Benton County, TN

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Population
16,112
0.26% 1-year decline
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
Median Age
47.4

Poverty Rate
21.4%

Median Household Income
$33,125
1.71% 1-year decline
Median Property Value
$85,800
3.27% 1-year decline
Number of Employees
5,627
1.64% 1-year decline

About

In 2018, Benton County, TN had a population of 16.1k people with a median age of 47.4 and a median household income of $33,125. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Benton County, TN declined from 16,154 to 16,112, a -0.26% decrease and its median household income declined from $33,702 to $33,125, a -1.71% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (93%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (3.17%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.66%), White (Hispanic) (1.45%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.428%). 0% of the people in Benton County, TN speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

In 2018, the median property value in Benton County, TN was $85,800, and the homeownership rate was 75.9%. Most people in Benton County, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 23 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, TN was 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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This chart shows weekly unemployment insurance claims in Tennessee (not-seasonally adjusted) compared with the four states with the most similar impact.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Start Year
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-5.78%
Year-over-year decline
Employment change between November 2019 and November 2020

As of November 2020, there are 145M people employed in Tennessee. This represents a -5.78% decrease in employment when compared to November 2019.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Tennessee.

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Tennessee across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, TN went to Donald J. Trump with 74.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (23.3%), followed by Other (2.18%). The most partisan county was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing the state of Tennessee. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Benton County, TN
74.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Tennessee
  1. 86% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 84.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Tennessee was Wayne County, TN with 86% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Tennessee colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Tennessee

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Marsha Blackburn
Senator from Tennessee1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019
Bill Hagerty
Senator from Tennessee2
Assumed office on January 3, 2021

Marsha Blackburn and Bill Hagerty are the senators currently representing Tennessee.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Tennessee over time, excluding special elections, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Tennessee

Tennessee is currently represented by 9 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Tennessee have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Benton County, TN is home to a population of 16.1k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2018, 1.12% of Benton County, TN residents were born outside of the country (181 people).

In 2018, there were 29.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15k people) in Benton County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 511 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 267 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    15k ± 19
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    511 ± 160
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    267 ± 207
1.72%
Hispanic Population
277 people

In 2018, there were 29.3 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (15k people) in Benton County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 511 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 267 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.72% of the people in Benton County, TN are hispanic (277 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benton County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.12%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
181 people
1.45%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
235 people

As of 2018, 1.12% of Benton County, TN residents (181 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, TN was 1.45%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

47
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.6
51
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 22.5

In 2018, the median age of all people in Benton County, TN was 47.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 47, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 51. But people in Benton County, TN are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Benton County, TN residents was 47.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    90,080 ± 7,319 people
  2. India
    22,725 ± 3,695 people
  3. Guatemala
    14,922 ± 2,996 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 90,080 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 22,725 and Guatemala with 14,922.

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Citizenship

99.7%
2018 Citizenship
98.9%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.7% of Benton County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, TN was 98.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    545 ± 106
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    171 ± 69
  3. Korea
    122 ± 52

Benton County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 3.19 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Benton County, TN is $33,125. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, TN was Census Tract 9631 with a value of $39,598, followed by Census Tract 9632 and Census Tract 9630, with respective values of $37,639 and $36,520.

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $45,164. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.465, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Benton County, TN employs 5.63k people. The largest industries in Benton County, TN are Manufacturing (1,088 people), Retail Trade (798 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (623 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($44,643), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($43,491), and Utilities ($39,688).

