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Old 09-15-2011, 08:42 AM
 
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American City Business Journals used recent population trends to estimate 2011 populations for all of the metro and micropolitan areas in the country. Here's how Tennessee's areas stack up:

Area...2011 pop...change from 2010

Nashville...1,628,866...38,932
Memphis...1,331,004...14,904
Knoxville...708,550...10,520
Chattanooga...535,149...7,006
Kingsport...310,996...1,452
Clarksville...280,566...6,617
Johnson City...201,146...2,430
Morristown...138,345...1,737
Cleveland...117,512...1,724
Jackson...116,789...1,364
Cookeville...108,028...1,986
Tullahoma...100,807...597
Sevierville...92,325...2,436
Columbia...82,461...1,505
Greeneville...69,423...592
Crossville...57,240...1,187
Harriman...54,289...108
Athens...52,526...260
Humboldt...50,015...332
Shelbyville...45,945...887
Lawrenceburg...42,326...457
La Follette...40,750...34
McMinnville...40,078...239
Union City...38,511...-109
Dyersburg...38,485...150
Newport...35,783...121
Martin...35,293...272
Paris...32,536...206
Lewisburg...31,209...592
Brownsville...18,637...-150
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Old 09-15-2011, 11:13 PM
 
Location: denison,tx
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Wonder why UNION CITY and BROWNSVILLE decreased in population when everywhere else grew? Anybody know?
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:24 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Wonder why UNION CITY and BROWNSVILLE decreased in population when everywhere else grew? Anybody know?
They are small, small towns...and the economy in small towns generally aren't as good as they are in the larger areas. In general, the micropolitan areas farthest from the Big 4 are the slowest growers.

Here's a little more with the numbers (growth rate & grand division)

Big 4 metros:
Nashville...1,628,866...38,932 +2.45% - Middle
Memphis...1,331,004...14,904 +1.13% - West
Knoxville...708,550...10,520 +1.51% - East
Chattanooga...535,149...7,006 +1.33% - East

Smaller metros:
Kingsport-Bristol...310,996...1,452 +0.47% - East
Clarksville...280,566...6,617 +2.42% - Middle
Johnson City...201,146...2,430 +1.22% - East
Morristown...138,345...1,737 +1.27% - East
Cleveland...117,512...1,724 +1.49% - East
Jackson...116,789...1,364 +1.18% - West

Micropolitan areas:
Cookeville...108,028...1,986 +1.87% - Middle
Tullahoma...100,807...597 +0.60% - Middle
Sevierville...92,325...2,436 +2.71% - East
Columbia...82,461...1,505 +1.86% - Middle
Greeneville...69,423...592 +0.86% - East
Crossville...57,240...1,187 +2.12% - East
Harriman...54,289...108 +0.20% - East
Athens...52,526...260 +0.50% - East
Humboldt...50,015...332 +0.67% - West
Shelbyville...45,945...887 +1.97% - Middle
Lawrenceburg...42,326...457 +1.09% - Middle
La Follette...40,750...34 +0.01% - East
McMinnville...40,078...239 +0.06% - Middle
Union City...38,511...-109 -0.28% - West
Dyersburg...38,485...150 +0.39% - West
Newport...35,783...121 +0.34% - East
Martin...35,293...272 +0.78% - West
Paris...32,536...206 +0.64% - West
Lewisburg...31,209...592 +1.93% - Middle
Brownsville...18,637...-150 -0.80% - West

By growth rate:
Sevierville...92,325...2,436 +2.71% - East
Nashville...1,628,866...38,932 +2.45% - Middle
Clarksville...280,566...6,617 +2.42% - Middle
Crossville...57,240...1,187 +2.12% - East
Shelbyville...45,945...887 +1.97% - Middle
Lewisburg...31,209...592 +1.93% - Middle
Cookeville...108,028...1,986 +1.87% - Middle
Columbia...82,461...1,505 +1.86% - Middle
Knoxville...708,550...10,520 +1.51% - East
Cleveland...117,512...1,724 +1.49% - East
Chattanooga...535,149...7,006 +1.33% - East
Morristown...138,345...1,737 +1.27% - East
Johnson City...201,146...2,430 +1.22% - East
Jackson...116,789...1,364 +1.18% - West
Memphis...1,331,004...14,904 +1.13% - West
Lawrenceburg...42,326...457 +1.09% - Middle
Greeneville...69,423...592 +0.86% - East
Martin...35,293...272 +0.78% - West
Humboldt...50,015...332 +0.67% - West
Paris...32,536...206 +0.64% - West
Tullahoma...100,807...597 +0.60% - Middle
Athens...52,526...260 +0.50% - East
Kingsport-Bristol...310,996...1,452 +0.47% - East
Dyersburg...38,485...150 +0.39% - West
Newport...35,783...121 +0.34% - East
Harriman...54,289...108 +0.20% - East
McMinnville...40,078...239 +0.06% - Middle
La Follette...40,750...34 +0.01% - East
Union City...38,511...-109 -0.28% - West
Brownsville...18,637...-150 -0.80% - West

All statistical areas (CSAs and primary statistical areas):

Nashville...1,711,327...40,437
---Nashville...1,628,866...38,932
---Columbia...82,461...1,505
Memphis...1,331,004...14,904

