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The Town of Palmer had a population of 623 as of July 1, 2017. Palmer 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 Palmer is located at latitude 35.3575 and longitude -85.5656 in Grundy County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Palmer (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.94 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Grundy County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,818 feet.

The Town of Palmer (GNIS ID: 2407070) 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 Palmer is located within Commissioner District 2, a minor civil division (MCD) of Grundy County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Palmer population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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Palmer, TN Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 623
Daytime Population: Workers 87
Daytime Population: Residents 430
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 517
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.83
Population in Households 623
Population in Familes 507
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 126
Diversity Index3 5


Median Household Income $22,718
Average Household Income $34,399
Per Capita Income $13,229


Total Housing Units 296 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 211 (71.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 36 (12.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 49 (16.6%)
Median Home Value $81,683
Average Home Value $123,467


Total Households 247
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 165
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population -1.04% -0.62%
Households -1.12% -0.66%
Families -0.96% -0.74%
Median Household Income   -0.35%
Per Capita Income   0.98%

Palmer, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Palmer to the other 427 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Tennessee by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 330 23rd
Population Density # 393 8th
Diversity Index # 421 2nd
Median Household Income # 422 1st
Per Capita Income # 423 1st

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