

2020 census

Newbern racial composition[13]
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 2,491 74.38%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 459 13.71%
Native American 22 0.66%
Asian 18 0.54%
Pacific Islander 1 0.03%
Other/Mixed 164 4.9%
Hispanic or Latino 194 5.79%

As of the 2020 United States Census, there were 3,349 people, 1,252 households, and 762 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,988 people, 1,202 households, and 854 families residing in the town. The population density was 241.4/km2

There were 1,202 households, out of which 35.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.5% were married couples living together, 17.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.9% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.7% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 12.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 84.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,262, and the median income for a family was $36,853. Males had a median income of $28,393 versus $19,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,575. About 14.6% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 13.9% of those age 65 or over.

Rail transportation

The Newbern Depot

The Newbern Depot houses a museum. The museum exhibits old photos, railroad tools, uniforms, schedules, and other memorabilia, along with model trains and artwork commemorating the town's railroading past.[14] On February 2, 2011 a truck was hit by a train at the crossing west of the depot. The semi landed within ten feet of the depot but caused no building damage. No one was reported injured in this event and the train itself acquired little damage, stopping prior to blocking the crossing located to the west of the depot.[15]

Every year, the town holds a celebration around the train depot called Depot Days.[16]

Education

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Vandiver, Margaret (2005). Lethal Punishment: Lynchings and Legal Executions in the South. Rutgers University Press. pp. 38, 39, 40. ISBN 9780813537290.
  6. ^ "Damage estimates near $15 million". State Gazette. April 4, 2006. Archived from the original on 2006-04-06. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  7. ^ "10 years later: Dyer County devastation". WMC TV (in American English). Retrieved 2019-09-28.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Newbern, Tennessee
  10. ^ "Weatherbase.com". Weatherbase. 2013. Retrieved on October 25, 2013.
  11. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  12. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved 2021-12-08.
  14. ^ "Visitors Guide to the Newbern Depot & Railroad Museum". Visitors Guide to the Middle Mississippi River Valley. greatriverroad.com. Retrieved February 21, 2014.
  15. ^ "Train collides with semi-truck in Newbern, no reported injuries". State Gazette. February 3, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2019.
  16. ^ "Newbern Depot Days" (in American English). Retrieved 2019-09-28.