Rutherford County, TN

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Population

317,157

2.89% growth

Median Age

33.8


Median Household Income

$68,514

12% growth

Poverty Rate

11.8%


Number of Employees

173,238

7.35% growth

Median Property Value

$216,600

21.4% growth

About

In 2017, Rutherford County, TN had a population of 317k people with a median age of 33.8 and a median household income of $68,514. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Rutherford County, TN grew from 308,251 to 317,157, a 2.89% increase and its median household income grew from $61,157 to $68,514, a 12% increase.

The population of Rutherford County, TN is 71.8% White Alone, 14.1% Black or African American Alone, and 7.57% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Rutherford County, TN speak a non-English language, and 95.7% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Rutherford County, TN are Middle Tennessee State University (4,919 degrees awarded in 2016), Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro (243 degrees), and Paul Mitchell the School-Murfreesboro (120 degrees).

The median property value in Rutherford County, TN is $216,600, and the homeownership rate is 64.5%. Most people in Rutherford County, TN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 28 minutes. The average car ownership in Rutherford County, TN is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Rutherford County, TN employs 173k people. The largest industries in Rutherford County, TN are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,515 people), Manufacturing (20,881 people), and Retail Trade (20,620 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,247), Finance & Insurance ($56,458), and Utilities ($56,245).

Median household income in Rutherford County, TN is $68,514. Males in Rutherford County, TN have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,600. The income inequality in Rutherford County, TN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$68,514

2017 value

± $3,017

12%

1 Year Growth

± 4.66%

Households in Rutherford County, TN have a median annual income of $68,514, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,157 in 2016, which represents a 12% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,123

Average Male Salary

± $1,402

$43,600

Average Female Salary

± $960

In 2017, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.36 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. American Indian

    $57,449 ± $19,869

  2. Asian

    $56,772 ± $6,752

  3. White

    $47,804 ± $932

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was American Indian. These workers were paid 1.01 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Rutherford County, TN is from Tennessee.

0.466

2017 Wage GINI

0.464

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.365% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Tennessee was lower than than the national average of 0.479. 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 413.01

  2. Census Tract 411.01

  3. Census Tract 410

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Rutherford County, TN was Census Tract 413.01 with a value of $107,578, followed by Census Tract 411.01 and Census Tract 410, with respective values of $97,689 and $92,616.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

11.8% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Rutherford County, TN (34.7k out of 293k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 18 - 24, followed by Males 18 - 24 and then Females 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

    23,832 ± 1,318

  2. Black

    7,656 ± 817

  3. Hispanic

    5,532 ± 621

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Rutherford County, TN is White, followed by Black 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

173k

2017 Value

± 7,786

7.35%

1 Year growth

± 6.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rutherford County, TN grew at a rate of 7.35%, from 161k employees to 173k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Rutherford County, TN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,555 people), Sales & Related Occupations (19,838 people), and Management Occupations (16,592 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Rutherford County, TN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Rutherford County, TN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (26,555 people), Sales & Related Occupations (19,838 people), and Management Occupations (16,592 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rutherford County, TN has an unusually high number of residents working as Material Moving Occupations (1.76 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.46 times), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1.2 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Rutherford County, TN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($70,670), Management Occupations ($66,498), and Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($65,194).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

173k

2017 Value

± 7,786

7.35%

1 Year growth

± 6.03%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Rutherford County, TN grew at a rate of 7.35%, from 161k employees to 173k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Rutherford County, TN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,515 people), Manufacturing (20,881 people), and Retail Trade (20,620 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Rutherford County, TN, though some of these residents may live in Rutherford 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 Rutherford County, TN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (24,515 people), Manufacturing (20,881 people), and Retail Trade (20,620 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Rutherford County, TN has an unusually high number of Management of Companies & Enterprises (2.82 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.26 times), and Manufacturing (1.25 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Rutherford County, TN, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($90,247), Finance & Insurance ($56,458), and Utilities ($56,245).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $33.7B

  2. $31.1B

  3. $26.9B

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

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Tennessee products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$333B

2015 Value

$525B

Projected 2045 Value

57.7% growth

In 2015, total outbound Tennessee trade was $333B. This is expected to increase 57.7% to $525B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Tennessee trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Tennessee to other states, or from other states to Tennessee.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $27.6B

  2. $17.3B

  3. $16.7B

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

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

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Health

91.5% of the population of Rutherford County, TN has health coverage, with 58.6% on employee plans, 13% on Medicaid, 6.96% on Medicare, 11.3% on non-group plans, and 1.76% on military or VA plans.

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

Primary care physicians in Rutherford County, TN see 2297 patients per year on average, which represents a 3.38% increase from the previous year (2222 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1857 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1269 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (17.5%). Additionally, Hardeman County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.7%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

2,297 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Rutherford County, TN see an average of 2,297 patients per year. This represents a 3.38% increase from the previous year (2,222 patients).

