Tennessee

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2019 Population
6.83M
0.874% 1-year growth
US Senator
Marsha Blackburn
Republican Party
US Senator
Bill Hagerty
Republican Party
2019 Median Age
39
0.257% 1-year increase
2019 Poverty Rate
15.2%
5.52% 1-year decrease
2019 Median Household Income
$56,071
7.06% 1-year growth
2019 Median Property Value
$191,900
8.11% 1-year growth
2019 Employed Population
3.03M
2.4% 1-year growth

About

In 2019, Tennessee had a population of 6.83M people with a median age of 39 and a median household income of $56,071. Between 2018 and 2019 the population of Tennessee grew from 6.77M to 6.83M, a 0.874% increase and its median household income grew from $52,375 to $56,071, a 7.06% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Tennessee are White (Non-Hispanic) (73.3%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (16.6%), White (Hispanic) (3.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.06%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1.82%). 7.57% of the households in Tennessee speak a non-English language at home as their primary language.

96.9% of the residents in Tennessee are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Tennessee are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (7,279 degrees awarded in 2019), Middle Tennessee State University (4,940 degrees), and Vanderbilt University (4,514 degrees).

In 2019, the median property value in Tennessee was $191,900, and the homeownership rate was 66.5%. Most people in Tennessee drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 24.4 minutes. The average car ownership in Tennessee was 2 cars per household.

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Diversity

Tennessee is home to a population of 6.83M people, from which 96.9% are citizens. As of 2019, 5.04% of Tennessee residents were born outside of the country (344k people).

In 2019, there were 4.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.01M people) in Tennessee than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.13M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 266k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

The most common foreign languages spoken in Tennessee are Spanish (287,350 speakers), Arabic (25,793 speakers), and Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese) (16,374 speakers).

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Tennessee
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    5.01M ± 3.37k
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    1.13M ± 7.89k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    266k ± 9.16k
5.7%
Hispanic Population
389k people

In 2019, there were 4.42 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (5.01M people) in Tennessee than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.13M Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 266k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

5.7% of the people in Tennessee are hispanic (389k people).

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

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages
  1. Spanish
    287,350 speakers (4.47%)
  2. Arabic
    25,793 speakers (0.402%)
  3. Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese)
    16,374 speakers (0.255%)

7.57% of Tennessee citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 22%.

In 2019, the most common non-English language spoken in Tennessee was Spanish. 4.47% of the overall population of Tennessee are native Spanish speakers. 0.402% speak Arabic and 0.255% speak Chinese (Incl. Mandarin, Cantonese), the next two most common languages.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

5.04%
2019 Foreign-Born Population
344k people
4.93%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
334k people

As of 2019, 5.04% of Tennessee residents (344k 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 Tennessee was 4.93%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

39
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.2
40
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 0.6

In 2019, the median age of all people in Tennessee was 39. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 39, were generally younger than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 40. But people in Tennessee are getting getting older. In 2018, the average age of all Tennessee residents was 39.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    90,399 ± 7,333 people
  2. India
    25,162 ± 3,887 people
  3. Guatemala
    22,860 ± 3,706 people

In 2019, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Tennessee was Mexico, the natal country of 90,399 Tennessee residents, followed by India with 25,162 and Guatemala with 22,860.

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Citizenship

96.9%
2019 Citizenship
96.9%
2018 Citizenship

As of 2019, 96.9% of Tennessee residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.4%. In 2018, the percentage of US citizens in Tennessee was 96.9%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    145,634 ± 5,131
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    93,283 ± 5,702
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    65,837 ± 4,729

Tennessee has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.56 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 Tennessee is $56,071. In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income in Tennessee was Williamson County, TN with a value of $115,507, followed by Wilson County, TN and Rutherford County, TN, with respective values of $80,071 and $69,397.

Males in Tennessee have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $46,943. The income inequality in Tennessee (measured using the Gini index) is 0.466, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Tennessee employs 3.03M people. The largest industries in Tennessee are Restaurants & Food Services (215,129 people), Construction (181,422 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (175,078 people), and the highest paying industries are Spectator sports ($162,213), Petroleum refining ($143,198), and Air transportation ($134,707).

Wages

Median Household Income

$56,071
2019 value
± $658
7.06%
1 Year Growth
± 1.4%

Households in Tennessee have a median annual income of $56,071, 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 $52,375 in 2018, which represents a 7.06% annual growth.

The following chart shows how the median household income in Tennessee compares to that of its neighboring and parent geographies.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

$63,562
Average Male Salary in Tennessee
± $1,473
$46,943
Average Female Salary in Tennessee
± $1,064

In 2019, full-time male employees in Tennessee made 1.35 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

Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Tennessee
  1. Asian
    $76,106 ± $10,142
  2. White
    $51,338 ± $973
  3. Two or More Races
    $42,464 ± $7,062

In 2019 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Tennessee workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.48 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Tennessee.

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Wage Distribution

0.466
2019 Wage GINI in Tennessee
0.464
2018 Wage GINI in Tennessee

In 2019, the income inequality in Tennessee was 0.466 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.472% growth from 2018 to 2019, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less 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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In 2019, the county with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Tennessee was Williamson County, TN with a value of $115,507, followed by Wilson County, TN and Rutherford County, TN, with respective values of $80,071 and $69,397.

The following map shows all of the counties in Tennessee colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

15.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Tennessee (997k out of 6.54M 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 18 - 24 and then Females 35 - 44.

