Jefferson County, TN

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2019 Population
53,679
0.811% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
43.9
1.15% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
13.2%
5.76% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$49,139
3.97% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$146,300
2.88% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
23,719
3.52% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Jefferson County, TN had a population of 53.7k people with a median age of 43.9 and a median household income of $49,139. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Jefferson County, TN grew from 53,247 to 53,679, a 0.811% increase and its median household income grew from $47,264 to $49,139, a 3.97% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Jefferson County, TN are White (Non-Hispanic) (92.2%), White (Hispanic) (3.16%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (1.7%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (1.7%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (0.626%). 0% of the households in Jefferson County, TN speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

98% of the residents in Jefferson County, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Jefferson County, TN are Carson-Newman University (841 degrees awarded in 2019).

In 2019, the median property value in Jefferson County, TN was $146,300, and the homeownership rate was 75.2%. Most people in Jefferson County, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 25 minutes. The average car ownership in Jefferson County, TN was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Jefferson County, TN is home to a population of 53.7k people, from which 98% are citizens. As of 2019, 2.56% of Jefferson County, TN residents were born outside of the country (1.38k people).

In 2019, there were 29.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (49.5k people) in Jefferson County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.7k White (Hispanic) and 914 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Jefferson County, TN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    49.5k ± 8
  2. White (Hispanic)
    1.7k ± 145
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    914 ± 144
3.59%
Hispanic Population
1.93k people

In 2019, there were 29.2 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (49.5k people) in Jefferson County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.7k White (Hispanic) and 914 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.59% of the people in Jefferson County, TN are hispanic (1.93k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

2.56%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
1.38k people
2.49%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
1.33k people

As of 2019, 2.56% of Jefferson County, TN residents (1.38k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2018, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Jefferson County, TN was 2.49%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

44
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
35
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 2

In 2019, the median age of all people in Jefferson 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 35. But people in Jefferson County, TN are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Jefferson County, TN residents was 43.

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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

98%
2019 Citizenship
98.1%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 98% of Jefferson County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Jefferson County, TN was 98.1%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    1,375 ± 231
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    792 ± 205
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    671 ± 202

Jefferson County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.74 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 Jefferson County, TN is $49,139. In 2019, the tract with the highest median household income in Jefferson County, TN was Census Tract 707 with a value of $57,668, followed by Census Tract 708 and Census Tract 709, with respective values of $53,333 and $51,419.

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 Jefferson County, TN employs 23.7k people. The largest industries in Jefferson County, TN are Manufacturing (3,639 people), Retail Trade (3,297 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,648 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,778), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,143), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($53,500).

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,139
2019 value
± $2,791
3.97%
1 Year Growth
± 7.3%

Households in Jefferson County, TN have a median annual income of $49,139, 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 $47,264 in 2018, which represents a 3.97% 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 Jefferson 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 707
  2. Census Tract 708
  3. Census Tract 709

In 2019, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Jefferson County, TN was Census Tract 707 with a value of $57,668, followed by Census Tract 708 and Census Tract 709, with respective values of $53,333 and $51,419.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Jefferson 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

13.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Jefferson County, TN (6.82k out of 51.5k 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 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 55 - 64.

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
    6,311 ± 576
  2. Hispanic
    452 ± 186
  3. Two Or More
    254 ± 170

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

23.7k
2019 Value
± 1,071
3.52%
1 Year growth
± 6.13%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Jefferson County, TN grew at a rate of 3.52%, from 22.9k employees to 23.7k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Jefferson County, TN, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,029 people), Production Occupations (2,703 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,013 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, TN, by number of employees, are Sales & Related Occupations (3,029 people), Production Occupations (2,703 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,013 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Production Occupations (2.01 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.45 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Jefferson County, TN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($80,139), Management Occupations ($58,825), and Management, Business, & Financial Occupations ($56,204).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

23.7k
2019 Value
± 1,071
3.52%
1 Year growth
± 6.13%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Jefferson County, TN grew at a rate of 3.52%, from 22.9k employees to 23.7k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Jefferson County, TN, are Manufacturing (3,639 people), Retail Trade (3,297 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,648 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Jefferson County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, TN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (3,639 people), Retail Trade (3,297 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (2,648 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Jefferson County, TN has an unusually high number of Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction (2.53 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.53 times), and Utilities (1.51 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Jefferson County, TN, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($107,778), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($55,143), and Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($53,500).

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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. $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 Jefferson County, TN went to Donald J. Trump with 77.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (18.3%), followed by Other (4.21%). 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 Jefferson County, TN
77.5% 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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Education

In 2019, universities in Jefferson County, TN awarded 841 degrees. The student population of Jefferson County, TN is skewed towards women, with 987 male students and 1,738 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Jefferson County, TN are White (683 and 86%), followed by Black or African American (59 and 7.43%), Hispanic or Latino (18 and 2.27%), and Two or More Races (16 and 2.02%).

The largest universities in Jefferson County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Carson-Newman University (841 and 100%).

The most popular majors in Jefferson County, TN are General Business Administration & Management (116 and 13.8%), Educational, Instructional, & Curriculum Supervision (91 and 10.8%), and Teacher Education & Professional Development (61 and 7.25%).

The median tuition cost in Jefferson County, TN for private four year colleges is $27,600.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 29 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 53 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 50 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Jefferson County, TN was Kinesiology & Exercise Science with 29 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
841 degrees awarded
$27,600
Median Private

In 2019, the Jefferson County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Carson-Newman University with 841 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

327
Degrees Awarded to Men
514
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 327 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Jefferson County, TN, which is 0.636 times less than the 514 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    683 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    59 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    18 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Jefferson County, TN was White students. These 683 degrees mean that there were 11.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 59 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Jefferson County, TN was $146,300 in 2019, which is 0.608 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $142,200 to $146,300, a 2.88% increase. The homeownership rate in Jefferson County, TN is 75.2%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Jefferson County, TN have an average commute time of 25 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Jefferson County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$146,300
2019 Median
± $5,695
$142,200
2018 Median
± $5,327

In 2019, the median property value in Jefferson County, TN grew to to $146,300 from the previous year's value of $142,200.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Jefferson 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 Jefferson County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k 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.
$49,139
Median Household Income
± $2,791
20.2k
Number of Households
± 969

In 2019, the median household income of the 20.2k households in Jefferson County, TN grew to $49,139 from the previous year's value of $47,264.

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

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Rent vs Own

75.2%
2019 Homeownership
74.2%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 75.2% of the housing units in Jefferson County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 74.2%.

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

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Commute Time

25 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Jefferson County, TN have a shorter commute time (25 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 1.39% of the workforce in Jefferson County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (78.8%)
  2. Carpooled (13.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (4.37%)

In 2019, 78.8% of workers in Jefferson County, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (13.9%) and those who worked at home (4.37%).

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

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Health

89.8% of the population of Jefferson County, TN has health coverage, with 40.7% on employee plans, 17.8% on Medicaid, 15.9% on Medicare, 13.3% on non-group plans, and 2.16% 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 Jefferson County, TN see 2572 patients per year on average, which represents a 5.15% increase from the previous year (2446 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4541 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2868 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

2,572 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Jefferson County, TN

Primary care physicians in Jefferson County, TN see an average of 2,572 patients per year. This represents a 5.15% increase from the previous year (2,446 patients).

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

10.2%
Uninsured
40.7%
Employer Coverage
17.8%
Medicaid
15.9%
Medicare
13.3%
Non-Group
2.16%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Jefferson County, TN grew by 1.27% from 10% to 10.2%.

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