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Parsons, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The City of Parsons is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Decatur County at latitude 35.6515 and longitude -88.123. Decatur County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 495 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Parsons, but most people and references simply refer to it as Parsons, Tennessee.

The P1 Census Class Code for Parsons indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Parsons (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.14 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Parsons: Parsons Flats.

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Parsons, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 2,371
Population in Households 2,304
Population in Familes 1,830
Population in Group Qrtrs 67
Population Density1 572
Diversity Index2 23


Total Households 982
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 614
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,147 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 638 (55.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 344 (30.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 165 (14.4%)
Median Home Value $67,110
Average Home Value $78,247


Median Household Income $35,680
Average Household Income $45,264
Per Capita Income $18,750
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population -0.02% 0.06%
Households 0.0% -0.02%
Families 0.74% -0.2%
Median Household Income   1.99%
Per Capita Income   2.29%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Parsons, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Parsons to the other 428 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 176 59th
Population Density1 # 190 56th
Diversity Index2 # 160 63rd
Median Household Income # 255 41st
Per Capita Income # 258 40th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Tennessee Census Data Comparison Tool.