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Spencer, Tennessee

Spencer is a town located in Van Buren County, Tennessee. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,713. It is the county seat of Van Buren County6.


\nSpencer is located at 35°44'37" North, 85°27'30" West (35.743740, -85.458408)
1. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 17.7 km² (6.8 mi²). 17.7 km² (6.8 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 1,713 people, 670 households, and 471 families residing in the town. The population density is 96.8/km² (250.9/mi²). There are 725 housing units at an average density of 41.0/km² (106.2/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 99.01% White, 0.23% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.23% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 670 households out of which 29.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.9% are married couples living together, 13.4% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% are non-families. 26.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.44 and the average family size is 2.94. In the town the population is spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 26.0% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.5 males. The median income for a household in the town is $25,583, and the median income for a family is $32,813. Males have a median income of $25,329 versus $20,735 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,529. 23.9% of the population and 19.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 34.2% are under the age of 18 and 27.5% are 65 or older.