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
    654,501 ± 6,187
  2. Black
    266,778 ± 4,238
  3. Hispanic
    93,353 ± 2,275

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

3.03M
2019 Value
2.4%
1 Year growth
± 2.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Tennessee grew at a rate of 2.4%, from 2.96M employees to 3.03M employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Tennessee, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (82,537 people), Registered nurses (72,172 people), and Cashiers (70,665 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Tennessee.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Tennessee, by number of employees, are Driver/sales workers & truck drivers (82,537 people), Registered nurses (72,172 people), and Cashiers (70,665 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Tennessee has an unusually high number of residents working as Woodworking machine setters, operators, & tenders, except sawing (3.88 times higher than expected), Upholsterers (3.38 times), and Telephone operators (3.32 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Tennessee, by average salary, are Surgeons ($412,625), Physicians ($273,756), and Athletes and sports competitors ($209,405).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

3.03M
2019 Value
2.4%
1 Year growth
± 2.4%

From 2018 to 2019, employment in Tennessee grew at a rate of 2.4%, from 2.96M employees to 3.03M employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Tennessee, are Restaurants & Food Services (215,129 people), Construction (181,422 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (175,078 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Tennessee, though some of these residents may live in Tennessee 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 Tennessee, by number of employees, are Restaurants & Food Services (215,129 people), Construction (181,422 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (175,078 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other states, Tennessee has an unusually high number of Sound recording industries (6.47 times higher than expected), Tire manufacturing (4.92 times), and Prefabricated wood buildings & mobile homes (4.19 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Tennessee, by average salary, are Spectator sports ($162,213), Petroleum refining ($143,198), and Air transportation ($134,707).

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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 Tennessee went to Donald J. Trump with 60.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (34.7%), followed by Other (4.56%). 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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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Tennessee
60.7% 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

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 Tennessee awarded 84,430 degrees. The student population of Tennessee is skewed towards women, with 141,345 male students and 199,623 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Tennessee are White (59,176 and 72.2%), followed by Black or African American (12,751 and 15.6%), Hispanic or Latino (3,720 and 4.54%), and Asian (2,141 and 2.61%).

The largest universities in Tennessee by number of degrees awarded are The University of Tennessee-Knoxville (7,279 and 8.62%), Middle Tennessee State University (4,940 and 5.85%), and Vanderbilt University (4,514 and 5.35%).

The most popular majors in Tennessee are Liberal Arts & Sciences (8,920 and 10.6%), General Business Administration & Management (5,073 and 6.01%), and Registered Nursing (4,569 and 5.41%).

The median tuition costs in Tennessee are $22,875 for private four year colleges, and $7,845 and $23,737 respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 2,787 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 2,673 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 1,758 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common concentation for Bachelors Degree recipients in Tennessee was Registered Nursing with 2,787 degrees awarded.

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

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 7,279 degrees awarded
  2. 4,940 degrees awarded
  3. 4,514 degrees awarded
$7,845
Median In-State Public
$22,875
Median Private

In 2019, the Tennessee institution with the largest number of graduating students was The University of Tennessee-Knoxville with 7,279 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

34,815
Degrees Awarded to Men
49,615
Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2019, 34,815 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Tennessee, which is 0.702 times less than the 49,615 female students who received degrees in the same year.

This chart displays the gender disparity between the top 5 institutions in Tennessee by degrees awarded.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    59,176 degrees awarded
  2. Black or African American
    12,751 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino
    3,720 degrees awarded

In 2019 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions in Tennessee was White students. These 59,176 degrees mean that there were 4.64 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Black or African American, with 12,751 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Tennessee was $191,900 in 2019, which is 0.798 times smaller than the national average of $240,500. Between 2018 and 2019 the median property value increased from $177,500 to $191,900, a 8.11% increase. The homeownership rate in Tennessee is 66.5%, which is higher than the national average of 64.1%. People in Tennessee have an average commute time of 24.4 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Tennessee is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$191,900
2019 Median
± $1,785
$177,500
2018 Median
± $1,856

In 2019, the median property value in Tennessee grew to to $191,900 from the previous year's value of $177,500.

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

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Household Income

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$56,071
Median Household Income
± $658
2.65M
Number of Households
± 29,167

In 2019, the median household income of the 2.65M households in Tennessee grew to $56,071 from the previous year's value of $52,375.

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

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Rent vs Own

66.5%
2019 Homeownership
66.2%
2018 Homeownership

In 2019, 66.5% of the housing units in Tennessee were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.2%.

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

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Commute Time

24.4 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Tennessee have a shorter commute time (24.4 minutes) than the normal US worker (26 minutes). Additionally, 2.08% of the workforce in Tennessee have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2019
  1. Drove Alone (82%)
  2. Carpooled (8.9%)
  3. Worked At Home (5.64%)

In 2019, 82% of workers in Tennessee drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (8.9%) and those who worked at home (5.64%).

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

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Health

89.9% of the population of Tennessee has health coverage, with 46.2% on employee plans, 16.4% on Medicaid, 12.4% on Medicare, 12.6% on non-group plans, and 2.17% 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 Tennessee see 1396 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1396 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1801 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 634 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, DeKalb County and Lauderdale County have the highest prevalence of diabetes (21.5%). Additionally, Lauderdale County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (47.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,396 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Tennessee

Primary care physicians in Tennessee see an average of 1,396 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,396 patients).

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

10.1%
Uninsured
46.2%
Employer Coverage
16.4%
Medicaid
12.4%
Medicare
12.6%
Non-Group
2.17%
Military or VA

Between 2018 and 2019, the percent of uninsured citizens in Tennessee grew by 0.23% from 10.1% to 10.1%.

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