Introduction to Covington, States

Covington, Tennessee, in Tipton county, is 36 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Memphis metropolitan area with. Covington’s population is approximately 8,463.

Covington History

Covington is the county seat of Tipton County. The Paducah and Memphis railroad first entered the area in 1873. In 1882, a telegraph line was opened between Covington and Memphis. The city was connected to electricity in the year 1894. It is believed that the city was named in honor of General Leonard Wales Covington, an American officer during the war of 1812.

Covington and nearby Attractions

  • Tipton County Museum
  • Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge
  • Alex Haley House Museum
  • Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village
  • Fort Pillow State Park
  • Rose Garden

Things To Do In Covington

The Cobb Memorial Park, Shelton Park, Lower Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge and Fort Pillow State Park that offer a host of facilities for recreation. One can also visit the Tipton County Museum, the Alex Haley House Museumn or the Chucalissa Prehistoric Indian Village from Covington. The city celebrates the Heritage Day Festival every September.

Covington Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Covington Higher Education

Tennessee Technology Center at Covington is the local institution offering courses in higher studies. Other nearby institutions include the University of Memphis, Union University and Jackson State Community College.


Total Population 9,033
Male Share of the Population 46.8%
Female Share of the Population 53.2%
Senior Citizens 15.9%
Employed Population 16+ 3,354
Age of the Population 41


% of people married 27.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 9%
Median Earnings25+ $27,110
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,750
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,467


Median Family Income $34,306
% Above Poverty Level 70.6%
% Below Poverty Level 29.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%


People Living Alone 33.5%
Median Gross Rent $619
Median House Value $96,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 58.3%
US/American 0%
English 5.9%
Irish 6.8%

Covington Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 36 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Tipton
Metro Area Memphis
Standard Zip Codes 38019
Phone Area Codes 901
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.564
Longitude -89.646

Covington Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 53.3 inches
Station RIPLEY
Distance 14.3 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Station KEISER
Distance 25.6 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 45 F
Apr Temp 49 to 71 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Atoka 8,727 $83,500
Brighton 2,931 $61,985
Burlison 451 $49,107
Gilt Edge 528 $40,938
Henning 887 $28,036
Mason 1,357 $32,014

Covington Public Libraries

Tipton County Public Library
Covington, Tennessee
(901) 476-8289

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Covington Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Church)
1995 HIGHWAY 51 S
(901) 476-2621
Emergency Service: Yes

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