Introduction to Martin, Tennessee

Martin, Tennessee, in Weakley county, is 50 miles N of Jackson, Tennessee and 106 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee. The city has a population of 10,515.

Martin History

Martin was established in 1873. The area was at that time the point of intersection between the Mississippi Central Railroad and the Northwestern and Nashville Railroad. The original settlement was named Green Briar Glade, due to the bramble briars and scrubby timber in the area. After the completion of the Central Illinois Railroad in 1873, the city was renamed Frost Depot. Later on, the name of town was changed to Martin, after William Martin.

Martin and nearby Attractions

  • Obion County Museum
  • Big Oak Tree State Park
  • Reelfoot Lake State Park
  • New Madrid Historical Museum
  • Big Cypress Tree State Park
  • Columbus Belmont State Park

Things To Do In Martin

Virginia Weldon Park, Rotary Field, Big Oak Tree State Park and Columbus Belmont State Park offer facilities for outdoor recreation. The Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge is also a notable location in the area. Local churches include the Martin Church of Christ, Central Baptist Church and the Miles Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.

Martin Transportation

Memphis International is the nearest major airport.

Martin Higher Education

The University of Tennessee is the local institution of higher education. Other nearby institutions are Union University, John A Logan College and Murray State University.


Total Population 11,199
Male Share of the Population 46.4%
Female Share of the Population 53.6%
Senior Citizens 11.1%
Employed Population 16+ 4,569
Age of the Population 24


% of people married 32.9%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.9%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $50,885
% Above Poverty Level 69.2%
% Below Poverty Level 30.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 16 minutes
% Working from Home 2.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 7.4%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 30.7%
Median Gross Rent $570
Median House Value $124,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 31.5%
US/American 0.2%
English 9.5%
Irish 9.9%

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

Martin Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 50 miles N of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 106 miles NE of Memphis, Tennessee
County Weakley
Standard Zip Codes 38237
Company Zip Codes 38238
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.343
Longitude -88.85

Martin Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.1 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 44 F
Apr Temp 46 to 69 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 53.1 inches
Distance 9.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 54.8 inches
Distance 28 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 44 F
Apr Temp 48 to 70 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 46 to 72 F
Annual Precip 52.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Dresden 2,924 $61,364
Greenfield 2,262 $47,125
Rives 232 $49,844
Sharon 989 $34,830
South Fulton 2,448 $41,571
Union City 10,722 $42,273

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

Martin Public Libraries

C. E. Weldon Public Library
Martin, Tennessee
(731) 587-3148
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Martin Hospitals

(731) 587-4261
Emergency Service: Yes

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