Blount County, TN

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2020 Population
131,641
1.32% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
43.9
0.458% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
9.75%
12.2% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$60,301
6.41% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$192,800
5.88% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
61,779
1.53% 1-year growth

About

In 2020, Blount County, TN had a population of 132k people with a median age of 43.9 and a median household income of $60,301. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Blount County, TN grew from 129,927 to 131,641, a 1.32% increase and its median household income grew from $56,667 to $60,301, a 6.41% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Blount County, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (90.6%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (2.59%), White (Hispanic) (2.57%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.28%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.739%).

None of the households in Blount County, TN reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

98.3% of the residents in Blount County, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Blount County, TN are Maryville College (249 degrees awarded in 2020).

In 2020, the median property value in Blount County, TN was $192,800, and the homeownership rate was 76.6%. Most people in Blount County, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25.5 minutes. The average car ownership in Blount County, TN was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Blount County, TN is home to a population of 132k people, from which 98.3% are citizens. As of 2020, 2.96% of Blount County, TN residents were born outside of the country (3.89k people).

In 2020, there were 34.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (119k people) in Blount County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.42k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.39k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Blount County, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    119k ± 288
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    3.42k ± 294
  3. White (Hispanic)
    3.39k ± 302
3.5%
Hispanic Population
4.6k people

In 2020, there were 34.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (119k people) in Blount County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.42k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 3.39k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.5% of the people in Blount County, TN are hispanic (4.6k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.96%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
3.89k people
2.91%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
3.78k people

As of 2020, 2.96% of Blount County, TN residents (3.89k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.5%. In 2019, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Blount County, TN was 2.91%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
41
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.9

In 2020, the median age of all people in Blount County, TN was 43.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 44, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Blount County, TN are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Blount County, TN residents was 44.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    88,072 ± 7,239 people
  2. India
    23,811 ± 3,782 people
  3. Guatemala
    14,944 ± 2,998 people

In 2020, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 88,072 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 23,811 and Guatemala with 14,944.

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Citizenship

98.3%
2020 Citizenship
98.2%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 98.3% of Blount County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Blount County, TN was 98.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    3,774 ± 352
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,711 ± 337
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    1,680 ± 296

Blount County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.21 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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This chart shows the number of COVID-19 daily new cases by date in Tennessee, as a 7-day rolling average, compared with the four states with the most similar number of confirmed cases.

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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.

The most recent data point uses Advance State Claims data, which can be revised in subsequent weeks.

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Employment by Industry Sector

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Y-Axis
8.45%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between May 2020 and May 2021

As of May 2021, there are 145M people employed in Tennessee. This represents a 8.45% increase in employment when compared to May 2020.

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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Economy

Median household income in Blount County, TN is $60,301. In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Blount County, TN was Census Tract 116.05 with a value of $83,125, followed by Census Tract 110.02 and Census Tract 111.02, with respective values of $75,017 and $74,835.

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,310. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.463, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Blount County, TN employs 61.8k people. The largest industries in Blount County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,908 people), Manufacturing (8,449 people), and Retail Trade (7,521 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($69,688), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,486), and Information ($53,661).

Wages

Median Household Income

$60,301
2020 value
± $1,964
6.41%
1 Year Growth
± 4.28%

Households in Blount County, TN have a median annual income of $60,301, which is less than the median annual income of $64,994 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $56,667 in 2019, which represents a 6.41% annual growth.

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Wage by Sex in Common Jobs

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$63,354
Average Male Salary in Tennessee
± $1,463
$46,310
Average Female Salary in Tennessee
± $1,026

In 2020, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the sex-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
    $67,966 ± $8,456
  2. American Indian
    $52,528 ± $22,388
  3. White
    $51,232 ± $978

In 2020 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.29 times more than American Indian 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 Blount County, TN is from Tennessee.
0.463
2020 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.465
2019 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2020, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.463 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.436% decline from 2019 to 2020, 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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Race/Ethnicity
Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 116.05
  2. Census Tract 110.02
  3. Census Tract 111.02

In 2020, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Blount County, TN was Census Tract 116.05 with a value of $83,125, followed by Census Tract 110.02 and Census Tract 111.02, with respective values of $75,017 and $74,835.

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 Sex

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

9.75% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Blount County, TN (12.6k out of 130k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Males 25 - 34.

