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Population

  • With 5,962,959 residents in 2005, Tennessee is the 16th most populated state in the U.S.
  • The total population of Tennessee grew 4.8 percent from 2000 to 2005 – a growth rate slightly below the U.S. average of 5.3 percent.
  • Tennessee is becoming more diverse. The percentage of Whites is declining while the percentages of Hispanics, African-Americans, and Asians are growing.

Distribution (%) of Total Population by Race/Ethnicity from 2000 to 2005
Race/Ethnicity 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005
White 79.3% 79.1% 78.8% 78.5% 78.2% 77.9%
Hispanic, Latino 2.2% 2.4% 2.5% 2.7% 2.8% 3.0%
African-American 16.4% 16.5% 16.6% 16.6% 16.7% 16.7%
Native American, AK Native 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2% 0.2%
Asian, Pacific Islander 1.0% 1.1% 1.1% 1.2% 1.2% 1.3%
Two or More Races 0.8% 0.8% 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.9%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Estimates

Tennessee - Cities and Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs)

  • The four largest cities (Metropolitan Areas) in Tennessee are Nashville-Davidson-Murfreesboro, Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga.
  • Nashville (the capital of TN) had an estimated population of 1,422,544 in 2005 – the 39th largest MSA in the U.S.
  • The estimated population in Memphis in 2005 was 1,260,905 – the 41st largest metropolitan area in the U.S.
  • Knoxville was the 78th largest metropolitan area with 655,400 residents.
  • The Chattanooga MSA had 492,126 residents – the 98th largest in the U.S.

Tennessee - Income and Poverty

  • In 2004, Tennessee ranked 34th among the 50 states in personal income per capita ($29,844 per resident).
  • Tennessee’s personal income relative to the U.S. rose from 72 percent in 1960 to 90 percent in 2004 (see below).

Personal Income per Capita in Tennessee as a Percent of the U.S. Average from 1960 to 2004
Tennessee per capita income map
Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

  • Among the 50 states, Tennessee has the 11th highest percentage of its total population living in poverty (15.5%) and the 11th highest percentage of children under 18 living in poverty (21.4%) – 2005 American Community Survey.

Tennessee - Educational Attainment

  • In 2005, Tennessee ranked 40th among the 50 states in the percentage of its adults aged 25 to 64 with at least high school diploma (85.1%).
  • Tennessee ranked 42nd in the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher (23.4%) and 39th in the percentage with a graduate or professional degree (8.0%).
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Tennessee has larger percentages of adults who have less than a high school education and have completed just a high school diploma and smaller percentages with college degrees – associate and higher (see below).

Educational Attainment of 25 to 64 Year Olds in 2005 – Tennessee and the U.S. Average
Tennessee education attainment
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

Tennessee - Workforce and Economy

  • In 2005, Tennessee had the 10th highest unemployment rate of all states – 5.6 percent compared to the U.S. average of 5.1 percent. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Relative to the U.S. average, Tennessee has a much larger percentage of its workforce employed in construction, production and transportation occupations, the same as the U.S. in sales and office occupations, and smaller percentages employed in all other occupational categories (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Occupation in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • The distribution of employment by industry reveals a similar pattern of employment – with larger percentages of Tennessee’s employment in the manufacturing and transportation industries (see below).

Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Distribution (%) of Employment by Industry in 2005
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2005 American Community Survey

  • Tennessee ranked 39th among the states on the Progressive Policy Institute’s 2002 State New Economy Index – an index that measures the degree to which states are structured according to the new “knowledge-based” economy. (Located at: http://www.neweconomyindex.org/states/index.html)

Tennessee - Health and Well-Being

  • 14.1 percent of Tennessee residents do not have health insurance – the 23rd lowest percentage in the U.S. (2005 Current Population Survey)
  • Over a quarter (27.1%) of Tennessee residents are overweight enough to be labeled obese – higher than the national average of 23.1 percent. (Centers for Disease Control)
  • In Tennessee, 219 per 100,000 residents died of cancer during the years 2000 to 2002 – higher than the U.S. average of 204 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • A higher proportion of Tennessee residents (385 of 100,000) died of cardiovascular complications from 2000 to 2002 – higher than the national average of 333 per 100,000 residents (Centers for Disease Control).
  • On the 2005 America’s Health Rankings (United Health Foundation), Tennessee ranked 48th among the states in overall health. The state rankings and measures can be accessed at http://www.unitedhealthfoundation.org/ahr2005.html.

Tennessee - Crime and Corrections

  • In 2004, Tennessee had the 4th highest rate of violent crime among the 50 states (695 incidences per 100,000 residents). The U.S. rate was 466 incidences per 100,000 residents. (FBI, Uniform Crime Reports)
  • In the same year, there were 4,307 incidences of property crime per 100,000 residents in Tennessee – above the U.S. average of 3,517 and the 8th highest rate among states.
  • Tennessee had the 22nd highest incarceration rate per capita in 2004 – with 439 prisoners under federal and state jurisdiction per 100,000 residents. The rate of incarceration in Tennessee has remained below the U.S. average since 1980 (see below).

Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Tennessee and the U.S. Average
Number of Prisoners (Federal and State) Per 100,000 Residents – Tennessee and the U.S. Average
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, U.S. Census Bureau

Tennessee Counties

State averages often mask vast disparities within states. For example, the personal income per capita in Tennessee ranges from $14,885 in Hancock County to $44,298 in Williamson County. Also, the percentage of adults aged 25 to 64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher ranges from 5.5 percent in Lake County to 47.5 percent in Williamson County (a ratio of more than 8 to 1).

Therefore, it is important to display regional and county differences. Many of these data are available to MyOnlineMaps.com subscribers at the state and county levels – and can be used to generate state and county maps or to download for research purposes. Furthermore, the “Resources” section of MyonlineMaps.com contains links to these and other valuable data sources.

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