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Smyrna, Tennessee

Smyrna is a town located in Rutherford County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 25,569. Smyrna lies with in the Murfreesboro, Tennessee metropolitan area.

Smyrna is the location of a very large manufacturing facility for the Japanese automobile manufacturer Nissan, and has been since 1982. For many years, this facility was regarded as arguably the largest and most productive of its type in the world.


Smyrna is located at 35°58'46" North, 86°31'16" West (35.979574, -86.521108)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 59.5 km² (23.0 mi²). 59.1 km² (22.8 mi²) of it is land and 0.4 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.61% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 25,569 people, 9,608 households, and 7,061 families residing in the town. The population density is 432.4/km² (1,119.8/mi²). There are 10,016 housing units at an average density of 169.4/km² (438.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 87.23% White, 7.82% African American, 0.29% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 1.81% from other races, and 1.56% from two or more races. 4.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 9,608 households out of which 39.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% are married couples living together, 14.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 26.5% are non-families. 21.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 4.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.62 and the average family size is 3.04.

In the town the population is spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 35.1% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 6.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 32 years. For every 100 females there are 95.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $44,405, and the median income for a family is $51,550. Males have a median income of $37,130 versus $27,325 for females. The per capita income for the town is $19,704. 8.8% of the population and 6.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 11.4% are under the age of 18 and 8.2% are 65 or older.