Blount County, TN

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Population

127,135

0.747% growth

Median Age

43.2


Median Household Income

$51,172

3.31% growth

Poverty Rate

13%


Number of Employees

58,333

1.35% growth

Median Property Value

$169,500

0.893% growth

About

In 2017, Blount County, TN had a population of 127k people with a median age of 43.2 and a median household income of $51,172. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Blount County, TN grew from 126,192 to 127,135, a 0.747% increase and its median household income grew from $49,532 to $51,172, a 3.31% increase.

The population of Blount County, TN is 91.4% White Alone, 3.13% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.51% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Blount County, TN speak a non-English language, and 97.9% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blount County, TN are Maryville College (242 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Blount County, TN is $169,500, and the homeownership rate is 74.8%. Most people in Blount County, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 23.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Blount County, TN is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Blount County, TN employs 58.3k people. The largest industries in Blount County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,176 people), Manufacturing (8,030 people), and Retail Trade (7,264 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,583), Utilities ($60,597), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,955).

Median household income in Blount County, TN is $51,172. Males in Blount County, TN have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,201. The income inequality in Blount County, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$51,172

2017 value

± $1,719

3.31%

1 Year Growth

± 4.35%

Households in Blount County, TN have a median annual income of $51,172, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $49,532 in 2016, which represents a 3.31% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$57,961

Average Male Salary

± $1,374

$42,201

Average Female Salary

± $943

In 2017, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $53,011 ± $6,619

  2. White

    $46,471 ± $904

  3. American Indian

    $40,237 ± $11,516

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.14 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Blount County, TN is from Tennessee.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.465

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.325% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Tennessee in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Tennessee across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 111.02

  2. Census Tract 116.05

  3. Census Tract 110.02

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blount County, TN was Census Tract 111.02 with a value of $72,103, followed by Census Tract 116.05 and Census Tract 110.02, with respective values of $70,833 and $68,654.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Blount County, TN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blount County, TN (16.2k out of 125k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 35 - 44.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    14,582 ± 949

  2. Hispanic

    1,102 ± 264

  3. Two Or More

    681 ± 184

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Blount County, TN is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

58.3k

2017 Value

± 1,742

1.35%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Blount County, TN grew at a rate of 1.35%, from 57.6k employees to 58.3k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blount County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,552 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,778 people), and Production Occupations (4,841 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Blount County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Blount County, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,552 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,778 people), and Production Occupations (4,841 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blount County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (1.43 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.35 times), and Health Technologists & Technicians (1.35 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Blount County, TN, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($77,880), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,103), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($65,595).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

58.3k

2017 Value

± 1,742

1.35%

1 Year growth

± 4.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Blount County, TN grew at a rate of 1.35%, from 57.6k employees to 58.3k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blount County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,176 people), Manufacturing (8,030 people), and Retail Trade (7,264 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Blount County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Blount County, TN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Blount County, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,176 people), Manufacturing (8,030 people), and Retail Trade (7,264 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blount County, TN has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (1.36 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.31 times), and Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Blount County, TN, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($74,583), Utilities ($60,597), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($50,955).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.9B

  2. $35.5B

  3. $29.6B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $38.9B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($35.5B) and Mixed freight ($29.6B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$366B

2020 Value

$525B

Projected 2045 Value

43.2% growth

In 2020, total outbound Tennessee trade was $366B. This is expected to increase 43.2% to $525B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.6B

  2. $18.7B

  3. $18.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Kentucky with $31.6B, followed by Texas with $18.7B and Georgia and $18.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Tennessee shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

90.4% of the population of Blount County, TN has health coverage, with 46.2% on employee plans, 14% on Medicaid, 14.3% on Medicare, 14.1% on non-group plans, and 1.77% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Blount County, TN was $7,372 in 2014. This is a 3.74% increase from the previous year ($7,106).