Knoxville...1,070,042...14,956
---Knoxville...708,550...10,520
---Morristown...138,345...1,737
---Sevierville...92,325...2,436
---Harriman...54,289...108
---La Follette...40,750...34
---Newport...35,783...121
Chattanooga...705,187...8,990
---Chattanooga...535,149...7,006
---Cleveland...117,512...1,724
---Athens...52,526...260
Tri-Cities...512,142...3,882
---Kingsport-Bristol...310,996...1,452
---Johnson City...201,146...2,430
Clarksville...280,566...6,617

Jackson...166,804...1,696
---Jackson...116,789...1,364
---Humboldt...50,015...332
Cookeville...108,028...1,986
Tullahoma...100,807...597

Union City-Martin...73,804...163
---Union City...38,511...-109
---Martin...35,293...272
Greeneville...69,423...592
Crossville...57,240...1,187
Shelbyville...45,945...887
Lawrenceburg...42,326...457
McMinnville...40,078...239

Dyersburg...38,485...150

Paris...32,536...206
Lewisburg...31,209...592

Brownsville...18,637...-150
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Old 09-16-2011, 07:44 AM
 
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Union City lost population because Goodyear closed. And it's going to get worse.
This week was the first week without pay checks. About 2,000 jobs were lost with the plant closure, and half of those people lived in UC. The unemployment rate in Union City was 11% in July, before the plant closed.
Interstate 69 is currently being built there, hopefully easier access to an interstate will attract new businesses to the area.
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Old 09-16-2011, 03:12 PM
 
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They are small, small towns...and the economy in small towns generally aren't as good as they are in the larger areas. In general, the micropolitan areas farthest from the Big 4 are the slowest growers.

Here's a little more with the numbers (growth rate & grand division)
Great job, and you beat me to it! I was going to go back and divide all the areas, too, to indicate whether they're in West, Middle, or East Tennessee.

It's interesting to note that Nashville continues to be the state's biggest draw. By far. In one year it added more new residents than Memphis, Knoxville, and Chattanooga combined. Middle Tennessee receives over half of the state's population growth.

And I do feel sorry for those West Tennessee towns which just can't seem to get a break. Those 2,000 jobs lost in Union City (and those were high paying union jobs) will have a ripple effect throughout the entire NW corner of the state.
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Old 09-16-2011, 11:59 PM
 
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I can't discern from these charts how much growth Nashville proper has actually seen (as opposed to metro growth). The most recent data I have from DemographicsNow (a proprietary database that uses consumer credit info and post office info) shows that Nashville itself is stagnant.

And I don't know what else to say about rural West Tennessee beyond what other folks have already said. I'm not surprised by the losses in Union City and Brownsville. Both are somewhat isolated, impoverished towns. Brownsville, particularly, has a neat history and some cool old architecture. Northwest TN (Union City, Dyersburg, Dresden, Tiptonville) has been in a population freefall for a couple of decades. Urbanization and globalization are effectively killing this corner of Tennessee.
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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I can't discern from these charts how much growth Nashville proper has actually seen (as opposed to metro growth). The most recent data I have from DemographicsNow (a proprietary database that uses consumer credit info and post office info) shows that Nashville itself is stagnant.
Nashville itself may or may not be stagnant.

They said the same thing 10 years ago. Nashville's growth rate was strapped and there is no one who can take care of this architechture.
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Nashville
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As vols said, Nashville may or may not be stagnant when considering headcount, but the metamorphosis of this community is continuing at a healthy rate. I don't recall ever seeing the number of large, in-town apartments being built, the blooming of downtown retail (the Gulch) and the infrastructure changes that are making strong impacts on the city's feel and appearance. Even at 58 I don't know much about city and county separation as it's not a concept many of us locally have experienced. It's always been metro and seems to make sense most of the time. Our metro will continue its growth with the 2 million mark not too far away, but more importantly, all these new downtown residents will make a positive difference in what we see at ground level. The vibe has most certainly changed for the better. There's always more feet on the streets than I ever remember before. I like it. A lot.
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Old 09-17-2011, 11:47 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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I have no idea why what I said came out so confusing....I must've been distracted when I wrote that.


What I meant is that after Nashville (city) had grown by 59,000 from 1990-2000, the early 2000s estimates had Nashville's city population actually decreasing slightly. It wasn't until 2005/06 until they actually started estimating positive growth. Low and behold, the city grew by 56,000 from 2000-2010.

I think the recession has likely had some effect on the city's growth. It could be stagnant. Then again, it really wouldn't surprise me if there's some modest growth going on. There is still a fair bit of construction going on in town despite the economy.

Of the ~39,000 estimated to have moved to the metro in the past year, I would guess maybe 5-7,000 of that to be in Davidson County (if not more).

People seem to forget that while Rutherford County was the big mover in population in the metro over the past decade (80k growth), Davidson County was actually second (nearly 57k) just ahead of Williamson County.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:12 PM
 
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At one time, wasn't Murfreesboro the town with the largest growth, and where is it on the chart? Or am I losing my mind?

On a lighter note, Paris gained 206 people, all from folks that filled out that "Where should I move to?" questionnaire. (Ongoing joke for the regulars. Every so often we get a "What is Paris, TN like?" question and it always comes back to this questionnaire. I've taken it, and so has JMT, and yep, you guessed it. We should be packing our bags and moving to Paris. )

Knoxville has far more people in it downtown core than it did six years ago. I don't think that's from a population upswing as much as a downtown that is full of beautifully restored buildings with interesting shops, businesses and restaurants. On Saturday's farmer's markets I would say that 10 to 20 percent of the cars in the Market Square parking garage have out-of-state tags.
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