Introduction to Pulaski, Tennessee

Pulaski, Tennessee, in Giles county, is 41 miles NW of Huntsville, Alabama and 68 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee. The city has a population of 7,871.

Pulaski History

Pulaski was named in honor of Kazimierz Pulaski, a colonial army officer for the U.S. during the Revolution. The first election of the city was held on August 19, 1820. The city experienced a number of skirmishes during the American Civil War. It is the birthplace of Ku Klux Klan, which was founded in 1865 by James Crowe, Calvin Jones, John Lester, John Kennedy, Frank McCord and Richard Reed. Pulaski is the county seat of Giles County.

Pulaski and nearby Attractions

  • Green Acres Shopping Center
  • Abernathy Lake
  • Giles County Historical Museum
  • David Crockett State Park
  • Sam Davis Museum
  • Joe Wheeler State Park

Things To Do In Pulaski

Pulaski has numerous parks, including Richland Park, Washington Heights Park, Magazine Road Park, Cave Springs Park, South Patterson Park, Richland Park and North End Park. The Village Square Shopping Center and Green Acres Shopping Center are the local shopping destinations. A visit to the Giles County Historical Museum and the Sam Davis Museum may prove interesting to those hoping to learn more about the area’s history. The David Crockett State Park and the Joe Wheeler State Park are in the area as well. In addition, the city hosts the Giles County Fair every August.

Pulaski Transportation

Huntsville International is the nearest major airport.

Pulaski Higher Education

Martin Methodist College and the Tennessee Technology Center at Pulaski are the local institutions of higher education. Columbia State Community College, the University of Alabama at Huntsville and John C. Calhoun State Community College also provide facilities for higher education.


Total Population 7,648
Male Share of the Population 47.8%
Female Share of the Population 52.2%
Senior Citizens 17.1%
Employed Population 16+ 2,976
Age of the Population 37


% of people married 39.1%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 15.5%
Median Earnings25+ $23,631
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,063
Median Earnings With High School Degree $18,542


Median Family Income $38,421
% Above Poverty Level 73.3%
% Below Poverty Level 26.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 17 minutes
% Working from Home 0.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 31.5%
Median Gross Rent $588
Median House Value $93,300


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 42%
US/American 0%
English 4.5%
Irish 8.6%

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

Pulaski Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles NW of Huntsville, Alabama (center to center)
Nearest Large City 68 miles S of Nashville, Tennessee
County Giles
Standard Zip Codes 38478
Phone Area Codes 931
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.199
Longitude -87.03

Pulaski Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 1.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 56.4 inches
Distance 26 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58 inches
Station ATHENS 2
Distance 27.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 48 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 58.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Cornersville 1,315 $50,625
Elkton 633 $51,932
Ethridge 613 $30,156
Lawrenceburg 10,487 $35,973
Lynnville 334 $48,750
Minor Hill 615 $45,417

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

Pulaski Public Libraries

Giles County Public Library
Pulaski, Tennessee
(931) 363-2720
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Pulaski Hospitals

(931) 363-7531
Emergency Service: Yes

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