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

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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%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,372

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$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

8.48%

Uninsured

58.6%

Employer Coverage

13%

Medicaid

6.96%

Medicare

11.3%

Non-Group

1.76%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Rutherford County, TN grew by 16.5% from 7.28% to 8.48%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Rutherford 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. 17.5% prevalence

  2. 17% prevalence

  3. 16.8% prevalence

Dyer County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Tennessee, at 17.5%.

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

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Diversity

Rutherford County, TN is home to a population of 317k people, from which 95.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 6.84% of Rutherford County, TN residents were born outside of the country (21.7k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Rutherford County, TN is composed of 221k White Alone residents (71.8%), 43.6k Black or African American Alone residents (14.1%), 23.3k Hispanic or Latino residents (7.57%), 10k Asian Alone residents (3.25%), 8.75k Two or More Races residents (2.84%), 755 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.245%), 558 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.181%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Rutherford County, TN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

33

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 2.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Rutherford County, TN was 33.8. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 33, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Rutherford County, TN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Rutherford County, TN residents was 33.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

6.84%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

21.7k people

6.6%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

20.3k people

As of 2017, 6.84% of Rutherford County, TN residents (21.7k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Rutherford County, TN was 6.6%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    88,278 ± 7,246 people

  2. India

    28,843 ± 4,161 people

  3. China

    15,957 ± 3,098 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 88,278 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 28,843 and China with 15,957.

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Citizenship

95.7%

2017 Citizenship

96.2%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 95.7% of Rutherford County, TN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Rutherford County, TN was 96.2%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    221k ± 883

  2. Black or African American Alone

    43.6k ± 1.47k

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    23.3k ± 2.98k

In 2016, there were 5.07 times more White Alone residents (221k people) in Rutherford County, TN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 43.6k Black or African American Alone and 23.3k Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Rutherford County, TN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Rutherford County, TN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Rutherford County, TN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Rutherford County, TN are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. false

    0 ± 0

  2. false

    0 ± 0

  3. false

    0 ± 0

Rutherford County, TN has a large population of military personnel who served in false, N/A times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Rutherford County, TN awarded 5,335 degrees. The student population of Rutherford County, TN is skewed towards women, with 10,248 male students and 12,621 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Rutherford County, TN are White (3,734 and 72.6%), followed by Black or African American (885 and 17.2%), Hispanic or Latino (203 and 3.95%), and Asian (148 and 2.88%).

The largest universities in Rutherford County, TN by number of degrees awarded are Middle Tennessee State University (4,919 and 92.2%), Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Murfreesboro (243 and 4.55%), and Paul Mitchell the School-Murfreesboro (120 and 2.25%).

The most popular majors in Rutherford County, TN are Liberal Arts & Sciences (393 and 7.37%), General Business Administration & Management (293 and 5.49%), and Mass Communication & Media Studies (286 and 5.36%).

The median tuition costs in Rutherford County, TN are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $6,600 and $23,736 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 281 degrees awarded

  2. 221 degrees awarded

  3. 393 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Rutherford County, TN was Mass Communication & Media Studies with 281 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 4,919 degrees awarded

  2. 243 degrees awarded

  3. 120 degrees awarded

$6,600

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Rutherford County, TN institution with the largest number of graduating students was Middle Tennessee State University with 4,919 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

2,283

Degrees Awarded to Men

3,052

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 2,283 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Rutherford County, TN, which is 0.748 times less than the 3,052 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    3,734 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    885 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    203 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Rutherford County, TN were to White students. These 3,734 degrees mean that there were 4.22 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 885 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Rutherford County, TN was $216,600 in 2017, which is 0.995 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $178,400 to $216,600, a 21.4% increase. The homeownership rate in Rutherford County, TN is 64.5%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Rutherford County, TN have an average commute time of 28 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Rutherford County, TN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$68,514

Median Household Income

± $3,017

113k

Number of Households

± 5,986

In 2017, the median household income of the 113k households in Rutherford County, TN grew to $68,514 from the previous year's value of $61,157.

The following chart displays the households in Rutherford 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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Housing

Property Value

$216,600

2017 Median

± $7,488

$178,400

2016 Median

± $7,544

In 2017, the median property value in Rutherford County, TN grew to to $216,600 from the previous year's value of $178,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Rutherford 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 Rutherford County, TN the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

64.5%

2017 Homeownership

66%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 64.5% of the housing units in Rutherford County, TN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 66%.

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

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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Commute Time

28 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Rutherford County, TN have a longer commute time (28 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.5 minutes). Additionally, 4.62% of the workforce in Rutherford County, TN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    84%

  2. Carpooled

    8.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.93%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Rutherford County, TN was Drove Alone (84%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.7%) and those who Worked At Home (4.93%).

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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