Spencer, TN Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Spencer, Tennessee - Basic Facts

The Town of Spencer had a population of 1,638 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

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


Total Population 1,638
Daytime Population: Workers 750
Daytime Population: Residents 1,057
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,807
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.10
Population in Households 1,581
Population in Familes 1,305
Population in Group Qrtrs 57
Population Density2 238
Diversity Index3 10


Median Household Income $31,491
Average Household Income $44,043
Per Capita Income $18,153


Total Housing Units 730 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 475 (65.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 167 (22.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 88 (12.1%)
Median Home Value $87,329
Average Home Value $133,421


Total Households 642
Average Household Size 2.46
Family Households 438
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 0.32% 0.54%
Households 0.22% 0.49%
Families 0.61% 0.41%
Median Household Income   0.5%
Per Capita Income   1.33%

Spencer, TN - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Spencer 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 # 222 48th
Population Density # 334 22nd
Diversity Index # 361 16th
Median Household Income # 367 14th
Per Capita Income # 359 16th

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