Bedford County, TN

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Population

46,854

1.13% growth

Median Age

37.2


Median Household Income

$47,117

7.53% growth

Poverty Rate

16.9%


Number of Employees

21,387

2.43% growth

Median Property Value

$129,700

6.57% growth

About

In 2017, Bedford County, TN had a population of 46.9k people with a median age of 37.2 and a median household income of $47,117. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Bedford County, TN grew from 46,331 to 46,854, a 1.13% increase and its median household income grew from $43,819 to $47,117, a 7.53% increase.

The population of Bedford County, TN is 77.8% White Alone, 11.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 6.59% Black or African American Alone. N/A% of the people in Bedford County, TN speak a non-English language, and 95% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Bedford County, TN are Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville (305 degrees awarded in 2017).

The median property value in Bedford County, TN is $129,700, and the homeownership rate is 68.2%. Most people in Bedford County, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Bedford County, TN is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Bedford County, TN employs 21.4k people. The largest industries in Bedford County, TN are Manufacturing (5,576 people), Retail Trade (2,893 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,119 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($45,677), Utilities ($42,928), and Finance & Insurance ($42,500).

Median household income in Bedford County, TN is $47,117. Males in Bedford 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 Bedford County, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$47,117

2017 value

± $2,721

7.53%

1 Year Growth

± 7.33%

Households in Bedford County, TN have a median annual income of $47,117, 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 $43,819 in 2016, which represents a 7.53% 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.

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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 Bedford 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 9501

  2. Census Tract 9508

  3. Census Tract 9507

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Bedford County, TN was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $58,056, followed by Census Tract 9508 and Census Tract 9507, with respective values of $55,285 and $49,224.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Bedford 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

16.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Bedford County, TN (7.83k out of 46.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 45 - 54.

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

    5,928 ± 594

  2. Hispanic

    1,243 ± 280

  3. Black

    746 ± 228

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Bedford County, TN is White, followed by Hispanic and Black.

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

21.4k

2017 Value

± 1,095

2.43%

1 Year growth

± 7.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bedford County, TN grew at a rate of 2.43%, from 20.9k employees to 21.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Bedford County, TN, are Production Occupations (3,612 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,396 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,209 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Bedford County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Bedford County, TN, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (3,612 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,396 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,209 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bedford County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.91 times higher than expected), Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.02 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.95 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Bedford County, TN, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($77,614), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($68,309), and Management Occupations ($50,522).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

21.4k

2017 Value

± 1,095

2.43%

1 Year growth

± 7.33%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Bedford County, TN grew at a rate of 2.43%, from 20.9k employees to 21.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Bedford County, TN, are Manufacturing (5,576 people), Retail Trade (2,893 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,119 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Bedford County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Bedford 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 Bedford County, TN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (5,576 people), Retail Trade (2,893 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,119 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Bedford County, TN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (2.92 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (2.58 times), and Utilities (1.32 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Bedford County, TN, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($45,677), Utilities ($42,928), and Finance & Insurance ($42,500).

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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

87.5% of the population of Bedford County, TN has health coverage, with 39.8% on employee plans, 21.9% on Medicaid, 10.5% on Medicare, 13.6% on non-group plans, and 1.74% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Bedford County, TN see 2949 patients per year on average, which represents a 7.51% increase from the previous year (2743 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3957 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1397 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

2,949 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Bedford County, TN see an average of 2,949 patients per year. This represents a 7.51% increase from the previous year (2,743 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Bedford 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

12.5%

Uninsured

39.8%

Employer Coverage

21.9%

Medicaid

10.5%

Medicare

13.6%

Non-Group

1.74%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Bedford County, TN declined by 10.4% from 14% to 12.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Bedford 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

Bedford County, TN is home to a population of 46.9k people, from which 95% are citizens. As of 2017, 5.84% of Bedford County, TN residents were born outside of the country (2.73k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Bedford County, TN is composed of 36.4k White Alone residents (77.8%), 5.53k Hispanic or Latino residents (11.8%), 3.09k Black or African American Alone residents (6.59%), 1.41k Two or More Races residents (3.02%), 175 Asian Alone residents (0.374%), 134 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.286%), 54 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.115%), and 33 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0704%).

Age

Age by Nativity

37

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.7

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 3.7

In 2017, the median age of all people in Bedford County, TN was 37.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 37, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Bedford County, TN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Bedford County, TN residents was 37.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.84%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

2.73k people

6.77%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

3.14k people

As of 2017, 5.84% of Bedford County, TN residents (2.73k 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 Bedford County, TN was 6.77%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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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

95%

2017 Citizenship

94.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95% of Bedford County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Bedford County, TN was 94.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    36.4k ± 41

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    5.53k ± 867

  3. Black or African American Alone

    3.09k ± 281

In 2017, there were 6.59 times more White Alone residents (36.4k people) in Bedford County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 5.53k Hispanic or Latino and 3.09k 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 Bedford County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    923 ± 172

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    409 ± 155

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    317 ± 145

Bedford County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.26 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2017, universities in Bedford County, TN awarded 305 degrees. The student population of Bedford County, TN is skewed towards men, with 352 male students and 133 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Bedford County, TN are White (240 and 78.7%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (36 and 11.8%), Black or African American (18 and 5.9%), and Two or More Races (10 and 3.28%).

The largest universities in Bedford County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville (305 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Bedford County, TN are Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology (99 and 32.5%), General Computer & Information Sciences (28 and 9.18%), and Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (26 and 8.52%).

The median tuition costs in Bedford County, TN are $N/A 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

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Bedford County, TN was Industrial Mechanics & Maintenance Technology with 96 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Bedford County, TN according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

305 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2017, the Bedford County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville with 305 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

244

Degrees Awarded to Men

61

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2017, 244 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Bedford County, TN, which is 4 times more than the 61 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    240 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    36 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American

    18 degrees awarded

In 2017 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Bedford County, TN were to White students. These 240 degrees mean that there were 6.67 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 36 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Bedford County, TN was $129,700 in 2017, which is 0.565 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $121,700 to $129,700, a 6.57% increase. The homeownership rate in Bedford County, TN is 68.2%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Bedford County, TN have an average commute time of 24.2 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Bedford County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$129,700

2017 Median

± $5,240

$121,700

2016 Median

± $4,846

In 2017, the median property value in Bedford County, TN grew to to $129,700 from the previous year's value of $121,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Bedford 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 Bedford County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $125k - $150k range.

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Household Income

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$47,117

Median Household Income

± $2,721

17.1k

Number of Households

± 945

In 2017, the median household income of the 17.1k households in Bedford County, TN grew to $47,117 from the previous year's value of $43,819.

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

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Rent vs Own

68.2%

2017 Homeownership

67.2%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.2% of the housing units in Bedford County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67.2%.

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

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Commute Time

24.2 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Bedford County, TN have a shorter commute time (24.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.29% of the workforce in Bedford County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.8%

  2. Carpooled

    12.6%

  3. Worked At Home

    3.46%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Bedford County, TN was Drove Alone (81.8%), followed by those who Carpooled (12.6%) and those who Worked At Home (3.46%).

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

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