Primary care physicians in Blount County, TN see 1414 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.53% decrease from the previous year (1436 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1763 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 900 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.5%). Additionally, Hardeman County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,414 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Blount County, TN see an average of 1,414 patients per year. This represents a 1.53% decrease from the previous year (1,436 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Blount County, TN in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,680

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,677

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,371

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Tennessee (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.74%, from $7,106 to $7,372.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

9.59%

Uninsured

46.2%

Employer Coverage

14%

Medicaid

14.3%

Medicare

14.1%

Non-Group

1.77%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blount County, TN declined by 5.47% from 10.1% to 9.59%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Blount County, TN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 17.5% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 16.8% prevalence

Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 17.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Blount County, TN is home to a population of 127k people, from which 97.9% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.05% of Blount County, TN residents were born outside of the country (3.88k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Blount County, TN is composed of 116k White Alone residents (91.4%), 3.98k Hispanic or Latino residents (3.13%), 3.19k Black or African American Alone residents (2.51%), 2.37k Two or More Races residents (1.87%), 868 Asian Alone residents (0.683%), 432 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.34%), 82 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0645%), and 7 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00551%).

Age

Age by Nativity

44

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Blount County, TN was 43.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Blount County, TN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Blount County, TN residents was 43.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.05%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

3.88k people

3.01%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.8k people

As of 2017, 3.05% of Blount County, TN residents (3.88k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blount County, TN was 3.01%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    92,263 ± 7,405 people

  2. India

    21,162 ± 3,566 people

  3. Guatemala

    12,669 ± 2,761 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 92,263 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 21,162 and Guatemala with 12,669.

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Citizenship

97.9%

2017 Citizenship

98.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 97.9% of Blount County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Blount County, TN was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    116k ± 11

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    3.98k ± 317

  3. Black or African American Alone

    3.19k ± 298

In 2017, there were 29.2 times more White Alone residents (116k people) in Blount County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.98k Hispanic or Latino and 3.19k Black or African American Alone residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Blount County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    3,700 ± 341

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,559 ± 317

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,444 ± 262

Blount County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.37 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Blount County, TN awarded 242 degrees. The student population of Blount County, TN is skewed towards women, with 541 male students and 640 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blount County, TN are White (198 and 84.3%), followed by Black or African American (18 and 7.66%), Hispanic or Latino (11 and 4.68%), and Two or More Races (3 and 1.28%).

The largest universities in Blount County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Maryville College (242 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Blount County, TN are General Business Administration & Management (27 and 11.2%), Accounting & Finance (21 and 8.68%), and General Education (13 and 5.37%).

The median tuition costs in Blount County, TN are $33,402 for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 27 degrees awarded

  2. 21 degrees awarded

  3. 13 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blount County, TN was General Business Administration & Management with 27 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Bachelors Degree from schools in Blount County, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

242 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$33,402

Median Private

In 2017, the Blount County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Maryville College with 242 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

97

Degrees Awarded to Men

145

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 97 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blount County, TN, which is 0.669 times less than the 145 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the institutions in Blount County, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    198 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    18 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    11 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Blount County, TN were to White students. These 198 degrees mean that there were 11 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 18 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blount County, TN was $169,500 in 2017, which is 0.738 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $168,000 to $169,500, a 0.893% increase. The homeownership rate in Blount County, TN is 74.8%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Blount County, TN have an average commute time of 23.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Blount County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$169,500

2017 Median

± $3,113

$168,000

2016 Median

± $2,875

In 2017, the median property value in Blount County, TN grew to to $169,500 from the previous year's value of $168,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Blount County, TN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blount County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Household Income

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$51,172

Median Household Income

± $1,719

49.9k

Number of Households

± 1,547

In 2017, the median household income of the 49.9k households in Blount County, TN grew to $51,172 from the previous year's value of $49,532.

The following chart displays the households in Blount County, TN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Blount County, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Blount County, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

74.8%

2017 Homeownership

74.7%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 74.8% of the housing units in Blount County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.7%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Blount County, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

23.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blount County, TN have a shorter commute time (23.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.71% of the workforce in Blount County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    85.6%

  2. Carpooled

    8.49%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.96%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Blount County, TN was Drove Alone (85.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.49%) and those who Worked At Home (3.96%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Blount County, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Blount County, TN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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