Introduction to Henderson, Tennessee

Henderson, Tennessee, in Chester county, is 15 miles SE of Jackson, Tennessee and 82 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee. The city benefits from easy access to the nearby cities and towns that it shares the Jackson metropolitan area with. Henderson contains a population of approximately 5,670.

Henderson History

Henderson was named in honor of James Henderson, who was an American officer in the War of 1812. The city was officially incorporated in July 1969. Henderson is the county seat of Chester County, which was organized in 1879 and was the last county created in Tennessee.

Henderson and nearby Attractions

  • Chickasaw State Park
  • Coon Creek Science Center
  • Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park
  • McNairy County Museum
  • Big Hill Pond State Park
  • Casey Jones Home and Railroad Museum

Things To Do In Henderson

Henderson offers easy access to the Pinson Mounds State Archaeological Park, the Chickasaw State Park, the Big Hill Pond State Park, the Pickwick Landing State Park and the Shiloh National Military Park. The Cool Springs Baptist Church, the Henderson Church of Christ, the Sanford Hill Baptist Church and the Henderson First Baptist Church are some of the local churches. The city also hosts the Chester County Barbecue Festival every September.

Henderson Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Henderson Higher Education

Freed-Hardeman University is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Union University, Jackson State Community College and Northeast Mississippi Community College.


Total Population 6,429
Male Share of the Population 41.2%
Female Share of the Population 58.8%
Senior Citizens 10.6%
Employed Population 16+ 2,167
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 30.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 16.7%
Median Earnings25+ $30,363
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $26,546
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,763


Median Family Income $48,548
% Above Poverty Level 69.6%
% Below Poverty Level 30.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 29 minutes
% Working from Home 4.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 4.9%
% Using Public Transportation 0.2%


People Living Alone 30%
Median Gross Rent $637
Median House Value $107,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.8%
US/American 0%
English 11.4%
Irish 13.3%

Henderson Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles SE of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 82 miles E of Memphis, Tennessee
County Chester
Metro Area Jackson
Standard Zip Codes 38340
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.439
Longitude -88.641

Henderson Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 16.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 46 F
Apr Temp 48 to 71 F
Jul Temp 70 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.8 inches
Distance 19.1 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 47 F
Apr Temp 49 to 72 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches
Distance 36.8 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 49 F
Apr Temp 51 to 74 F
Jul Temp 71 to 92 F
Oct Temp 50 to 75 F
Annual Precip 56.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethel Springs 847 $36,923
Enville 226 $44,375
Finger 330 $30,417
Jackson 67,190 $51,073
Medon 153 $33,750
Milledgeville 226 $40,938

Henderson Public Libraries

Chester County Library
Henderson, Tennessee
(901) 989-4673

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