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
    11,222 ± 823
  2. Hispanic
    1,220 ± 288
  3. Two Or More
    724 ± 237

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

61.8k
2020 Value
± 2,010
1.53%
1 Year growth
± 4.33%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Blount County, TN grew at a rate of 1.53%, from 60.8k employees to 61.8k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Blount County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (7,973 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,692 people), and Management Occupations (5,584 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 (7,973 people), Sales & Related Occupations (6,692 people), and Management Occupations (5,584 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 (1.56 times higher than expected), Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations (1.32 times), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors (1.28 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 ($81,563), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($77,117), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($77,027).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

61.8k
2020 Value
± 2,010
1.53%
1 Year growth
± 4.33%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Blount County, TN grew at a rate of 1.53%, from 60.8k employees to 61.8k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Blount County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (8,908 people), Manufacturing (8,449 people), and Retail Trade (7,521 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 (8,908 people), Manufacturing (8,449 people), and Retail Trade (7,521 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Blount County, TN has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (3.2 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.37 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Blount County, TN, by median earnings, are Utilities ($69,688), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($65,486), and Information ($53,661).

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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. $66B
  2. $49B
  3. $47B

In 2020, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Electronics with $66B, followed by Mixed freight ($49B) and Pharmaceuticals ($47B).

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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$498B
2020 Value in Tennessee
$1.05T
Projected 2050 Value in Tennessee
111% growth

In 2020, total outbound Tennessee trade was $498B. This is expected to increase 111% to $1.05T by 2050.

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. $36.6B
  2. $29.5B
  3. $26.2B

In 2020, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Georgia with $36.6B, followed by Texas with $29.5B and California and $26.2B.

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

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Blount County, TN went to Donald J. Trump with 71.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (26.9%), followed by Other (1.96%). The most partisan county was Scott County, TN with 88.4% 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 Blount County, TN
71.1% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Tennessee
  1. 88.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 86.9% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 86.4% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2020 presidential election, the most partisan county in Tennessee was Scott County, TN with 88.4% 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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Education

In 2020, universities in Blount County, TN awarded 249 degrees. The student population of Blount County, TN is skewed towards women, with 466 male students and 606 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Blount County, TN are White (196 and 80.3%), followed by Black or African American (30 and 12.3%), Hispanic or Latino (7 and 2.87%), and Two or More Races (4 and 1.64%).

The largest universities in Blount County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Maryville College (249 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Blount County, TN are General Business Administration & Management (22 and 8.84%), General Psychology (20 and 8.03%), and Accounting & Finance (17 and 6.83%).

The median tuition cost in Blount County, TN for private four year colleges is $35,448.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 22 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 20 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 17 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Blount County, TN was General Business Administration & Management with 22 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
249 degrees awarded
$35,448
Median Private

In 2020, the Blount County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Maryville College with 249 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

108
Degrees Awarded to Men
141
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 108 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Blount County, TN, which is 0.766 times less than the 141 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex 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
    196 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    30 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    7 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Blount County, TN was White students. These 196 degrees mean that there were 6.53 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 30 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Blount County, TN was $192,800 in 2020, which is 0.839 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $182,100 to $192,800, a 5.88% increase. The homeownership rate in Blount County, TN is 76.6%, which is higher than the national average of 64.4%. People in Blount County, TN have an average commute time of 25.5 minutes, and they drove alone to work. 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

$192,800
2020 Median
± $5,358
$182,100
2019 Median
± $5,023

In 2020, the median property value in Blount County, TN grew to to $192,800 from the previous year's value of $182,100.

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 $200k - $250k range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$60,301
Median Household Income
± $1,964
51.3k
Number of Households
± 1,725

In 2020, the median household income of the 51.3k households in Blount County, TN grew to $60,301 from the previous year's value of $56,667.

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 - $1,499
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 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

76.6%
2020 Homeownership
75.4%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 76.6% of the housing units in Blount County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 75.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.4%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Blount County, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

25.5 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Blount County, TN have a shorter commute time (25.5 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.85% of the workforce in Blount County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (85.2%)
  2. Carpooled (6.88%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.77%)

In 2020, 85.2% of workers in Blount County, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (6.88%) and those who worked at home (6.77%).

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 false.

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Health

90.8% of the population of Blount County, TN has health coverage, with 46.8% on employee plans, 13.6% on Medicaid, 15.5% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.9% 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 Blount County, TN see 1459 patients per year on average, which represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1444 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1728 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 756 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

1,459 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Blount County, TN

Primary care physicians in Blount County, TN see an average of 1,459 patients per year. This represents a 1.04% increase from the previous year (1,444 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 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

9.2%
Uninsured
46.8%
Employer Coverage
13.6%
Medicaid
15.5%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.9%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Blount County, TN grew by 5.82% from 8.7% to 9.2%.

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. 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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