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Overview

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.

People

Total Population 8,325
Male Share of the Population 44.3%
Female Share of the Population 55.7%
Senior Citizens 21.8%
Employed Population 16+ 2,863
Age of the Population 45

Families

% of people married 38%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 10.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $35,581
% Above Poverty Level 77.1%
% Below Poverty Level 22.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.2%
% Using Public Transportation %

Housing

People Living Alone 33.1%
Median Gross Rent $608
Median House Value $72,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 40.7%
US/American 0%
English 4.3%
Irish 5.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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

Notes:

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

Station MILAN EXP STN
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
Station JACKSON EXP STA
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
Station JACKSON MCKELLAR-SPES AP
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 2,281 $44,292
Gadsden 458 $37,500
Medina 3,944 $72,770
Milan 7,817 $40,330
Three Way 1,641 $75,481
Trenton 4,188 $30,788

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Humboldt Public Libraries

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

HUMBOLDT GENERAL HOSPITAL INC
(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
3525 CHERE CAROL RD
(731) 784-2321
Emergency Service: Yes

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Humboldt High Schools

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2600 VIKING DR
731-784-2781
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