Introduction to Paris, Tennessee

Paris, Tennessee, in Henry county, is 54 miles NE of Jackson, Tennessee and 86 miles W of Nashville, Tennessee. The city has a population of 9,763.

Paris History

Paris is the county seat of Henry County. The county was named after the famed Virginia orator, Patrick Henry. It has been home to several notable people, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Howell Edmunds Jackson, Cherry Jones, an award winning actress, country music artist Hank Williams Jr, and former Tennessee governor James D. Porter Jr.

Paris and nearby Attractions

  • Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge
  • Henry County Court House
  • Browning Gordon Museum
  • Waverly Train Explosion Memorial Museum
  • Maiden Park

Things To Do In Paris

Maiden Park and the Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge offer visitors various outdoor recreational opportunities. Local festivals include the Henry County Fair and the World’s Biggest Fish Fry. One can also visit the 18 meter replica of the Eiffel Tower.

Paris Transportation

Barkley Regional Airport is nearby.

Paris Higher Education

Tennessee Technology Center at Paris is the local institution of higher education. Others in the neighborhood include Murray State University, Union University and Jackson State Community College.


Total Population 10,165
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 18.2%
Employed Population 16+ 3,603
Age of the Population 39


% of people married 45.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 14.4%
Median Earnings25+ $25,794
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,992
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,310


Median Family Income $39,066
% Above Poverty Level 69.5%
% Below Poverty Level 30.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 14 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%


People Living Alone 35.4%
Median Gross Rent $625
Median House Value $81,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 33%
US/American 0%
English 8.6%
Irish 15.7%

Paris Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 54 miles NE of Jackson, Tennessee (center to center)
Nearest Large City 86 miles W of Nashville, Tennessee
County Henry
Standard Zip Codes 38242
Phone Area Codes 731
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.301
Longitude -88.326

Paris Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station PARIS 2 SE
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 43 F
Apr Temp 45 to 69 F
Jul Temp 67 to 88 F
Oct Temp 46 to 70 F
Annual Precip 53.6 inches
Distance 20.9 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 21.5 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 44 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 54.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Big Sandy 593 $35,625
Gleason 1,365 $42,938
Henry 480 $37,868
Hollow Rock 589 $33,854
McKenzie 5,561 $42,021
Puryear 785 $44,063

Paris Public Libraries

W. G. Rhea Public Library
Paris, Tennessee
(731) 642-1702

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Paris Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(731) 642-1220
Emergency Service: Yes

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