Silerton, Tennessee

Silerton is a town in Hardeman and Chester counties in the western part of Tennessee. The population was 111 at the 2010 census.[5][6]

Silerton, Tennessee
Location of Silerton in Chester County, Tennessee.
Location of Silerton in Chester County, Tennessee.
Coordinates: 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194Coordinates: 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194
CountryUnited States
CountiesHardeman, Chester
 • Total0.67 sq mi (1.73 km2)
 • Land0.67 sq mi (1.73 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
427 ft (137 m)
 • Total111
 • Estimate 
 • Density148.20/sq mi (57.24/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)731
FIPS code47-68560[3]
GNIS feature ID1303620[4]


In 1869 Jesse, Spencer, Horace and Jame Siler, sons of Solomon Siler, and John, Josiah, James and Edward Siler, the sons of James Siler, purchased the land after moving from Siler City, North Carolina. There they raised their families, many of whom are still related to Silerton residents today. With the arrival of the Gulf, Mobile and Northern Railroad in 1917, Silerton became a railroad town. The depot would be named after the Siler family, many of whom maintained important businesses in the area. Eventually the town's name would be changed to "Silerton" to avoid confusion with the nearby town of Serles. The town would also grow into a venue for the timber trade.[6] In 1923 Silerton was incorporated as a municipality by a private act of the state legislature.[7]


Silerton is located in northeastern Hardeman County at 35°20′24″N 88°48′7″W / 35.34000°N 88.80194°W / 35.34000; -88.80194 (35.339926, -88.801872).[8] A small part of the town extends east into Chester County.

Tennessee State Route 125 passes through the town, leading southwest 14 miles (23 km) to Bolivar, the Hardeman County seat, and north 4 miles (6 km) to TN 100.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.66 square miles (1.7 km2), all land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201999[2]−10.8%

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 60 people, 28 households, and 15 families residing in the town. The population density was 149.4 people per square mile (57.9/km²). There were 34 housing units at an average density of 84.7 per square mile (32.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100% White.

There were 28 households out of which 25.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 7.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.9% were non-families. 39.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.69.

In the town, the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $17,083, and the median income for a family was $25,417. Males had a median income of $24,583 versus $12,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $25,571. There were 33.3% of families and 19.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 28.6% of under eighteens and 30.8% of those over 64.

Arts and cultureEdit

Silerton hosts two annual events: a Fourth of July celebration in the summer and a Children's Christmas Parade in December.[6]


Silerton is governed by a mayor and four aldermen, whom are elected every four years.[6]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 30, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Silerton town, Tennessee". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved July 6, 2015.
  6. ^ a b c d "Silerton". Cities & Towns. Hardeman, Tennessee. 2011. Retrieved 19 November 2011.
  7. ^ Tennessee Blue Book
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing: Decennial Censuses". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2012-03-04.
  10. ^ "Incorporated Places and Minor Civil Divisions Datasets: Subcounty Resident Population Estimates: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2012". Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.