Introduction to Humboldt, Tennessee

Humboldt, Tennessee, in Gibson county, is 15 miles N of Jackson, Tennessee and 78 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city has a population of 9,467.

Humboldt History

Humboldt was named in honor of a German naturalist named Alexander von Humboldt. The first business of the city was a store established in the 1850’s by John C. Gillespie. The Louisville and Nashville Railroad first reached the area in 1859. The city was incorporated in 1866. The West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, which is one of the major attractions in the area, started in 1934.

Humboldt and nearby Attractions

  • Davy Crockett Lake
  • Strawberry Museum
  • Casey Jones Home & Railroad Museum
  • Cypress Groove Nature Park
  • Britton Lane Battlefield Park
  • McNairy County Historical Museum

Things To Do In Humboldt

Humboldt provides amenities for several different types of recreational opportunities. One can visit the National Bird Dog Museum, the Beech River Cultural Center and Museum, the Cypress Grove Nature Park, the Pinson Mounds State Park and the Tennessee River Museum while in Humboldt. The Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge, the Pickwick Landing State Park and Chickasaw State Park are in the neighborhood as well. Local golfers can enjoy a round at the Humboldt Country Club. The city hosts the West Tennessee Strawberry Festival every May.

Humboldt Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Humboldt Higher Education

The University of Tennessee-Martin, Union University and Jackson State Community College provide higher education in the area.


Total Population 8,363
Male Share of the Population 42.2%
Female Share of the Population 57.8%
Senior Citizens 21.3%
Employed Population 16+ 2,999
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 37.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 8.3%
Median Earnings25+ $22,755
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $13,611
Median Earnings With High School Degree $17,161


Median Family Income $37,265
% Above Poverty Level 77.6%
% Below Poverty Level 22.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 38.3%
Median Gross Rent $598
Median House Value $75,500


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 36.6%
US/American 0%
English 5.6%
Irish 7.4%

Humboldt Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 15 miles N of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 78 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Gibson
Standard Zip Codes 38343
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.819
Longitude -88.915

Humboldt Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 11.6 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 45 F
Apr Temp 44 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 90 F
Oct Temp 42 to 73 F
Annual Precip 54.3 inches
Distance 14.8 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 15.2 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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamo 2,423 $42,664
Gadsden 336 $31,042
Medina 3,852 $65,083
Milan 7,826 $37,827
Three Way 1,579 $79,861
Trenton 4,215 $35,014

Humboldt Public Libraries

Humboldt Public Library
115 S. 16TH AVE.
Humboldt, Tennessee
(731) 784-2383
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Humboldt Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(731) 784-2321
Emergency Service: Yes

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