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Old 04-21-2012, 08:49 PM
 
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I ran across Census figures from 1900 and thought it would be fun to compare what Tennessee was like in 1900 vs. 2010. It's interesting to see what counties were relatively prominent in 1900 compared to today.

1900 rank...County...1900 pop...2010 pop...2010 rank

1... Shelby County... 153,557... 927,644...1
2... Davidson County... 122,815... 626,681...2
3... Knox County... 74,302... 432,226...3
4... Hamilton County... 61,695... 336,463...4
5... Maury County... 42,703... 80,956...16
6... Gibson County... 39,408... 49,683...29
7... Madison County... 36,333... 98,294...14
8... Montgomery County... 36,017... 172,331...7
9... Rutherford County... 33,543... 262,604...5
10... Giles County... 33,035... 29,485...50
11... Weakley County... 32,546... 35,021...43
12... Greene County... 30,596... 68,831...19
13... Fayette County... 29,701... 38,413...40
14... Tipton County... 29,273... 61,081...22
15... Obion County... 28,286... 31,807...48
16... Wilson County... 27,078... 113,993...12
17... Williamson County... 26,429... 183,182...6
18... Lincoln County... 26,304... 33,361...44
19... Sumner County... 26,072... 160,645...8
20... Haywood County... 25,189... 18,787...67
21... Robertson County... 25,029... 66,283...20
22... Sullivan County... 24,935... 156,823...9
23... Hawkins County... 24,267... 56,833...23
24... Carroll County... 24,250... 28,522...51
25... Henry County... 24,208... 32,330...45
26... Bedford County... 23,845... 45,058...33
27... Dyer County... 23,776... 38,335...41
28... Hardeman County... 22,976... 27,253...55
29... Roane County... 22,738... 54,181...25
30... Washington County... 22,604... 122,979...11
31... Sevier County... 22,021... 89,889...15
32... Lauderdale County... 21,971... 27,815...53
33... Claiborne County... 20,696... 32,213...46
34... Franklin County... 20,392... 41,052...36
35... Hardin County... 19,246... 26,026...57
36... Blount County... 19,206... 123,010...10
37... McMinn County... 19,163... 52,266...27
38... Cocke County... 19,153... 35,662...42
39... Smith County... 19,026... 19,166...65
40... Marshall County... 18,763... 30,617...49
41... Dickson County... 18,635... 49,666...30
42... Jefferson County... 18,590... 51,407...28
43... Monroe County... 18,585... 44,519...34
44... Henderson County... 18,117... 27,769...54
45... McNairy County... 17,760... 26,075...56
46... Anderson County... 17,634... 75,129...17
47... Campbell County... 17,317... 40,716...37
48... Marion County... 17,281... 28,237...52
49... Putnam County... 16,890... 72,321...18
50... Carter County... 16,688... 49,666...31
51... DeKalb County... 16,460... 18,723...68
52... Warren County... 16,410... 39,839...38
53... Hickman County... 16,367... 24,690...59
54... Crockett County... 15,867... 14,586...77
55... Bradley County... 15,759... 98,963...13
56... Coffee County... 15,574... 52,796...26
57... Grainger County... 15,512... 22,657...60
58... Lawrence County... 15,402... 41,869...35
59... Stewart County... 15,224... 13,324...81
60... Jackson County... 15,039... 11,638...86
61... Rhea County... 14,318... 31,809...47
62... White County... 14,157... 25,841...58
63... Humphreys County... 13,398... 18,538...69
64... Overton County... 13,353... 22,083...63
65... Wayne County... 12,936... 17,021...74
66... Union County... 12,894... 19,109...66
67... Macon County... 12,881... 22,248...61
68... Hamblen County... 12,728 62,544...21
69... Cannon County... 12,121... 13,801...79
70... Benton County... 11,888... 16,489...76
71... Polk County... 11,357... 16,825...75
72... Hancock County... 11,147... 6,819...92
73... Scott County... 11,077... 22,228...62
74... Loudon County... 10,838... 48,556...32
75... Johnson County... 10,589... 18,244...71
76... Decatur County... 10,439... 11,757...84
77... Cheatham County... 10,112... 39,105...39
78... Chester County... 9,896... 17,131...73
79... Morgan County... 9,587... 21,987...64
80... Perry County... 8,800... 7,915...88
81... Clay County... 8,421... 7,861...90
82... Cumberland County... 8,311... 56,053...24
83... Grundy County... 7,802... 13,703...80
84... Meigs County... 7,491... 11,753...85
85... Lake County... 7,368... 7,832...91
86... Bledsoe County... 6,626... 12,876...82
87... Houston County... 6,476... 8,426...87
88... Fentress County... 6,106... 17,959...72
89... Trousdale County... 6,004... 7,870...89
90... Unicoi County... 5,851... 18,313...70
91... Moore County... 5,706... 6,362...93
92... James County... 5,407... *
93... Pickett County... 5,366... 5,077...95
94... Lewis County... 4,455... 12,161...83
95... Sequatchie County... 3,326... 14,112...78
96... Van Buren County... 3,126... 5,548...94

*James County was absorbed into Hamilton County in 1919.

Tennessee's population went from 2,020,616 in 1900 to 6,346,105 in 2010.
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Old 04-22-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Kingsport, TN
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Thanks for compiling that. Interesting to see that a several counties' populations actually declined over that period, some quite drastically (i.e., Haywood, Jackson & Hancock).
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Old 04-23-2012, 03:23 PM
 
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Thanks for compiling that. Interesting to see that a several counties' populations actually declined over that period, some quite drastically (i.e., Haywood, Jackson & Hancock).
Thanks!

I thought that was interesting, too, how some counties actually lost population over the last 110 years even though the state as a whole more than tripled in population.

I also think it's interesting to see that in 1900 the population of Tennessee was fairly evenly spread out throughout the state. The difference between the largest county (Shelby) and the smallest county (Van Buren) in 1950 was about 150,000. But in 2010 the difference between the largest county (still Shelby) and the smallest (Pickett) was over 920,000.

Put another way: in 1900, the 20 largest counties had 1/3 of the state's population. In 2010, the 20 largest counties had 2/3 of the state's population.

And what happened to Maury County? It was the 5th largest county in 1900, a position now held by Rutherford County. Hard to believe. And Greene County was the most populous county in what is now the Tri Cities, bigger than both Washington and Sullivan counties. How weird is that?

It looks like the biggest gainers were Cumberland County (+58 spots), Hamblen County (+47 spots), Bradley County (+42 spots), Putnam County (+31 spots), Anderson County (+29 spots), Blount County (+26 spots), and Washington County (+19 spots).
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Old 04-23-2012, 07:16 PM
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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I still marvel at the fact that a little over 70 years ago there was no Oak Ridge. Then again, some small communities disappeared because of The Secret City and Norris Dam, too!
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