Wages

Median Household Income

$33,125
2018 value
± $3,782
-1.71%
1 Year Growth
± 15.3%

Households in Benton County, TN have a median annual income of $33,125, 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 $33,702 in 2017, which represents a -1.71% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$61,766
Average Male Salary in Tennessee
± $1,435
$45,164
Average Female Salary in Tennessee
± $1,015

In 2019, 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 in Tennessee
  1. Asian
    $61,599 ± $7,995
  2. White
    $49,726 ± $952
  3. American Indian
    $43,276 ± $11,603

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.24 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Tennessee.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Tennessee by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, TN is from Tennessee.
0.465
2019 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.466
2018 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2019, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.465 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.21% decline from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.478. 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 9631
  2. Census Tract 9632
  3. Census Tract 9630

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, TN was Census Tract 9631 with a value of $39,598, followed by Census Tract 9632 and Census Tract 9630, with respective values of $37,639 and $36,520.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

21.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, TN (3.4k out of 15.9k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 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
    3,083 ± 328
  2. Black
    257 ± 180
  3. Native American
    55 ± 107

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

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

5.63k
2018 Value
± 475
-1.64%
1 Year decline
± 11.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Benton County, TN declined at a rate of -1.64%, from 5.72k employees to 5.63k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, TN, are Production Occupations (801 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (711 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (570 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, TN, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (801 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (711 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (570 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.48 times higher than expected), Health Technologists & Technicians (1.79 times), and Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (1.79 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, TN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,500), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($73,472), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,250).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

5.63k
2018 Value
± 475
-1.64%
1 Year decline
± 11.9%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Benton County, TN declined at a rate of -1.64%, from 5.72k employees to 5.63k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, TN, are Manufacturing (1,088 people), Retail Trade (798 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (623 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Benton 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 Benton County, TN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (1,088 people), Retail Trade (798 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (623 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, TN has an unusually high number of Utilities (3.57 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.92 times), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (1.43 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, TN, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($44,643), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($43,491), and Utilities ($39,688).

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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. $33.7B
  2. $31.1B
  3. $26.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $33.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($31.1B) and Mixed freight ($26.9B).

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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$333B
2015 Value in Tennessee
$525B
Projected 2045 Value in Tennessee
57.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Tennessee trade was $333B. This is expected to increase 57.7% 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. $27.6B
  2. $17.3B
  3. $16.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Kentucky with $27.6B, followed by Texas with $17.3B and Georgia and $16.7B.

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

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, TN was $85,800 in 2018, which is 0.374 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $88,700 to $85,800, a 3.27% decrease. The homeownership rate in Benton County, TN is 75.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, TN have an average commute time of 23 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$85,800
2018 Median
± $5,209
$88,700
2017 Median
± $4,849

In 2018, the median property value in Benton County, TN declined from to $85,800 from the previous year's value of $88,700.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton 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 Benton County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Household Income

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$33,125
Median Household Income
± $3,782
6.79k
Number of Households
± 487

In 2018, the median household income of the 6.79k households in Benton County, TN declined from $33,125 from the previous year's value of $33,702.

The following chart displays the households in Benton 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

75.9%
2018 Homeownership
75.7%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 75.9% of the housing units in Benton County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.7%.

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

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Commute Time

23 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, TN have a shorter commute time (23 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 3.21% of the workforce in Benton County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2018
  1. Drove Alone (87.5%)
  2. Carpooled (9.54%)
  3. Worked At Home (1.19%)

In 2018, 87.5% of workers in Benton County, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (9.54%) and those who worked at home (1.19%).

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 Benton County, TN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, TN have 2 cars, followed by 1 car.

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Health

90.3% of the population of Benton County, TN has health coverage, with 32.7% on employee plans, 22% on Medicaid, 18.6% on Medicare, 14.6% on non-group plans, and 2.47% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Benton County, TN see 5395 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.24% increase from the previous year (5329 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 5387 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2309 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.5%). Additionally, Lauderdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

5,395 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, TN

Primary care physicians in Benton County, TN see an average of 5,395 patients per year. This represents a 1.24% increase from the previous year (5,329 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Tennessee
$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

9.74%
Uninsured
32.7%
Employer Coverage
22%
Medicaid
18.6%
Medicare
14.6%
Non-Group
2.47%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, TN declined by 10.9% from 10.9% to 9.74%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton 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. 21.5% prevalence
  2. 21.5% prevalence
  3. 20.3% prevalence

DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 21.5%.

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

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