Memphis, TN

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2020 Population
650,910
0.157% 1-year decline
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2020 Median Age
34.2
0.588% 1-year increase
2020 Poverty Rate
24.6%
1.91% 1-year decrease
2020 Median Household Income
$41,864
1.54% 1-year growth
2020 Median Property Value
$107,100
5.21% 1-year growth
2020 Employed Population
291,315
0.424% 1-year decline

About

In 2020, Memphis, TN had a population of 651k people with a median age of 34.2 and a median household income of $41,864. Between 2019 and 2020 the population of Memphis, TN declined from 651,932 to 650,910, a −0.157% decrease and its median household income grew from $41,228 to $41,864, a 1.54% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Memphis, TN are Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (64.2%), White (Non-Hispanic) (24.9%), Other (Hispanic) (3.14%), White (Hispanic) (3.01%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.75%).

None of the households in Memphis, 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.

96% of the residents in Memphis, TN are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Memphis, TN are University of Memphis (4,621 degrees awarded in 2020), Southwest Tennessee Community College (1,113 degrees), and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (1,007 degrees).

In 2020, the median property value in Memphis, TN was $107,100, and the homeownership rate was 46.2%. Most people in Memphis, TN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 21.7 minutes. The average car ownership in Memphis, TN was 2 cars per household.

Diversity

Memphis, TN is home to a population of 651k people, from which 96% are citizens. As of 2020, 6.02% of Memphis, TN residents were born outside of the country (39.2k people).

In 2020, there were 2.58 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (418k people) in Memphis, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 162k White (Non-Hispanic) and 20.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Memphis, TN
  1. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    418k ± 3.02k
  2. White (Non-Hispanic)
    162k ± 2.98k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    20.4k ± 1.96k
7.36%
Hispanic Population
47.9k people

In 2020, there were 2.58 times more Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) residents (418k people) in Memphis, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 162k White (Non-Hispanic) and 20.4k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

7.36% of the people in Memphis, TN are hispanic (47.9k people).

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

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.02%
2020 Foreign-Born Population
39.2k people
6.19%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
40.4k people

As of 2020, 6.02% of Memphis, TN residents (39.2k 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 Memphis, TN was 6.19%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Age by Nativity

34
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.3
38
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 1.1

In 2020, the median age of all people in Memphis, TN was 34.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 34, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 38. But people in Memphis, TN are getting getting older. In 2019, the average age of all Memphis, TN residents was 34.

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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

96%
2020 Citizenship
95.8%
2019 Citizenship

As of 2020, 96% of Memphis, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2019, the percentage of US citizens in Memphis, TN was 95.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    11,069 ± 779
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    5,161 ± 673
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    4,347 ± 514

Memphis, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.14 times greater than any other conflict.

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COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Y-Axis

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 Memphis, TN is $41,864. In 2020, the place with the highest median household income in Memphis, TN was Census Tract 213.11 with a value of $174,057, followed by Census Tract 96 and Census Tract 211.39, with respective values of $136,125 and $130,234.

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 Memphis, TN employs 291k people. The largest industries in Memphis, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,973 people), Transportation & Warehousing (39,997 people), and Retail Trade (30,487 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,543), Utilities ($53,064), and Finance & Insurance ($49,089).

Wages

Median Household Income

$41,864
2020 value
± $733
1.54%
1 Year Growth
± 2.32%

Households in Memphis, TN have a median annual income of $41,864, 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 $41,228 in 2019, which represents a 1.54% 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 Memphis, 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 213.11
  2. Census Tract 96
  3. Census Tract 211.39

In 2020, the place with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Memphis, TN was Census Tract 213.11 with a value of $174,057, followed by Census Tract 96 and Census Tract 211.39, with respective values of $136,125 and $130,234.

The following map shows all of the places in Memphis, 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

24.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Memphis, TN (157k out of 636k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.8%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

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. Black
    121,184 ± 3,185
  2. White
    22,822 ± 1,252
  3. Hispanic
    13,722 ± 987

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

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

291k
2020 Value
± 5,115
−0.424%
1 Year decline
± 2.32%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Memphis, TN declined at a rate of −0.424%, from 293k employees to 291k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Memphis, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (39,274 people), Material Moving Occupations (28,491 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (25,815 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Memphis, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Memphis, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (39,274 people), Material Moving Occupations (28,491 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (25,815 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Memphis, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (2.65 times higher than expected), Fire Fighting & Prevention, & Other Protective Service Workers Including Supervisors (1.61 times), and Building & Grounds Cleaning & Maintenance Occupations (1.22 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Memphis, TN, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($80,489), Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($67,417), and Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($63,315).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

