Crockett County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 14,586. Its county seat is Alamo.
Crockett County is included in the Jackson, TN Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Crockett County was formed in 1871 from portions of Haywood, Madison, Dyer and Gibson counties. It is named in honor of David Crockett (1786–1836), frontier humorist, soldier, Tennessee state legislator and U.S. congressman, and defender of the Alamo.
In 1876, Crockett County Sheriff R. G. Harris and 19 other unidentified men removed four African Americans from the county jail and beat them, killing one of them. In United States v. Harris (1883), the Supreme Court ruled that the Sheriff could not be prosecuted under federal law.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 266 square miles (690 km²), of which 266 square miles (690 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km²) (0.08%) is water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 14,532 people, 5,632 households, and 4,066 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 6,138 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 81.96% White, 14.37% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 2.79% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 5.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
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