Carter County, TN

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2019 Population
56,433
0.0745% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
45.4
1.11% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
22.1%
6% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$38,092
4.11% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$122,600
2.51% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
23,117
0.474% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Carter County, TN had a population of 56.4k people with a median age of 45.4 and a median household income of $38,092. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Carter County, TN grew from 56,391 to 56,433, a 0.0745% increase and its median household income grew from $36,589 to $38,092, a 4.11% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Carter County, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (94.8%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.7%), White (Hispanic) (1.56%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (0.776%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.45%). 0% of the households in Carter County, TN speak a non-English language at home as their primary language, and 99.1% of the residents in Carter County, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Carter County, TN are Milligan University (352 degrees awarded in 2019) and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton (334 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Carter County, TN was $122,600, and the homeownership rate was 70.8%. Most people in Carter County, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Carter 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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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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Diversity

Carter County, TN is home to a population of 56.4k people, from which 99.1% are citizens. As of 2019, 3.32% of Carter County, TN residents were born outside of the country (1.87k people).

In 2019, there were 55.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.5k people) in Carter County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 957 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 878 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Carter County, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    53.5k ± 29
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    957 ± 110
  3. White (Hispanic)
    878 ± 131
1.87%
Hispanic Population
1.06k people

In 2019, there were 55.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (53.5k people) in Carter County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 957 Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 878 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.87% of the people in Carter County, TN are hispanic (1.06k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.32%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.87k people
1.02%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
575 people

As of 2019, 3.32% of Carter County, TN residents (1.87k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 34%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Carter County, TN was 1.02%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

45
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 11.1

In 2019, the median age of all people in Carter County, TN was 45.4. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 45, were generally older than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Carter County, TN are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Carter County, TN residents was 45.

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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

99.1%
2019 Citizenship
99.5%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 99.1% of Carter County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Carter County, TN was 99.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,862 ± 237
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    714 ± 186
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    578 ± 190

Carter County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Carter County, TN is $38,092. In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Carter County, TN was Census Tract 707 with a value of $49,038, followed by Census Tract 709 and Census Tract 702, with respective values of $47,359 and $46,976.

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 Carter County, TN employs 23.1k people. The largest industries in Carter County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,606 people), Retail Trade (3,071 people), and Manufacturing (3,004 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($43,925), Transportation & Warehousing ($42,055), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,788).

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,092
2019 value
± $1,941
4.11%
1 Year Growth
± 6.47%

Households in Carter County, TN have a median annual income of $38,092, which is less than the median annual income of $65,712 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,589 in 2018, which represents a 4.11% 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.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Carter 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.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 707
  2. Census Tract 709
  3. Census Tract 702

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Carter County, TN was Census Tract 707 with a value of $49,038, followed by Census Tract 709 and Census Tract 702, with respective values of $47,359 and $46,976.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Carter 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

22.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Carter County, TN (12.1k out of 54.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.3%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 35 - 44 and then Females 6 - 11.

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
    11,438 ± 715
  2. Hispanic
    323 ± 139
  3. Black
    295 ± 193

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Carter 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

23.1k
2019 Value
± 1,031
0.474%
1 Year growth
± 6.15%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Carter County, TN grew at a rate of 0.474%, from 23k employees to 23.1k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Carter County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,824 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,283 people), and Production Occupations (2,168 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Carter County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Carter County, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,824 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,283 people), and Production Occupations (2,168 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (2.35 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.66 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.4 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Carter County, TN, by median earnings, are Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations ($95,050), Legal Occupations ($75,234), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($58,942).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

23.1k
2019 Value
± 1,031
0.474%
1 Year growth
± 6.15%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Carter County, TN grew at a rate of 0.474%, from 23k employees to 23.1k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Carter County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,606 people), Retail Trade (3,071 people), and Manufacturing (3,004 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Carter County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Carter 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 Carter County, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,606 people), Retail Trade (3,071 people), and Manufacturing (3,004 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Carter County, TN has an unusually high number of Utilities (2.27 times higher than expected), Health Care & Social Assistance (1.44 times), and Manufacturing (1.3 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Carter County, TN, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($43,925), Transportation & Warehousing ($42,055), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($37,788).

