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Ripley, Tennessee


Ripley, Tennessee

Ripley, Tennessee
City Square in Ripley
City Square in Ripley
Motto: "Come see what's going on"
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Tennessee.
Location in Lauderdale County and the state of Tennessee.
Country United States
State Tennessee
County Lauderdale
Founded 1836[1]
Incorporated 1838[1]
Named for Eleazer Ripley[2]
 • Total 12.8 sq mi (33.3 km2)
 • Land 12.8 sq mi (33.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 446 ft (136 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 7,844
 • Density 612.3/sq mi (236.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38063
Area code(s) 731
FIPS code 47-63340[3]
GNIS feature ID 1299470[4]

Ripley is a city in Lauderdale County, Tennessee. The population was 7,844 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Lauderdale County.[5] The current mayor is Jon Pavletic.


  • Geography 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Culture 3
    • Schools 3.1
    • Churches 3.2
  • Recreation and fitness 4
    • Ripley parks and recreation 4.1
  • Downtown revitalization 5
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Ripley is located at (35.743115, -89.533872).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.9 square miles (33 km2), of which 12.8 square miles (33 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (0.31%) is water.

Ripley is located on the southeastern edge of the New Madrid Seismic Zone, an area with a high earthquake risk.


As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 7,844 people, 3,142 households, and 2,054 families residing in the city. The population density was 612.3 people per square mile (236.4/km²). There were 3,397 housing units at an average density of 265.2 per square mile (102.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 51.56% White, 46.81% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.38% from other races, and 0.83% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.07% of the population.

There were 3,142 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 23.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.6% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 11.0% from 18 to 24, 27.2% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 14.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 84.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,662, and the median income for a family was $34,183. Males had a median income of $31,321 versus $20,661 for females. The per capita income for the city was $13,710. About 22.1% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.1% of those under age 18 and 27.5% of those age 65 or over.



  • Lauderdale Middle School
  • Ripley Primary School
  • Ripley Elementary School
  • Ripley High School
  • Abundant Life Christian School
  • First Apostolic Academy
  • Gateway Christian School
  • Tennessee Technology Center-Ripley
  • University of Tennessee-Martin, Ripley Campus

In 2009, Ripley appeared on Newsmax magazine's list of the "Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities and Towns," a piece written by current CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg. In determining his ranking, Greenberg cited the city's extensive involvement in the National Defense University program. According to the article, Ripley is one of the first stops for military students in the program and is also "the only site where students stay with families and are immersed in the American lifestyle."[10]


  • Maranatha Baptist Church
  • Asbury United Methodist Church
  • Ave Maria Catholic Church
  • Calvary Hill Baptist Church
  • Curve Baptist Church
  • First Apostolic Church
  • First Assembly of God
  • First Baptist Church
  • First United Methodist Church
  • Grace Baptist Church
  • Holly Grove Baptist Church
  • Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses
  • Mary's Chapel Baptist Church
  • New Beginnings Christian Center
  • Walnut Grove Baptist Church
  • Whitefield Assembly of God
  • Immanuel Episcopal Church
  • Macedonia Baptist Church
  • Ripley Church of God
  • Ripley Church of Christ
  • Spiller Hill Church of God In Christ
  • Gospel Rock Holiness Church
  • Olive Branch Baptist Church
  • Spirit of Deliverance Ministries
  • Lightfoot Methodist Church
  • Abundant Life Assembly of God
  • Central Community Church

Recreation and fitness

Ripley parks and recreation

Ripley Park, also known as Ripley Pool and Waterslide, is located at 200 Mary Robert. Its facilities include: pool with water slide, playground equipment, seven pavilions that require reservations, grills, 4 athletic field complex, 4 state of the art tennis courts, 1.1 mile walking trail, large grassy areas parking, restrooms, and the park office.

Downtown revitalization

As one of the six cities selected in Tennessee for downtown revitalization, extensive work is being done around the town square and adjacent areas. Work began in the fall of 2008 and the courthouse square was completed in May 2010.

Notable people

Austin Crutchfield- American war hero oef 11-12 Jim Hickman - Major League Baseball player


  1. ^ a b Paul Hellman, Historical Gazetteer of the United States (Taylor and Francis, 2005), p. 1025.
  2. ^ Nancy Capace, Encyclopedia of Tennessee (North American Book Distributors, 2000), p. 214.
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses".  
  9. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ Greenberg, Peter. "Newsmax Magazine Rates the Top 25 Most Uniquely American Cities And Towns". Retrieved 16 January 2014. 

External links

  • Official site
  • Map of Ripley
  • Lauderdale County Tomato Festival
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