291k
2020 Value
± 5,115
−0.424%
1 Year decline
± 2.32%

From 2019 to 2020, employment in Memphis, TN declined at a rate of −0.424%, from 293k employees to 291k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Memphis, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,973 people), Transportation & Warehousing (39,997 people), and Retail Trade (30,487 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Memphis, TN, though some of these residents may live in Memphis, 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 Memphis, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (40,973 people), Transportation & Warehousing (39,997 people), and Retail Trade (30,487 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other places, Memphis, TN has an unusually high number of Transportation & Warehousing (2.94 times higher than expected), Administrative & Support & Waste Management Services (1.45 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.18 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Memphis, TN, by median earnings, are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,543), Utilities ($53,064), and Finance & Insurance ($49,089).

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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 Tennessee went to Donald J. Trump with 60.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (37.5%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (0.978%). 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 Tennessee
60.7% 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 Memphis, TN awarded 10,725 degrees. The student population of Memphis, TN is skewed towards women, with 16,869 male students and 30,770 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Memphis, TN are White (4,832 and 46.2%), followed by Black or African American (3,902 and 37.3%), Hispanic or Latino (478 and 4.57%), and Unknown (478 and 4.57%).

The largest universities in Memphis, TN by number of degrees awarded are University of Memphis (4,621 and 43.1%), Southwest Tennessee Community College (1,113 and 10.4%), and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center (1,007 and 9.39%).

The most popular majors in Memphis, TN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (762 and 7.1%), Registered Nursing (670 and 6.25%), and General Business Administration & Management (586 and 5.46%).

The median tuition costs in Memphis, TN are $15,498 for private four year colleges, and $8,799 and $16,761 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 305 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 475 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 343 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Memphis, TN was General Business Administration & Management with 305 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 4,621 degrees awarded
  2. 1,113 degrees awarded
  3. 1,007 degrees awarded
$8,799
Median In-State Public
$15,498
Median Private

In 2020, the Memphis, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was University of Memphis with 4,621 degrees awarded.

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Student Sex for Common Institutions

3,878
Degrees Awarded to Men
6,847
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2020, 3,878 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Memphis, TN, which is 0.566 times less than the 6,847 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the sex disparity between the institutions in Memphis, TN by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    4,832 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    3,902 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    478 degrees awarded

In 2020 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Memphis, TN was White students. These 4,832 degrees mean that there were 1.24 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 3,902 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Memphis, TN was $107,100 in 2020, which is 0.466 times smaller than the national average of $229,800. Between 2019 and 2020 the median property value increased from $101,800 to $107,100, a 5.21% increase. The homeownership rate in Memphis, TN is 46.2%, which is lower than the national average of 64.4%. People in Memphis, TN have an average commute time of 21.7 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Memphis, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$107,100
2020 Median
± $2,803
$101,800
2019 Median
± $2,411

In 2020, the median property value in Memphis, TN grew to to $107,100 from the previous year's value of $101,800.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Memphis, 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 Memphis, 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.
$41,864
Median Household Income
± $733
256k
Number of Households
± 4,449

In 2020, the median household income of the 256k households in Memphis, TN grew to $41,864 from the previous year's value of $41,228.

The following chart displays the households in Memphis, 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 - $1,499
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Memphis, TN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Memphis, TN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

46.2%
2020 Homeownership
46.6%
2019 Homeownership

In 2020, 46.2% of the housing units in Memphis, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 46.6%.

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

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Commute Time

21.7 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Memphis, TN have a shorter commute time (21.7 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.9 minutes). Additionally, 1.03% of the workforce in Memphis, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2020
  1. Drove Alone (81.6%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (3.82%)

In 2020, 81.6% of workers in Memphis, TN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (3.82%).

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

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Health

86.4% of the population of Memphis, TN has health coverage, with 40.6% on employee plans, 24.2% on Medicaid, 9.23% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 1.16% 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 Shelby County, TN see 1161 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.01% decrease from the previous year (1197 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1358 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 669 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

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1,161 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Shelby County, TN

Primary care physicians in Shelby County, TN see an average of 1,161 patients per year. This represents a 3.01% decrease from the previous year (1,197 patients).

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

13.6%
Uninsured
40.6%
Employer Coverage
24.2%
Medicaid
9.23%
Medicare
11.2%
Non-Group
1.16%
Military or VA

Between 2019 and 2020, the percent of uninsured citizens in Memphis, TN declined by 1% from 13.7% to 13.6%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Memphis, 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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