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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. $48.8B
  2. $36.4B
  3. $34.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Tennessee product (by dollars) was Electronics with $48.8B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($36.4B) and Pharmaceuticals ($34.6B).

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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$413B
2018 Value in Tennessee
$825B
Projected 2045 Value in Tennessee
99.4% growth

In 2018, total outbound Tennessee trade was $413B. This is expected to increase 99.4% to $825B 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. $28.5B
  2. $25.4B
  3. $22.6B

In 2018, the top outbound Tennessee domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Texas with $28.5B, followed by Kentucky with $25.4B and Georgia and $22.6B.

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

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Carter County, TN went to Donald J. Trump with 80.1% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (16.4%), followed by Other (3.48%). 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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Showing data up to the 2016 election. Updated election results are currently being processed, and will be released in the coming months.
Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Carter County, TN
80.1% 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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Education

In 2019, universities in Carter County, TN awarded 686 degrees. The student population of Carter County, TN is skewed towards women, with 814 male students and 935 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Carter County, TN are White (575 and 85.6%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (29 and 4.32%), Black or African American (26 and 3.87%), and Unknown (23 and 3.42%).

The largest universities in Carter County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Milligan University (352 and 51.3%) and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Elizabethton (334 and 48.7%).

The most popular majors in Carter County, TN are Licensed Practical & Vocational Nurse Training (118 and 17.2%), General Business Administration & Management (74 and 10.8%), and Diesel Mechanics Technology (37 and 5.39%).

The median tuition costs in Carter County, TN are $33,450 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. 41 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 33 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 32 degree-majorss awarded

In 2018, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Carter County, TN was General Business Administration & Management with 41 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 352 degrees awarded
  2. 334 degrees awarded
$N/A
Median In-State Public
$33,450
Median Private

In 2019, the Carter County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Milligan University with 352 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

286
Degrees Awarded to Men
400
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 286 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Carter County, TN, which is 0.715 times less than the 400 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    575 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    29 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    26 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Carter County, TN was White students. These 575 degrees mean that there were 19.8 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 29 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Carter County, TN was $122,600 in 2019, which is 0.51 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $119,600 to $122,600, a 2.51% increase. The homeownership rate in Carter County, TN is 70.8%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Carter County, TN have an average commute time of 22.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Carter County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$122,600
2019 Median
± $4,290
$119,600
2018 Median
± $4,602

In 2019, the median property value in Carter County, TN grew to to $122,600 from the previous year's value of $119,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Carter 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 Carter County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$38,092
Median Household Income
± $1,941
23.8k
Number of Households
± 985

In 2019, the median household income of the 23.8k households in Carter County, TN grew to $38,092 from the previous year's value of $36,589.

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

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Rent vs Own

70.8%
2019 Homeownership
69.9%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 70.8% of the housing units in Carter County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 69.9%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 64.1%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Carter County, TN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

22.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Carter County, TN have a shorter commute time (22.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 2.16% of the workforce in Carter County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (86%)
  2. Carpooled (7.03%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.24%)

In 2019, 86% of workers in Carter County, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.03%) and those who worked at home (4.24%).

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

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Health

87.9% of the population of Carter County, TN has health coverage, with 34.3% on employee plans, 20.6% on Medicaid, 16.1% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 3.67% 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 Carter County, TN see 2561 patients per year on average, which represents a 4.8% decrease from the previous year (2690 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 3759 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 3317 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

2,561 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Carter County, TN

Primary care physicians in Carter County, TN see an average of 2,561 patients per year. This represents a 4.8% decrease from the previous year (2,690 patients).

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

12.1%
Uninsured
34.3%
Employer Coverage
20.6%
Medicaid
16.1%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
3.67%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Carter County, TN grew by 1.25% from 11.9% to 12.1%.

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