Tennessee Demographics

Population - Employment - Households - Income / Financial - Housing - Education - Marital Status - Means of Transport to Work

What is the population of Tennessee?

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There are 6,859,497 residents in Tennessee, with a median age of 38.8. Of this, 49.01% are males and 50.99% are females. US-born citizens make up 93.75% of the resident pool in Tennessee, while non-US-born citizens account for 3.13%. Additionally, 3.11% of the population is represented by non-citizens.
A total of 5,820,882 people in Tennessee currently live in the same house as they did last year.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Population 6,859,497 1.3%
Male Population 3,362,099 1.7%
Female Population 3,497,398 0.8%
Male population 49.01%
Female population 50.99%
Y-o-Y Change
Median Age 38.8 0.0%
Citizen US Born 6,430,987 1.0%
Citizen not US Born 214,906 7.1%
Not Citizen 213,604 3.3%
Citizen US Born 93.75%
Citizen not US Born 3.13%
Not Citizen 3.11%
Y-o-Y Change
Moved from Abroad 22,282 -0.8%
Moved from Same County 509,874 -2.8%
Moved from Same State 222,036 4.6%
Moved from Different State 204,103 5.0%
Same House as Last Year 5,820,882 1.3%
Moved from Abroad 0.33%
Moved from Same County 7.52%
Moved from Same State 3.28%
Moved from Different State 3.01%
Same House as Last Year 85.86%

What are the employment statistics in Tennessee?

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White-collar workers make up 74.68% of the working population in Tennessee, while blue-collar employees account for 25.32%. There are also 308,054 entrepreneurs in Tennessee (9.62% of the workforce); 2,222,282 workers employed in private companies (69.42%); and 427,495 people working in governmental institutions (13.35%).
Y-o-Y Change
White Collar 2,390,522 1.8%
Blue Collar 810,618 1.4%
White Collar 74.68%
Blue Collar 25.32%
Y-o-Y Change
Self Employees 308,054 3.8%
Private Companies 2,222,282 1.3%
Governmental Workers 427,495 2.2%
Not for Profit Companies 243,309 1.7%
Self Employees 9.62%
Private Companies 69.42%
Governmental Workers 13.35%
Not for Profit Companies 7.6%

How many households are there in Tennessee?

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There are a total of 2,664,791 households in Tennessee, each made up of around 3 members. Family establishments represent 65.16% of these Tennessee households, while non-family units account for the remaining 34.84%. Additionally, 30.01% of households have children and 69.99% of households are without children.
Y-o-Y Change
Total Households 2,664,791 1.0%
Average People Per Household 3 0.4%
Family Households 1,736,369 0.6%
Non-family Households 928,422 1.7%
Family Households 65.16%
Non-family Households 34.84%
Y-o-Y Change
Households with Children 799,608 0.2%
Households without Children 1,865,183 1.3%
Households with Children 30.01%
Households without Children 69.99%

What are the median and average incomes in Tennessee?

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The average annual household income in Tennessee is $82,012, while the median household income sits at $58,516 per year. Residents aged 25 to 44 earn $64,728, while those between 45 and 64 years old have a median wage of $68,865. In contrast, people younger than 25 and those older than 65 earn less, at $36,203 and $44,459, respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Average Household Income $82,012 6.6%
Median Household Income $58,516 6.7%
People below Poverty Level 938,994 -0.9%
People above Poverty Level 5,677,145 1.6%

How many homeowners and renters are there in Tennessee?

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There are 3,011,124 housing units in Tennessee, and the median year in which these properties were built is 1985. Of the 2,664,791 occupied housing units in Tennessee, 66.92% are owner-occupied, while 33.08% have renters living in them.
Meanwhile, properties bought with mortgages account for 58.92% of the units, and the median value of a home with a mortgage is $211,700. In general, housing costs reach $926 per month in Tennessee.
Y-o-Y Change
Housing Units 3,011,124 0.5%
Median Year Built 1985 0.1%
Built in 1939 or Earlier 172,555 -0.6%
Built between 1940 and 1949 129,923 -3.5%
Built between 1950 and 1959 257,530 -0.8%
Built between 1960 and 1969 295,948 -1.4%
Built between 1970 and 1979 447,829 -1.0%
Built between 1980 and 1989 411,100 -1.6%
Built between 1990 and 1999 522,516 -2.1%
Built between 2000 and 2009 478,610 -0.5%
Built between 2010 and 2019 285,949 N/A
Built in 2020 or Later 9,164 N/A
Y-o-Y Change
Occupied Housing Units 2,664,791 1.0%
Owner Occupied 1,783,274 1.5%
Renter Occupied 881,517 -0.2%
Owner Occupied 66.92%
Renter Occupied 33.08%
Y-o-Y Change
With Mortgage 1,050,699 1.4%
Without Mortgage 732,575 1.7%
Median Value with Mortgage $211,700 9.8%
Median Value without Mortgage $167,400 6.0%
Median Housing Costs per Month $926 5.1%
With Mortgage 58.92%
Without Mortgage 41.08%

What is the level of education in Tennessee?

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Approximately 39.61% of the population in Tennessee holds a high school degree (that's 2,109,453 residents), while 22.42% have attained a college certificate (1,326,294 locals) and 17.31% have a bachelor's degree (921,582 people).
Y-o-Y Change
No High School 196,724 -3.4%
Some High School 2,109,453 -0.0%
Some College 1,326,294 1.0%
Associate Degree 390,201 2.8%
Bachelor's Degree 921,582 3.9%
Graduate Degree 513,253 5.4%
No High School 3.69%
Some High School 39.61%
Some College 22.42%
Associate Degree 7.33%
Bachelor's Degree 17.31%
Graduate Degree 9.64%

What is the marital status of Tennessee residents?

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A total of 1,717,472 people in Tennessee have never been married (which represents 30.72% of the total population), while 2,838,451 of them are wedded (50.77%). Separated and divorced residents are in smaller numbers, at 107,919 (1.93%) and 682,726 (12.21%), respectively.
Y-o-Y Change
Never Married 1,717,472 2.5%
Married 2,838,451 0.5%
Separated 107,919 -0.8%
Widowed 351,824 1.0%
Divorced 682,726 1.1%
Never Married 30.72%
Married 50.77%
Separated 1.93%
Widowed 6.29%
Divorced 12.21%

What are the most common means of transportation in Tennessee?

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The top three means of transportation people in Tennessee use to get to work are: car, walking and bus or trolley bus. A total of 2,808,838 residents commute by car, 38,772 prefer going to work by walking and 15,499 by bus or trolley bus.
Y-o-Y Change
Car 2,808,838 -0.2%
Bus or TrolleyBus 15,499 -7.9%
Subway or Elevated 835 N/A
Railroad 317 -10.7%
Ferryboat 213 -16.8%
Bicycle 3,712 -2.4%
Motorcycle 2,026 -10.8%
TaxiCab 2,940 19.9%
Walk 38,772 -0.4%

Methodology & Disclaimers


Demographic data shown in this section was gathered from the latest U.S. Census Bureau release, the 2021 American Community Survey. The information is updated yearly, as soon as new data is made available by the US Census Bureau.
No representation, guarantee or warranty is made as to the accuracy or completeness of information modified or aggregated for specific neighborhoods and/or zip codes.