Spencer, TN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Spencer, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The Town of Spencer had a population of 1,624 as of July 1, 2015. Spencer ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Tennessee. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Spencer is located at latitude 35.7392 and longitude -85.4557 in Van Buren County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Spencer (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.87 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Van Buren County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,798 feet.

The Town of Spencer (GNIS ID: 2407380) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Spencer is located within Commissioner District 1, a minor civil division (MCD) of Van Buren County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Spencer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Spencer, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 1,624
Population in Households 1,567
Population in Familes 1,295
Population in Group Qrtrs 57
Population Density1 236
Diversity Index2 8


Total Households 648
Average Household Size 2.42
Family Households 444
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 728 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 473 (65.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 175 (24.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 80 (11.0%)
Median Home Value $76,370
Average Home Value $96,459


Median Household Income $28,714
Average Household Income $41,900
Per Capita Income $17,337
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.27% 0.51%
Households 0.48% 0.55%
Families 1.11% 0.45%
Median Household Income   2.85%
Per Capita Income   2.61%
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.


Spencer, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Spencer to the other 428 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 224 48th
Population Density1 # 334 22nd
Diversity Index2 # 374 12th
Median Household Income # 387 10th
Per Capita Income # 347 19th

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